a reply to: 5letters
I didn't suggest you look for a job as a janitor. I suggested you look for a job in the industry. I don't understand how you can say you're over
qualified when you don't have any experience. All due respect, but education counts for knowledge, not experience. College teaches you how to think,
not how to 'do'. Experience is what gets you the jobs.
I'm an Engineer, but I got to where I am based on experience. I was an Engineer long before I worked as one. In fact, I didn't even work in the
field my education was in for probably my first 10-12 years. My education was in electronics and I worked in heavy construction as a surveyor, and in
the energy sector (oilfields), then up through the ranks to Asst. Superintendent, Superintendent and PM...all outside of my field. I wasn't even
working in electrical. As a matter of fact, even today I've never had anyone ask me what my education was in. The only thing people were interested
in was experience...any kind of industry experience. Now I work in aviation systems electronics engineering, but if you looked at my early resume
you'd think I was a field supervisor in heavy general construction or the energy sector.
And yes, the internet and .25 cents won't even get you a cup of coffee. Do you know how many people try to get jobs from places like Monster dot com?
It has got to be in the tens of millions. I can't tell a thing about someone from a sheet of paper, and half of that is usually lies anyway (not
you, just resumes in general). I can tell even less on the internet.
I hire people all the time in our field, and I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't care what your suit looks like (or if you even have one), I
don't really care what your education is. I don't care what you look like, what nationality, color, sex or persuasion you are. I'm going to ask you
questions, but I'm looking for two things, and two things only. I'm looking for your attitude and ability to show up, and I'm looking for your
willingness and capability to learn how to do the job I need you to do. That's it. I choose the questions I do not because I care about the answer,
but rather to see how you go about answering them. And, there's one thing I absolutely cannot stand, and this is when someone uses a piece of paper
to tell me why they are 'entitled' to a job. That's the fastest way to get shown the door.
Now, you may wonder why I wrote that last part, and I'll let you draw your own conclusions. However, I would suggest digesting it thoroughly. This,
coming from a 56 year old crusty bastage with now 32 years (25 with the same company) experience in aviation and electronic systems.
BTW...I'm not being critical here, I am trying to be helpful to you. You seem like a bright person, but I think you just need some real world
experience, not more education. You know the old saying...'those who can't do, teach'
Best of luck to you!
P.S. I have long advocated that there should be a prerequisite of a minimum two years work or military experience prior to college admission. This
would solve a lot of dilemmas similar to yours.
edit on 11/28/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)