Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. rshive

    rshive said, almost 5 years ago

    His minor may yet prove the more useful.

    There are so many angles on this to dicuss that you could write a treatise from it.

  2. neatslob

    neatslob said, almost 5 years ago

    Go into toilet paper sales. Steady demand no matter what economy. Of course you’ll never clean up doing that.

  3. Christopher Shea

    Christopher Shea said, almost 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, a lot of businesses these days have abandoned the idea of hiring someone and then training him/her. If you don’t have exactly the skills they want right from the start, they won’t even consider you.

  4. rshive

    rshive said, almost 5 years ago

    Everybody has to learn those skills. As an engineeer, I certainly did.

    Remember the guy in The Graduate who muttered “Plastics”? That was a growth industry at the time. Wonder what happened to people who took that advice to heart? So many “growth industries” have been trashed, both by the course of events and by public dislike (of varying rationality) that it’s hard to keep track. It all makes that counselor’s advice sound pretty silly.

  5. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, almost 5 years ago

    Actually, if you’d gone into plastics back in the 60’s you’d STILL be doing well. Presuming you hadn’t already retired.

    Pretty much any degree ending in an “S” is a good idea. If it ends in an “A” and it isn’t an MBA from Harvard or Wharton, it’s worth-@$$.

    Silly hippies.

  6. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 5 years ago

    A day or so ago I read that Wal-mart is phasing out its greeters. That leaves only burger-flipping 101, until someone invents a burgomat.

  7. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 5 years ago


    Righto – my son-in-law designs and services machines that package sanitary products like baby diapers, adult diapers, and Swiffer pads. He’s doing fine, so far.

  8. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, almost 5 years ago

    @Christopher Shea

    I hate to say this, but why would most businesses need to go to the trouble of hiring someone off the street and training them? With unemployment this high, they have ten fully-qualified, experienced (and desperate) candidates for every vacancy.
    The key is to learn, at least as a sideline, a skill that’s always in demand — such as auto mechanics, HVAC maintenance, locksmithing, etc. Not glamorous, but there’s always someone in need of the service.

  9. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 5 years ago

    Heating and cooling, carpentry, plumbing, brick laying…None of those can be outsourced and pay reasonably well and will always be needed

  10. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 5 years ago

    Oh, and anything in health or senior care….Definitely big in the future as all us geezers start getting feeble…

  11. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, almost 5 years ago

    I have zombie-combatting skills.

  12. James Gray

    James Gray said, almost 5 years ago


    But then you would be too busy working and would not have time to complain about the evil Corporations, who for some evil reason want to only hire people who know how to do the job.

  13. deangup

    deangup said, almost 5 years ago


  14. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson said, almost 5 years ago

    I remember when I worked in a retail store and was transferred to the electronics department; nobody bothered to teach me anything about the products, so I had no answers to the customers’ questions. I asked the Moron in Charge (i.e., the manager) about this, and he said the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard anyone say: “Ask the customers.”
    I sincerely hope that someday the Moron needs emergency surgery, and the doctor has to ask him how to do it.

  15. rshive

    rshive said, almost 5 years ago

    Hey, corporations have been complaining about undertrained people since the dawn of recorded time. What they really mean is that their 22-year old hirees haven’t been living in the real world for 10 years. How in the world could they be? It’s all garden variety rhetoric.

    No university can be or should be expected to teach anyone e.g. the “Company X” way to do things. What they should be doing is teaching students the basics so that said students realize how a typical system, be it financial or maybe chemical, fits and works together. So that maybe when a relatively new hiree is asked to compile an operating budget he knows what information he has to find. As opposed to knowing where and how, in any given company, to find it. I kinda think that those who complain about undertraining are thinking in the latter sense as opposed to the former.

    A company always has the responsibility to itself to use what resources it has in the best possible manner. If it chooses not to by short changing training/acclimatization/ whatever you want to call it, it has nobody to blame but itself.

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