24 March 2018

“We need bullies... "

"...pressure makes diamonds..."

Noting that the kids were told, “You can be anything you want to be,” he thought, "Why are you lying to these children? Maybe four of them can be anything they want to be."

"But the other 2,000 better learn how to weld."


Anonymous said...

Well Neo I got my first welding ticket in 1970 and have never looked back.
Made a good living and as a Red Seal welder still help out showing young-uns and some not so young the skills and guidance they need to be successful.
Once you know what a good job looks like you are only limited by your imagination. and work ethic.
I have run crews and will take a person that wants to work and learn every time, and to do it safely.
The depth of knowledge will come one day at a time.
Met lots of "educated" folks that can't change a tire or build a fence.

Neo Conservative said...

hope no one is interpreting this story as a dig
at welders or other trades. one of neophytes
prouder moments at university, was bringing
home the test weldment that allowed him to get
a pass in his welding course.

todays youth seem to have been taught that only
white collar jobs are acceptable... you get that
degree in womans studies and you don't get your
hands dirty... ever.

the guy who fixed our electronic stove said he
was close to retirement and that appliances
in the future would simply be scrapped and
replaced because there would be no more folk
trained to fix them. said it was already

watch for the boomerang effect as this
societal rubber band breaks and snaps back.


Anonymous said...

Not at all Neo, I learned to do, whatever I could turn my hand to.
Putting a roof over my head, food on the table, there are a lot of young people learning the trades.
I was taught that there are no secrets, knowledge is shared and the way is made clear to anyone who wishes to listen and learn.
To give a hand up and share the techniques of successful living is playing it foreward.
I was lucky to have many of the old timers clue me in.
I like getting my hands dirty, have worked on some critical areas of the biggest man made objects on earth that could move under their own power.
Cruise ships, drilling platforms interesting and excellent renumeration.
For a kid with a grade 9 education I have done OK and am still doing OK at 69.

Anonymous said...

I started welding at 16, then went to college for a diploma welding program, from there; I transferred into a Welding Engineering program. I now work for a company that fits loosely into the trade, but has a much broader scope. I now work in a commercial scope, and have at least another 12-17 years of upwards growth potential within the organization. I have a significantly better income and benefits package than the majority of my peers (Millennial}, and the freedom {both time and monetarily} to pursue the bulk of my interests {largely academic: Philosophy, History, Economics, and History - what I would consider a self guided education in the humanities).

Over the course of my short career (I'm early 30's), I've had the opportunity to sit on a number of career symposium panels. At every one of these events that were not targeted at the Trades, I've advocated the position that every student/young person should first pursue a Skill Set; such as in the Trades, before pursuing any sort of higher education. In my opinion there's a long term financial benefit to doing so (self financing a baccalaureate instead of taking on debt}, as well, as the Trades being an excellent hedge against job market disappointment (ever expanding min. experience requirements by employers, or depressed employment opportunities due to over saturation in a given field).

I think the best advice the youth of today can be given is to pursue a career option* in the Trades. While I'm grateful I don't spend every day under "the hood", I appreciate those who do (some days even envy them), and I also have a sound understanding that should things change direction for me; I always have a fall back plan. A fall back plan; owed entirely to an ability to Weld. Ability being key. Ability directly translates to Skill Set.

I think anyone who reads the Statements in the post as a pejorative; has been done an incredible disservice by the Education System. The world needs welders. The world also needs business professionals who can be confident in their roles because they had to practice 50x to pass a bend test. People who've seen that they haven't "got: it, let alone being told that they don't by an instructor {rightfully so). The idea that "you can be whatever you want" is one of the most pernicious out there. You can't. We all have limitations. The realization and acceptance of that, the gentle encouragement of that by educators, and parents; is long overdue, and direly needed.

The world doesn't need more 18yr old professional video game players, or Instagram models, or Food Bloggers. The world needs more productive people, adding "real" value to the economy. Trades People, while maybe not driving this, certainly contribute to it, and should be respected as such.

Neo Conservative said...

amen, brother.