Comments: Duuuh! (or thank insert Diety here that I have a job with a name tag)

"It's not the age, it's the mileage."

In that case, I'm not 39, I'm 417. Bwhah!

Thanks for the linky-love, hon. When I was hiring for the bars I managed I'd say: I'll take a no-nonsense non-college-graduate anyday. They generally know a helluva lot more about common sense than the average BA. Plus, they're more deferential. Aheh.

Posted by Emma at April 11, 2004 03:56 AM

After I took the ASVAB in high school, the Air Force tried to recruit me based on my scores; I declined since I had my heart set on going to college. I was just wondering the other day what I'd be doing today if I'd gone with the Air Force...

Posted by Susie at April 11, 2004 09:08 AM

Gee Emma,

I would have sworn that you weren't a day over 342. ;)

Think nothing of the Linky Love. I always try to give credit when someone sparks an idea.

Susie,

Yeah, it's amazing to think about all the little choices that stack up to make a life. I think we all have to do the "what if" thing from time to time.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at April 11, 2004 01:40 PM

Of college, I will say this: there's nothing taught there that you can't learn from the public library for a lot less.

Posted by Harvey at April 12, 2004 10:30 AM

Harvey, but the Public Library doesn't give you a degree or diploma. The unfortunate truth is that employers aren't interested in working to find out what you know, but, rather, whether or not you can prove it so they don't have to bother with finding out. Often a diploma speaks louder than words. :(

Posted by Tuning Spork at April 14, 2004 10:27 PM

Gotta give it to you there Spork. I'm sure that it has something to do with why I'm working in retail, instead of the tech industry where I belng. It's a sad testament to our times, when you can't find anyone who'll give you a chance without a stupid piece of paper.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at April 15, 2004 02:11 AM

"The definition of an intellectual is someone who has more education than intelligence" (quote I stole from somewhere I can't remember)
I know what you mean Johnny. I screwed myself out of college (I really did NOT have my head on straight back when I was 18).
I may wear a shirt with my name on it, but you could take a someone with a masters degree in engineering and it would still take them 5 years or more to learn to do my job properly. That's why where I work when the recession was at it's worst 50% of our engineers got laid off while I got cut down to 40 hours a week from working 55.

Posted by Graumagus at April 17, 2004 11:54 PM

Yeah Grau,

I think nothing speaks more about a person than their work experience. An accredation from a reputable institution is merely something that says you know how to answer the questions that the teacher wanted. Not, something that says what you can actually do. (I still want one, it opens doors and all that.)
You know the old wheeze about "people rising to the level of their incompetence"? That applies to those engineers you spoke of. If they were really worth anything, they'd still be there.

Thanks for the comment.

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