- Sep 13, 2013
Selena, I agree.
Let me see if I can use different words to describe what I think I understand.
There are some fields that require a degree, while others do not. While some can get a degree
without doing actual work, those that learn to work AND get a degree, do very well. For those
that, for what ever reason, do not have a degree, it simply comes down to how hard they are
willing to work. I do not have a degree, but did fairly well as a computer programmer, because
my brain works that way. I've seen many that have a degree yet never really learned to program.
Key point is IF they are willing to work.
Not just put in time, not just go through the motions, but do the real work.
Success only comes before work, in the dictionary.
Donna is not the type to play the weak woman role, she tried it once when she was 11 and did not like the consequences. She grew up with a farm work ethic.
While it's true many crafts do not require a degree, let me remind you that at one time Purdue offered a 4 year degree in blacksmithy. With new technology and new techniques many of the job titles that the bottom rung could perform and earn a decent living. My own industry is a good example, my great grandfather would be overwhelmed trying to plant corn on a tractor with moisture & population sensors, GPS mapping and a couple of hundred other electronic devices. That requires training of some sort either formal or informal. Ed and Dave spend most of the winter studying technical manuals. out of necessity.
My grandfather had a rather pithy explanation of why the country is going to perdition in a basket. The theory is that in his day the complete idiots always could have a farm job. In Dad's prime farming became too complicated and they were left with the army. In my day that army tightened it's standards and all the idiots had left was civil service and politics. I'll leave it to wiser heads than mine to comment on the accuracy of the statement.