In high school I worked in a sharpening shop. Machine shop.
After high school I joined the army and was a Tank crew member for 6 years.
I figured out that I enjoyed machining while I was in the Army.
Used the money I got from the Army.....GI Bill, Army College Fund, to get a two year degree in Manufacturing (heavy in machining).
I love the work, but on occasion there are layoffs in this field because machining is much cheaper over seas. They can pay them with rice to run the CNC machines that I run here for a living.