|07-13-2014 02:00 AM|
|mikhail2400||Quit school in my senior year of high school. The day I quit I also took the test for my GED. Finished it and passed it in one day. ( You could do that in 1988)_ Stumbled into pipe fitting/welding, found out I had a knack for the math required in pipe fitting and the hand eye coordination for pipe welding. Spent 20+ years welding and fitting pipe and Boiler tubes. Am now disabled but have no regrets as I really enjoyed my work. I took great enjoyment out of doing a good job and leaving a piece of work completely finished and looking like a craftsman worked on it. Trying to teach my kids to take pride in whatever job they do in life and that you give a man a full days work for a days pay. Now I wonder just how to answer when im asked what my level of education is. What counts as education? Guess im just a 12 with a asterisk for the GED.|
|06-24-2014 02:35 AM|
I dropped in and out of college three times over my career. All through high school I worked almost 40 hours a week at a Mobil service station. The owner wanted me to stay on full time, he was going to pay for me to get my smog license and work as his mechanic. I hated working on cars after spending most of my high school years restoring and fixing cars and motorcycles.
So I pursued my technical education in graphic arts. I got a job and worked my way up through the industry in prepress, press and then became an estimator and ultimately a prepress supervisor. I worked for a large company and left after 10 years upon being offered a job in commercial printing sales when it was typical to sell a million a year - this was in the 80's.
After a year in sales, the old company I worked for hired me back as an ops manager - then the fun started. After many years of driving growth initiatives the climate started to change. New executive management and site closures forced the consolidation and outsourcing of many functions.
I was redeployed take on two other core operations - managing a total of 115 employees and $70M in manufacturing volume. This was the turning point in my career. To avoid going down with the ship, I applied for a job at another site that required a Masters degree. Well, I got the job and have been at it ever since. I consolidated four groups into one and leveraged overhead. It was the first time in 38 years I had to layoff people. This isn't my style - but it was expected by the top brass.
The past six years have been tough. I'm engaged in LEAN - taught by the best. However, this comes with high expectations to reduce costs. Therefore my vision has been to support global sites and technical operations with a centralized core group of technical experts and business processes. This took a massive global Kaizen to achieve. I'm in the process of consolidating this right now.
I told my folks six years ago the best process wins...
My best performers are a mix of non-degree and degree individuals - a highly diverse group.
I strongly believe you need this mix to be successful - they balance the organization.
|06-24-2014 12:22 AM|
|krisbman||Went to the School of hard knocks,professed in Boozahol 101.|
|06-23-2014 11:10 PM|
Interesting thread... great to see all the diverse backgrounds.
I almost flunked out of my first attempt at a bachelors degree years ago and ended up with two AS degrees (computer science and electrical engineering). I worked in the automotive industry and moved my way up from quality tech to supervisor to quality engineer to quality manager, 6 Sigma blackbelt, etc. at different companies. A few years ago I went back and got my BS in Business Management and then continued from there for my MBA. I now do consulting in lean manufacturing and supply chain management for all kinds of companies. As for education, I guess it became addictive later in my life as I am now starting on my dissertation for a PhD in Natural Resources. Like someone else said, I'm kind of interested to see what I will be when I grow up.
|06-15-2014 08:13 AM|
|06-10-2014 11:48 AM|
|mhicanders||I was hacking computers in the 80's, spent entire summers.. doing.. er.. stuff with computers, writing shareware and running a few BBS's, never lost my love for programming/hardware/hacking around.. I've been working in the industry for a long time and always kept my skills up to date. Only formal education I have is an AS from a community college, I was also teaching there at the same time.|
|06-10-2014 11:41 AM|
|ledzep_06||high school and vocational training. spent my junior and senior year of high school, half at high school/half at vocational school for automotive. graduated and went to Ohio Technical College (automotive school thats a freaking joke) for a year and a half. got accepted into BMW factory training while i was there. am now in my 6th year as a BMW tech and a third generation mechanic|
|06-10-2014 11:28 AM|
|jeeptjduner||I have a BS in Mathematics with a teaching degree. I also have a Masters in Educational Leadership. I am currently teaching 7th grade math and one math class at a local college.|
|06-09-2014 01:29 PM|
4th grade education! I failed 5th grade twice.......
