Training...To Use or Not To Use...

Training... - Training...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
September 21, 2008 2:39pm CST
Most ppl at one time or another have taken some kind of training. I went to Cosmetology school years ago to learn to do hair. I liked playing with hair and thought it would be fun. It turned out that I liked playing with MY hair…not other ppl’s. These days I still cut Hubby’s hair and occasionally trim my Mom’s or Nephew’s but other than that I don’t care for it. I see ppl doing the same thing a lot. They get training for something and then never use it. My Cousin just went through like 3 months of PC repair training and now she sells vacuum’s. One of my brothers does great web designing and can do amazing things with paintshop pro but doesn’t do anything with it. Do you have a training that you learned but don’t use? Or one that you do use? Why do you or don’t you use it? Would you recommend it to anyone else? [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@nannacroc (4049)
21 Sep 08
I trained as a nursery nurse and worked with chidren for a few years. Now I work as a cleaner. I decided to gave up working with children because it was getting to be more about paperwork than working with the children and that's not what I trained for.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Sep 08
i went to beauty school & worked 47 years doing hair . believe that qualifies me as using my training, lol
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I went to law school and got a JD, plus a Masters in Finance... yet I stay at home with my kids, lol. Other than handling the family finances, I don't do much with my degrees. I think sometimes it's also that people got the training but can't find a job but need money and take whatever job they can find. And then they somehow just stick with the new profession....
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@littleowl (7157)
21 Sep 08
Hi twoey..actually I don't have any real training in any area really apart from a Pitmans course in computers which I could of used in work but that is something that has never come to fruition...littleowl
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
21 Sep 08
Unfortunately, I never got training like that. But I'm 54 and without a job so I was thinking about maybe learning to do fingernails or something that lets me sit down a lot (I have arthritis and a bad back). At least you know you'll do a good job with your hair now that you know all about it!
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• United States
21 Sep 08
Yes, I actually went to college to be a teacher. I was 2 credits away and I stopped. One of my children had some health/learning problems and I decieded to stay home with them and I have always done that. I am thinking when they grow up I might finish what I started but for now I am happy being a mother. hugs Rachel
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@GardenGerty (102613)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I am trained as a certified nursing assistant, certified medication aid, social services designee, and activities assistant. All for long term care facilities. I do not use them, I did not pay for the last two. A nursing home I worked for paid for me to go get the training. I learned a lot, but I probably will not ever work in a field like that again. I might consider getting a Home Health Aide certificate, but the cost has gone up about six fold in the last five years. I take care of people, but it is not the elderly. I applied for an Activity Aid position, but the economy has forced them to cover the job in an other way.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Wow! You've had a lot of training. I have two teaching certifications and it's a struggle to use either of them. Yes, the economy has curtailed a lot of things. Take care, I hope you get a job you really like.
@BarBaraPrz (20793)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
21 Sep 08
I have training in obsolete software... guess why I don't use it. I also have graphics training, but when I went to school we had to draw the letters... seriously, we weren't allowed to use Letraset. Then there's all the phototypesetting systems I was proficient in... also of no use to anyone.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Sep 08
That must be hard. I trained with computers back when you had to write umpteen lines to get the thing to ask you to write your name and then umpteen to get it to accept letters and numbers ( like Pope John III) for a response. I thought computers would never catch on. All that training really made me appreciate the people who have created software so I don't have to do the tedious part of computing any more.
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Well, I have a real estate license ,but I have my license on escrow ,and I have no interest in selling houses. I took real estate classes ,and I even had to pass an examination in order to obtain the license.
