Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ongoing training

What can an overly preachy blog with borrowed pictures tell the blog reading world about preparing their next move? Not everyone grows geraniums though every house I've lived in has had them. Slight exaggeration.

What training do you need to put in sun visors? Do the salesmen and women who sell dungarees continue to go off for further training during working hours?
Of what importance or relevance is this unless we're going to be doing either? Well, it's true that people go off on training courses of varying usefulness and don't question them or take more than a nodding interest; it's just part of the job.
An employee or novice entrepreneur is going to take an interest in training if it's felt that this will progress them. I can't say that all the courses I attended met that brief but as part of a greater exposure to formal instruction, the process is of interest.

Experience counts 

Who is the most experienced person and can the whirling dervish of cyberspace furnish an answer? We knew that 'most important experience' might have nothing to do with the workplace or earning a living. Now we want a handy list of the most experienced people. Experienced in what? Not something as narrow as growing barley or as broad as looking through a windscreen. We might get some insight into an older personage who has sold brooches from the thirties and forties if we want to know how to meet the customer's requirements while still finding this path profitable in some way. But if we want a crash course in sales from the person who knows most about the field then, such is the march of time, a more condensed experience in up-to-the-minute techniques might be more helpful. Or perhaps both kinds have their own value.

The most experienced person in adjusting the choke is likely to move into antique preservation if they want to continue to share this experience. Motors change, sales methods change, teaching history changes. What this means is that experience, education, training, even skill are not inviolate and you may only have the rare occasion for one or an other's continued use. We only have so much control over this, less over the decisions we made in the past.

As for cyberspace, the top considerations on who the most experienced person could be were no help. It seemed to invite self-reflection of the Poor Bugger Me variety, cursing the fact that others in the office are being paid more despite the person posting being the most experienced.

But think about it, one of my uncles told me he'd been a sailor, a salesman (some special kind of chair that "sold itself"), bus driver. I knew he was on the level and it made me wonder how many men (and it was mainly men) had moved through so many jobs and thus had the 'most experience'. It must get so broad, though, that this cancels out the benefits and even become counterproductive. "Couldn't settle on any one thing" "Jack of all trades, Master of none"
That's not why I am curious about who the most experienced person in the world is though. There has to be some optimum point where you can say that a person's skill set is razor sharp, their experience perfect for the task at hand.

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