posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 02:25 AM
Learn to adapt, and to be useful. Years of training for a career is a silly way to imprison yourself within the confines of a single element of the
wider spectrum. Say you train for a specific specialized industry or position, what happens when that little narrow scope of expertise isn't
I've been to school, but most of the useful stuff i've learned was through self education and experience. I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic, but i
don't wrench on planes. I aced the MCSE tests but i don't work in IT. I'm also trained as a firefighter but i don't do that either. school
taught me only that specialized training only serves to back yourself into a career corner.
You want to learn some real skills that are more useful through a wide range of fields? Learn to build stuff, fix stuff, and cook stuff. Those are
the three big ones. If you can build stuff, like houses and machines, fix stuff that breaks, and cook well, then you're probably a lot better off
than if you went to school with the goal of getting a single specific position in a single industry. You and your whole graduating class get to
fight over a few open slots, it's a lot like gambling. Do everything right, and you're still risking failure. If you do have a passion for
something that requires formal training, and the drive to be the best in the game, then don't be put off by having to attend school, but still, learn
the three basic but useful skills i've listed above.
Currently, i cook and turn wrenches. No matter what, as long as there's people, they need to eat, and someone still needs to prepare food. If
there's no more food available to cook then you've got bigger problems than finding a job. Currently i work in fine dining, four star type stuff,
at one of the top ten restaurants in the state. When i'm not doing food, i'm building or fixing something. Right now i'm building and fixing on
custom motorbikes and alternative transportation devices, including electric vehicles.
Even if it comes down to the mad max days, i'll still be wrenching and cooking, cause until we're all gone that stuff is still needed. When
there's no such thing as a stock market anymore or global financial affairs, there's still going to be tools and machines that need fixing, shelter
and facilities that need building, and general stuff that needs doing.
Want a REAL education? Go get a job building houses and pay attention, learn how to build a solid stable and safe structure. When you're pretty
good at framing and all the stuff that goes along with it, try to get a job as a mechanic of some sort. Same thing, pay attention, study what
you're doing to a high degree. Get a job in the kitchen, and not just any kitchen, but a REAL restaurant where food is actualy made from
ingredients. Taking precooked food out of a wrapper, heating it up and tossing it on a plate isn't cooking. Learn to trim meats, sautee, bake,
and cut. In the real food world being good with a blade is a big deal. If you can work your blade efficiently and with skill, you become a VERY
valuable asset. Being good with a blade means the difference between taking an hour or a few minutes to get a job done.
Incidental to the three things i've mentioned, there are a lot of things to know, and knowing them makes you useful throughout a broad spectrum of
fields, and in the pursuit of being a cook, a mechanic, or a builder, you'll learn a LOT of stuff that textbook training will never approach.
These positions probably won't earn you top dollar, but you've got security in the fact that when you can't get that 50-60K per year position that
the masses of "educated" people are fighting over, you can still find a job in one of these fields.
I've had literally hundreds of vsatly different jobs, some that required formal training, and others not. Some jobs i've gotten even without
formal training that supposedly "require" it and i was able to acquire by proving my usefulness and ability to grasp the "mechanics" of whatever
it may be. From digging holes to verifying the optical resolution of satellite imagery and cartography, from building an outhouse to tilting 90 ton
concrete walls, from scrubbing dishes and sweeping the floor, to managing a high volume fine dining operation, all these jobs and many others that
i've held were gained from experience and usefuless, and in return have allowed my experience to grow in many directions.