When I was young I got a job helping to make instruction manual notes on a big industrial testing machine and the union millwrights stopped me and said who are you. What do you have a college degree or something? How do you get to have a job here? Who are you? I paused and tried to understand this and said what every it takes to do an $8 an hour job, I'm pretty sure I got it. The reaction was Oh, okay. They were all probably making $12 an hour or $18.50 per hour but it was more being non union and am I allowed to pass the troll kind of crap.
Years later I worked my way up to being supervisor of the test facility by actual knowledge of the facility and demonstrated leadership, not by having a degree. The company had a fancy sounding name like Boeing Aerospace. They would send up new people being cross utilized from other departments and I would never do that same thing. Rather we would all get together and stand in front of a new guy and ask things like. So what do you do. (and not give time to answer) Do you have any dance moves? Can you sing? Do you tell jokes? Do you have any entertainment value what so ever? No matter what they said we would say oh, okay! Then kid, around here everyone has a degree, so you are gonna need one of these. We had cut up an advertisement about you too can get a college degree in drafting, restaraunt management, business management, computer tech, drafting career. Each little picture looked like a little degree certificate and we had cut them out of the magazine and stuck them up on the wall in our tool cage. Each of us had decided with one we wanted and which one the new guy was going to need.
SO even in an professional, research and industrial environment I never heard buzz words like "intern" I find it kind of odd anyone uses this language in haunted houses. It may have been adopted with live theater actors? Or this is some new hip college buzz word. Still I don't like it because it kind of denotes being subserviant or a willingness to be subserviant. Or the definitions are to shadow some professional to learn a trade like an apprentice to either work there or develop a network and skills of their own, denoting being able to go work for anyone with standard skills and ideas. To some degree I really doubt we have any higher level standards of operation that are common to every industry location like it is all some vetted position heirarchy. I do hear it in medical positions but then the same term is used in vet clinics cleaning out cages too so that kind of washes out any real respectful use of the words being used in a language.
So maybe my first post should have been What do you got kid? Can you dance? Do you do Jazz hands? Ballerina stuff? What kind of entertainment value can you offer?
Or wadda ya wanna do, scratch your way into middle management? YOu wanna be a YES man?
Last edited by Greg Chrise; 01-04-2013 at 10:08 AM.
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