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Working For Bigger Landscape Comapny For Education

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by DSLND, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Hey guys,

    Well as many of you know, this Fall i will be heading into the best four years of my life. Yes entering High School as a FreshMan/Freshmeat. Went and signed up for summer school yesterday to get me accustomed to the school and extra credits for more enjoyable classes. I start Monday and am totally excited! But what ran through my mind is that i would really like to take landscape classes throughout my high school career and major in the horticulture division during college. Well there is a decent sized landscape company in my town (10+ trucks plus supply yard) where i get all of my materials for my home and others. I was thinking that instead of going out and trying to land all of these landscape jobs with minimal experience behind me, try to stay a more Maintenance business through High School and work part time at the landscaping company. I have begun developing relationships with the people down there and they seem to enjoy my company down there, being i love going down there and can ride my bike from my place there. I was thinking that if i could get a job mainly during the summer there working there, then it is like an education but getting paid. Even if minimum wage, i am still getting experience and education. I know that i will get the dirty work at first, but i think it would benefit me a lot. Now in my company, i would try to stay around 25 yards/week along with clean ups, mulch, hedge trimming and snow removal. But this could put me "a step-ahead" of the game and get me going so i can expand into the landscape/hardscape division once i'm in and or out of college. What do you think? -Mitch-
  2. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Bump.... -Mitch-
  3. Palmer'sLS

    Palmer'sLS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 535

    sounds like youve already made the decision :laugh:

    gotta start somewhere, paid training would be nice
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    High school "best four years of life" puh-leeeeeze.

    In all seriousness though, I think it would be bennificial to work for someone else, like palmer sadi, view it as paid training.
  5. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Basically paid training. Exactly! Even if it is minimum wage, i will most likely just put that money into my college fund along with the couple hundred i put in there monthly from my own business. Then just use the income from my business for college, gas, equipment, and entertainment. Oh and can't forget to build my account for expansion later.:weightlifter: -Mitch-
  6. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Lets put this one back at the top! -Mitch-:usflag:
  7. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    I WAS gonna work for another LCO this summer (not necessilary for education though, as I am pretty educated already on mowing and trimming lol) but that kinda fell through after the first week, so I have just focused on getting more lawns and messing around with some friends. I am thinking of working for some differnet LCOs or landscape companys...but...at this point I like sleeping till 9 every day and not having anything that I HAVE to do that day (except most fridays I am mowing at 7, do all 15 or so on friday usually).
  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Really, that is a great idea. You get paid, and learn at the same time, and when you exit high school you'll have a great base of knowledge to enter horticulture at whichever university you choose.

    I think it's a great idea, just don't let your job interfere with your education.
  9. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,807

    i have a buddy that had his own business but couldn't make it.. he went to work for brickman as an asst manager or something along those lines.. he said if he worked for brickman first and used all of their systems and practices it would have made his business a lot more succesful...
  10. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    It is a great idea. Everything I learned was on the job- better than any classroom would have ever done.

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