To some degree, it does depend on your education level but this can be looked at from many different angles. First off if you are wanting to be a full-fledged mechanic starting out, you will want at least an associate's degree and an internship in order to feel fully ready to dive into the world of mechanical work. But from my experience, I joined the Harley Davidson team for a summer knowing very little mechanics (especially that of motorcycles) and I was able to be a very successful parts salesman for them because I am a fast learner and picked up many things as I went. Additionally you should always be provided resources such as managers and books/manuals in order to fill those missing gaps of experience. I found that once I was able to navigate a manual fairly well I had no problems helping customers and that only took a few weeks to get the hang of. In terms of "getting into" the automotive industry, it is a field that needs workers right now. There are a plethora of entry-level positions and I am positive that someone with ambition could work their way up in any company fairly fast. For example, in the company I worked for I saw sales reps, part salesmen, etc. be promoted (in terms of pay) to technicians within their first few years of working there. They did this because they found more of a love for working on motorcycles rather than selling them.
In conclusion it all depends on what your end goal is and what type of knowledge you need to bring to the table. Some fields may require a bit of mechanical knowledge but other's will not. If you are looking to get into sales just bring your personality and your shop techs/part guys will help you get the correct things for your customers. College is definitely not necessary but could be helpful if you want to speed up your career.
I hope I helped answer some questions for you.
have a blessed day,
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Certain roles, like being a mechanic, might require some formal education, which could be as brief as six months or longer, depending on the specific job you're eyeing and the level you wish to achieve. There are also options like trade schools or collision centers that could align with your interests. So, it's all about what sparks your enthusiasm!
Good luck with your future. Remember to learn all you can and to work hard.