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22 Sep 08
Hi twoey68, My husband trained as an accountant and he did work as one for a few years, but now he works at the airport and he is into racing bikes and do any accounts work, its too much of a hard work for him. Tamara
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I've been trained in a lot of things where I've never sought employment in the field, but that doesn't quite mean I don't use it...maybe just not in the way it was intened. For example I took a course in how to install security systems in automobiles, and never did have to install one in my own because I ended up buying a vehicle that already had a ice one. I did, however, use the training to put a pretty nifty stereo in hubby's car. I even took the certification test to make it legal to work on people's cars professionally, but basically I mainly wanted to show a bunch of guys that I could outscore them. I guess I outscored the instructor, too, at least that is what he told me afterwards.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Sep 08
That is really cool! Was that electrical work primarily? My husband said that where he works, they mostly hire women to do electrical work because they're actually better at it.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Yes and I was the only woman out of about 50 in the class and when we graduated I took a job where there were 2 women in a unit of over 50 men. So I learned more than electrical stuff, I also learned how to survive in that kind of environment, lol. Yes, and I hate to say it but the other woman gave me more trouble than 25 of the men.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Hi twoey, When I was in High School, the teachers talked about us going to College but it wasn't pushed like it is today. If you got a college degree back then it was usually the boys that were pushed towards college. Girls that wanted a career jumped on the college band wagon. Those of us that didn't want to go to college, had no problem getting jobs, but we didn't get the high paying jobs without a degree. Back to your question. I think it's a great idea to pursue some type of training even if you decide not to use it right now. It seems that every job you apply for today expects some kind of training or degree. And when the economy begins to get better, that training or degree is going to be even more important. leenie
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Nice job, second paragraph especially. I agree. I also think if the ecomony gets worse, we'll all need to learn new skills. Right now I'm using a lot of skills because the economy is bad that I haven't used in awhile.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Yes!I earn my nursing degree.I used it for awhile but never enjoyed it.I am into business right now which is far away from my degree.I just feel that i like it more than being a nurse.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
22 Oct 08
i am training at the moment in certificate iv in training and assessing.i will be using it when i am finished.i have done my job now for over 30 years (pathology)and probably know more than alot of others,but i am not allowed to train them until i have my certificate.years ago we did not have all these certificate course.so i suppose it is handy to have the training and certificates there if you need them.cheers sue
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I went to Cosmetology also and did hair for almost two years before I decided it sucked. I still do my hubby's also and a few family member's, but I will never work in a salon again. I also went to college for Early Childhood Education, and I'm still a preschool teacher, but I'm looking to get into writing more often. I just graduated from the Institute of Children's Literature, so I also have that under my belt. Now, I'm considering doing a photography course since that's my new hobby.
• United States
11 Oct 08
I've taken training as a paralegal. Actually it was so long ago, that I don't remember any of it. I don't use that, mostly cause I would need a degree to back it up. That's time consuming. Though I'm hoping to get an associate degree in business management in the next year. Or, at least start one!
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
2 Oct 08
I went to school for Criminal Justice to become a paralegal. I ended up with an education to be a probation officer for adults and juveniles. Now the sucky part is I am good with hair and always have been. I do all kinds of things with hair but never had the training. I am also good at legal advise of the family law nature, but never got the education or the degrees to do any of what I am good at. Pretty dumb huh? Now, I work at a Subway in my town and am a "Sandwich Artist" Pretty far from my educational background I'd say. Best of luck to those who actually use their smarts. I just didn't feel the need to break my back to be a P.O. for people who really don't care 90% of the time about what goes on in their own lives. I plan to go back to school to get my associates for paralegal. I would become a lawyer but I am 30 now, Ill be 67 LOL by the time I become one!
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I have 2 college degrees. Criminal Justice and Accounting/Finance. I'm an accountant. I went to college right out of high school- I went for Criminal Justice. Once I got the degree I worked in everything but that field. I was young- and I thought I could pull over the cute guys I saw- Duh me..... lol... so sure I have a whole degree I don't use - Can anyone use it?
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
24 Sep 08
Years ago I trained to be a certified medical records technician. I did a lot of work and had some good jobs as a result. Then I went to work as a claims examiner for Texas Medicaid. Later I worked at hospitals and doctors offices I filed insurance claims. Now, if I want to do that I have to go back to school and get certified to file these claims. I have forgotten more than most medical billers will ever know LOL. But now I have to get "retrained". A really irritating example of not using training is my ex husband. He has a degree in crimial justice and minored in psychology. He worked as a cop for a while. What is he doing now? He is a maintainence man at an apartment house. Jeez...
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I went to college for a year and took cosmetology as well.I went to Austin took all my test & got my license.I worked as a hairdresser since 1986,nd totally love it..I do want to go back to it part time...i think that it takes a desire to do hair ,like anything else ,you have to love wht you are doing.A lot of people take courses trying to find their Bliss,only to find out that its not for them..I never enjoyed any job until i got into doing hair...Its just not what you like.,perfectly normal...Its terrible to do a job you do not like.....Find what you really love and persue that..I always knew i would love to do hair..my daughter always knew she wanted to be in health care,she loves it,but its not for me...Sometimes we just have to search until we find our place in life...Just keep looking and you will find it....As to your question? yes i have taken courses in things,and later found out that it wasn't for me...