My occupation, has mainly been a Dishwasher. This is how I made my living, along with plenty of Government aid, including Food Stamps..........
|06-09-2014 12:14 PM|
|Mo Kirkwood||Well, I graduated from High School in 1970 with about a c- average. I aced my shop classes and PE but not so good in the other stuff. After high school, I went to a trade school for basic refrigeration. I spent 10 years in that filed. When I left that coarse of indever I kind of became a bumb. Doing small construction jobs and did a lot of fishing. I tournament fished for bass for ten years and at that time I got into the RV trade and became shop foreman at 2 different companies. I did 15 years in that trade until I couldn't perform my duties anymore because of back problems. I also had to stop fishing and lost a $35,000.00 Bass boat. Sad day for sure. I tried getting back into the refer trade going back to trade school where I also aced those classes that included heating and air conditioning. After graduating from HVAC/R school I got a job with a heating and AC company but only worked for them for 5 months until my back turned against me again. From then out it was doctor after doctor and too many meds to go back to work. I retired at 54 via medical issues and 3 years ago moved to Nevada where my wife of 34 years and I bought a small ranch and raise chickens for personal consumption. Well, that's it for me. Wow, that brought back some memories.|
|06-08-2014 02:49 AM|
I have 100/133 credits for a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I dropped out for the second time in December 2013. In hindsight, I think going to a technician school and getting certifications would have been the better choice for me.
Having only 1 job as a library assistant, I believe I may be under-qualified and overqualified for many positions. Waiting to hear back from Boeing for a technician/assembly position, now.
|03-30-2012 05:56 AM|
High school for me...Partied a little after that and then joined the life in offshore drilling. Have been here ever since 20 years and am now at the top of my field and have great insurance and make more than some MD's.
My wife is going back to school to get her psyd degree (she is the smart one of us)
|03-30-2012 01:02 AM|
|G54||We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasms in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone. All in all it's just another brick in the wall. Pink Floyd|
|03-29-2012 05:00 PM|
|Mango-Jeepin||Bachelors in Business and working on my Masters in Communications and Information Management. Best thing I did was work full time while going to school because everything I learned I immediatly applied to my jobs. But... education is about what you do with it, not what it does FOR you. You should only spend the money if it will support what you want in life. My husband has no college education but tons of LIFE education and has a great job as a carpenter that he loves and is terrific at. I go to him for management advice.|
|03-29-2012 04:28 PM|
I'm a little young to be posting but what the hell, graduated highschool with a 3.7.
Well...between then and now I've totaled a 99 blazer, a 99 explorer and I blew up a 91 jimmy s15. I go to work every day at American distilling located in east Hampton ct. They produce witch hazel and I work on the bottling line. It sucks, haha I only work 30 hours a week. They don't want to give me full time because of benefits and blah blah. My insure is through the roof because of all of my accidents, I think it's about $2300/6 months plus my jeep payment. But I'm getting by and hopefully ill go back to college eventually for something!
|03-29-2012 03:49 PM|
|03-25-2012 04:13 PM|
|Bobinayj||Never finished high school. I squandered it on drugs and alcohol. Started working in the restaurant business when I was 14 years old. Stayed in the business mainly because it tolerated my particular wild life style. Cleaned up my act in my mid- twenties. Took an opportunity to open my own restaurant, then another restaurant, then a catering business. I sold them all and retired at 48 years old. Hey, I guess I could go back and finish high school now.... I just need to decide what I want to do when I grow up.|
|03-25-2012 03:45 PM|
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|03-25-2012 10:37 AM|
|Dznyana||I left college just short of my degree in Administration of Justice to start my career as a Law Enforcement Officer.... I often wish that I had finished....|
|03-21-2012 07:27 PM|
|JDeBlois||I'm in my junior year of a bachelor's in Accounting, specializing in Tax Services and plan to go to grad school for a Masters in Accounting and then for a CPA|
|03-21-2012 07:23 PM|
|WatchThis!||When I walked out of highschool in 98 I never looked back. All my teachers told me that i woudnt be able to make a desent living and I would never be happy if I didnt go to collage. Well here it is 2012 and I'm only working 6 months a year and making over 100k a year. And funny thing is twice I'v had some of those teachers kids working for me. Could I be making more money if i went to collage... maby but I'm damned happy with things the way they turned out.|
|03-21-2012 01:45 PM|
|BUJeep||I have a BA in Political Science, Minor in Church-State Studies, Minor in Criminal Justice. I am currently in my 2nd year of law school.|
|03-21-2012 07:41 AM|
|Jamezr||I have 17 technical certifications a BA in computer science too many awards to mention but my biggest learning experiences came from the school of hard knocks! Learned more there than from anywhere else!|
|03-21-2012 06:36 AM|
|EMSRubi||Emt b cert, one month away from my paramedic license. Then comes navy corpsman and volunteer firefighter.|
|03-08-2012 03:31 AM|
|Darkstar11||AAS in Aviation Maint. Technology, over half way to a BS in Computer Science and a graduate degree from the School of Busted Knuckles from 12 years as a knuckle dragging flightline ape beating on metal to make it fit aircraft.|
|03-08-2012 02:21 AM|
|Redsand||Certain places have lights, but not many,|
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|03-08-2012 01:41 AM|
|Redsand||I have an associates degree, but I work underground. It just pays a lot better, and I really like it too|
|03-07-2012 10:07 PM|
Turned down free college to go to work on Drilling rigs out of High school.
Worked out very well, 3rd generation in the "patch".
More gooder that way.
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