A discussion with a young family member , progressed something like this ;
It was a he , his tutor in an evening class was telling all the attendees how they should set up , then use a certain procedure on a metal working lathe , now this is were it gets awkward , I’ll have to explain .
I come from a family of engineer’s , who are descended from enginers of all types too many to mention , but most have had their own companies , engineering shop’s of one type or another , so my family members know from an early age , about many types of engineering . How to use a machine shop properly and safely , starts about the same time as we can walk , our first words were proberly Mum , Dad , Vernier ?
When a person who has , however got a list of many impressive qualifications , but had not worked , with this equipment in a engineering workshop in a production situation , has it wrong , the speed formular was complicated and drawn out , and the grinding angle for the tools to steep , the theory behind the pratical notes far to sketchy , there were other instances his knowledge base low , he basically let my family member go through the course unaided . ? luckily this was but a very small part of a larger course. [Which I’m proud to say he passed with merits] What upset my family member was that he thought he was being taught by a tutor who was inferior , not in qualifications but in pratical physical knowledge , that when put on a set of scales far outweighs the qualifications ! Unfortunately that won’t help, in [The] real world it’s qualifications that rule ! As it should be but with the correct pratical knowledge base to go with them .
The family member engaged the tutor in conversation , which he turned to the tutors work experience it was this , after colledge etc with very brief visits to a workshop , basically the minimal pratical experience he needed to pad his exams and tests , he sort of went straight into teaching machine shop and egineering, he was taught what I call oky coky fashion ! Put your right hand here , You do it like this , read these notes remember this formula , copy what I do ?
So to the meat of this , yes get an education a good one , qualifications count , but if and when you get in your preferred profession , you need a mentor , for instance if in a machine shop , find the best in there approach him and ask him politely if you need help or something explained would he , be willing this also applies to all the good engineer’s in the shop , how will you know who’s good keep your eyes open , they’ll be the ones everyone else goes to , managment included ?
I believe in mentors if you find a good one they are invaluable to your work experiences , whether it’s family members or work colleague’s we all could do with a mentor .
The same could be applied to any place of employment , there are always someone who is willing to pass on his / her knowledge/ skills . Yes there will be some that are stuffy a***holes , there always is , but you will always , always find a good one.
This is the first bit of advise you need to have. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK , if you don’t ask you will never know the answer !
Always do your work to the best of your ability , if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well , or don’t do it
I have worked with the above theories all my working career , these were taught to me from an early age by my family members , who I believe had it taught to them !