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Originally posted by phoenix_cross
william, what kind of employment?
Originally posted by Estragon
This may sound rather odd ( it is based upon a great deal of experience); but -while a college/university education is a good thing: in the Western world at least there is another avenue that is increasingly neglected.
This is to acquire a trade or craft (used to be called an apprenticeship in the UK).
Essentially, a good plumber, electrician or mechanic (to name but three) can pretty much name his or her own price.
I cannot speak for the US; but in Europe and Canada we are already seeing immigration of tradesmen and craftsmen from the former Iron Curtain countries. They're d*mned good, and work for very little.
I'm a product of academe myself; but I've never taken the view that getting one's hands dirty is somehow a career failure.