College is not for everyone and one Local 567 member has the story to prove to it.
For Gabe Seeley, the decision to leave college was one he did not regret.
“Before joining the Local, I considered myself to have the same mindset as all other college goers around me,” Seeley said. “I was convinced that to be successful and financially stable in life, I needed to attend a university and earn a college degree.”
Throughout his first year at Husson University, he did not know what he wanted to do for a living.
“I just knew I had to be there,” he said. “My main focus was playing football and just passing my general classes.”
Something though, was missing.
“At the end of my freshman year, my state of panic was building and I thought I should know what I wanted to do by then,” said Seeley.
As his panic increased, Seeley began to research other careers, including what the IBEW had to offer.
He was impressed with the types of benefits offered by a career through the IBEW and decided to pursue a future with the Local.
“After I began reaping the ‘on paper’ benefits, I soon realized there were many more benefits I received within myself,” he said. “I began to build more and more confidence with every day of work and class. Not only did my knowledge of electrical systems and construction grow, but I grew into an adult as well.”
In four years as an apprentice, Seeley said he made many great memories, and plans to make many more as a licensed journeyman.
“Thank you Local 567, and to all the people, who have helped me shape my future. I can confidently say I love my job, and am excited to see what my future holds,” he added.