Should I be a Ferryboat Captain?
You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
A. Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
B. Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
C. Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
Last Friday, I hurried into the eatery on the ground floor of Fox News, and saw a long line in front of the food area where you place your order. I knew right away that there was a problem. I grabbed a yogurt and a couple bottles of water, and headed to the register. I asked if the main grill guy was out, but the scene ahead answered that. I have watched this short-order chef work magic on the grill morning after morning, not only serving up great hot grub, but also moving food items around in a way that gets everyone in and out in a flash.
In his absence, three guys attempted to fill-in and work in tandem but could not get the job done, (there is no app for that). Now, in this day and age of tepid job recovery and sky-high college tuition, much has been made about young people skilling a higher education and learning a trade. While it is true, you cannot outsource a plumber, it is also true that the greatest job growth in areas with the fattest paychecks will require a college education.
However, the aspect missing from this debate is a lot deeper. I think the issue at hand, is that there are people who work hard and have pride in what they do at their jobs in order to earn a living. While an overwhelming majority of people dislike what they do; there was a time when unhappy workers did not allow a position or frustration to compromise their pride and professionalism. Now, doing a lousy job can be a badge of honor, and no longer a source of embarrassment. Maybe this was inevitable as artisans lost their jobs to conveyer belts and modern manufacturing. Perhaps, a disconnect occurs from pushing buttons rather than hammering things out.