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User Info State-Level Corruption And Theft; entered at 2017-09-10 22:33:54
Posts: 778
Registered: 2012-12-05 Huntsville, AL
Part of this conversation has been about the question, "Who will supply the 'skilled trades' talent for the next few decades?"

The aftermath(s) from Harvey and Irma might provide some insight toward answering that question, for it is transparently obvious that there is an awful lot of money to be made, hopefully honestly so, in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, possibly South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and...

If I could know the speed and quality of the upcoming repairs/recovery I might have an idea of just how much skilled trades talent we have already lost, and how much is required to restore that balance, but I'll probably never have a decent understanding of the dynamics of all of that.

You know, I had a decent education in the Navy's Class "A" Electrician's Mate service school, and a couple of Class "C" schools, and proved the usefulness of that education over a period of two and a half years. I was released from active duty in December, 1974, and had already decided to become a public school music teacher. There was some success in that, for four years. Then I decided to get an MS in computer science, reasoning that it was unreasonable to depend on a bunch of teenagers for my job and its security.

Little did I know that 35 years later most of the IT and CS "professionals" I have known have had little more emotional maturity and stability than "a bunch of teenagers"!

Had I undertaken an apprenticeship program in the civilian electrical trades (VERY different from Naval electrical practice) in 1975, I might never have had to stay awake for 40-44 hours finishing a proposal, listened to "business ethics counselors", held doors open for SESs and O9s and above, stood ground test watches in strange places during the initial buildup of the Missile Defense Agency, and a whole lot of other crap.

Yep, I might have fried myself by getting crossways with a 450VAC line at some point, sure enough. But I will guarantee I would have never fallen asleep thinking about how to solve a coding problem, or how to meet some RFP specification, or a whole lot of other crap.

Oh, well. It is what it is.
2017-09-10 22:33:54