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Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your son. Sounds like he is a little “butterball” so I predict Weston will be a Turkey hunter when he is old enough to participate in the sport.
 
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Yup I wish looking back that I went for a trade instead of university. Still possible I suppose. I will be trying my best to convince all of them of that same idea.
I think an individual’s aptitude should be a large part of determining their career/occupation. Skilled trades people and professionals such as doctors, registered nurses, etc will all be required in the future. I believe a person will need to acquire skills that compliment each other as most people will experience several occupational/ career adjustments or changes throughout their time in the work force.

1NSH Dave . You are absolutely correct. It is still possible. It is never to late to achieve new goals.
Myself, I have an interest in Silviculture.
 

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Some of today’s youth have a sense of entitlement. They don’t want to work their way to the top, they want to start at the top. They do not understand that just because they got a degree or diploma that made getting a specific job possible, that they are still a junior employee and are on probation until they prove themselves. Time in with a company ,course upgrading or higher levels of certification all add up to a higher pay scale. However, having said this, many employers today offer contracts. Often, they do not provide any benefits and retirement packages are not available. So where is the incentive? Yes, it is a different job market from the one that I worked my way through to retirement for sure.
If I were a young person today, I would focus on electronics, computer technology, programming and processing as the world revolves around computers today. The more degrees, diplomas, certifications and additional skills in this area the better.
Almost every job today requires the employee to have some computer skills; whether they must be proficient in word processing and program management or to be skilled in using specialized computerized equipment and diagnostic tools.
It’s a Brave New World..
 
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Interesting TonyM. You are correct in stating that young people require more real help in figuring out how their likes, wants and abilities can all be assets in determining an occupation or career path in which they will be happy and excel.
I was very fortunate as a younger person because I was exposed to numerous skills. I helped my dad build several pieces of furniture, refurbish a bicycle, built a fence and a plywood fishing boat with our neighbours help. I was taught to use hand tools and power tools such as an electric drill, skill saw and sander. My father liked nothing better than push cart season in the neighbourhood so he could help all the kids build their racers.
I helped my dad paint fences, our house and I even painted my grandparents farmhouse. Every summer in my late teens I paint houses inside and out.

Then of course it was all about cars. My best friend’s older brother was into fixing up cool cars like the Nova SS and Super Bee. Sometimes he let us hang around and help out. My friend even refurbished a Volkswagon beetle in his teens.
One May, I got a job helping to set up the brand new Woolco store on Grand Lake road in Sydney. I was offered a position as a trainee but one of my older sisters had already secured me a summer job working at Fiberglass Canadian in Edmonton. Alberta. The job entailed standing on your feet and recycling and bagging fibreglass that had imperfections into blowing wool insulation, cleaning and sandblasting industrial oven racks or pushing a broom.

The next summer, my oldest sister got me a job in Vancouver, working as an electronic assembler for a company that produced underwater survey equipment. I learned how to solder electronic components, assemble and test them. I learned how to mix epoxy by the the gallon pail and waterproof C cells inside custom plastic containers.

Now, having graduated with an Arts degree, I once again went out to Edmonton and got a job in a lumber yard. Because I was the new guy, I got to stack 2x4s straight off the “Green Chain”. I was running, as those suckers flew out of the thickness planner and flipped on to the conveyor belt. They had to be stacked, with spacers between layers for air movement, then strapped so the fork lift could take them to be stored in the yard. I finally got to drive one of the five ton sawdust trucks on occasion. This company also bagged saw dust to be used on the oil rigs to help cleanup oil spills and provide safe footing around the oil derricks. Sometimes an order would come in for an eighteen wheeler load and you could make some extra cash by working overtime and filling fifty pounds of sawdust into burlap bags with a pan shovel to help meet the delivery dead line.

That fall I landed a position as a child care worker. I worked with children who were placed in a group home and had different degrees of emotional issues. This job proved to be very rewarding, but stressful at the same time. I became the fire marshal for the group home and had to get qualified in advance first aid. After a few years, I decided to return to University and get a teaching degree in special education.

So the moral of the story is that I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn many different skills and to be exposed to so many different types of employment. I was able to determine what I wanted to do for employment for the long haul.

One day I was talking to some friends about this very subject. The group was made up of a teacher, pilot, a nurse , a dental technician and a store manager. As a group it was our opinion that at the
time ( mid eighties) a person may be in their mid to late twenties before they settled on a long term occupation.
 
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