Hows its going everyone, So as the title implies I am unsure as to what to do with my continuing my education. Im a 26 year old veteran about to finish my AA degree next semester. Problem I am having is should I continue on and get a traditional 4yr degree, or (more than likely) enroll in the University of Florida's pest control technology certificate program thereby qualifying me by education to take the exam and get licensed. I should also mention that I currently work for my fathers landscape/Property Maintenance/Irrigation/Tree Service Co. (licensed individually for each). Ultimately I'm thinking about my future and whats going to make me the most profitable and successful. No one can deny that having a bachelors in business administration wouldnt open a bunch of doors for someone. Not to mention that its an incredibly flexible degree and I would be able to work in wide range of business related fields. But the reality is the economy SUCKS right now and companies aren't hiring, going under, etc Im sure I don't have to remind you guys. Even if I did get hired right out school I absolutely hate the idea of having to start out at bottom of the totem pole at some whatever company! My fathers company is going into its 24th year and I have literally watched the company grow from a truck and trailer parked alongside our house to the 20+ man operation we have going today. There's a personal attachment I have with the business, but I also see the incredible potential for growth. Our irrigation and tree service divisions are only operating at about what i would estimate to be 50% of there capacity. Furthermore the addition of pest control qualifier would really separate us from the pack and put us in a different "league". The problem here is I am required to work for a licensed company for 1 year, but based on what I have learnt from asking around no one really seems to keen on hiring someone on the pretense they are qualifying a future competitor.... With the Post 9/11 GI Bill I get a 1,800$ monthly housing stipend, plus what I get working part time for the old man I am able to live pretty good. Is there a way I could "intern" at golf course or a chemical supplier to get my OJT??? I don't want to spend the time getting the Pest Control Tech. Cert just to get stonewalled or have to bust my a$$ and take a pay cut to go gut it out dragging hoses through yards working for someone else.... I also don't want to be dishonest and have an owner invest his time training some one he thinks may be a longtime time employee when that is not my intention. I guess the point is i'm looking for a sounding board and perhaps some advice and or perspective...... Thanks for taking the time to read. BTW I operate out of South Florida.