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  1. I did what this guy said over 45 years ago and got a job I enjoyed for life. I ended up a Senior Computer Systems Specialist and Project Manager. And I completed a MECHANICS trade school course to qualify for the job. Retired comfortably 10 years ago. Since then I have been studying Math, Physics, the Bible, Electronics,and aced a Trig Course at a local college just to see if I could. I also play Kerbal Space Program to learn about Orbital Mechanics. You never know when you'll need to shape an orbit for the Moon or Mars.

  2. Sadly though, doing exactly what Mike said about the interview will not get you jobs. If you appear too competent or eager to advance, you will NOT be hired for most jobs. Finding that sweet spot is often difficult. It can be very difficult to know exactly what the interviewer wants or is looking for, and many times it is just about vibe, looks, or other factors that have little to nothing to do with your qualifications, willingness to work, or many other things pushed as being "this is what will get you the job".

    That said, I still advise those very things….. but know that if anyone thinks they will not actually take them OUT of the running for many jobs given any number of factors, they are in for a lot of truly disappointing interactions when looking for jobs.

  3. This sentiment is why I am the asshole that likes to ask snarky questions or make snarky comments when I see the incorrect form of to/two/too, there/their/they're, your/you're, etc.

  4. Then give him a smiley and then walk away now it's hilarious๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ข๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿงฅ๐Ÿ—ฏ๐Ÿงฆ๐Ÿ’จโ˜ 

  5. If you want to get an English or History degree and use your education AND have a chance to get free education up to a Doctorate, go to a military academy. West Point, Annapolis, Air Force. The education is first rate, and you will have a job with prestige, free health care, and a pension. And you will emerge in great physical shape and no student debt.

  6. I have a rule, No LTR with a gal if she resorts to Emojis. Emojis are an embarrassing waste of human intellect.
    (Also the word "like" should be illegal).

  7. Micro Mike Rowe's micro my crow

    My auto correct just had an aneurysm trying to predict that whole sentence.

  8. Back when amature radio operators used only code, they had emogies. Bet you don't know what . . . . _ _ _ . _ "4Q" means

  9. Come on guys!? Language and the use of it requires a certain set of skills that allows one to understand what is being stated or asked. This becomes easier if we are in the presence of the user, as we can see whether their facial expression matches what words are being used. There is an implicit responsibility in language to use plain speaking if the object is to avoid confusion or misunderstanding, but people use the language and expression in sneaky ways to prevent their true feelings being detected. But between close confidants this is usually not a problem as honesty and truthfulness prevails. Reading script is more challenging (as a journalist you should know), as the words alone do not always convey the writers intention. This could be about the abilty of the writer to use the language, or the reader to understand the language being used or both. Literacy rates are becoming lower with every passing year creating further problems in language use and understanding. Young peoples vocabulary is deminishing with continued use of social media, and the range of words available on it for personal expression, and the brevity with which they choose to communicate ideas. The written word can easily be taken one of two ways with respect to feelings, and therefore it is the responsibilty of the writer to avoid ambiguity, and the reader to be open minded and not jump to conclusions before exploring the possible meanings of the text. Fragile egos play a role in misunderstanding and a level of self indulgence in taking offence. But with dwindling literacy skills the question becomes how do we avoid offending those who are easily offended and sooth the egos of those that have taken offence as the first line of response? We go back to the use of facial expressions to aid in ensuring the meaning of the text is understood and understood clearly, the way it was intended. But these days it is about feelings, and we search the text for hints of rejection, frustration, disappointment, anger, disapproval, approval, happiness, joy, fear, worry and a range of other emotions as this is the primary reason for communication among youth. Emojis confir on communication the clarity required to avoid giving offence or in other cases to ensure it is taken.

  10. What did that conversation have to do with trade schools? Aside from that, social media and twitter are killing conventional communication by language, as Mike Rowe asks, what is the next step in this evolution.

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