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Stiennon

You nailed it Scott. I trained to be an aerospace engineer, worked as a car seat designer, got into the Internet, was a white hat hacker, joined Gartner, and now I am an evangelist for a security company.

Writing and public speaking are the two skills that have benefited my career. My juggling skills have not paid off yet.

san

In my opinion, business skills can only be acquired by experience. A business degree does not add much value - even in terms of how potential employers or business partners perceive your business skills. An engineering (or other "hard" degree) at least does that.

Jez

Answering this post and staying positive isn't presently easy for me. I guess I'm very uncomfortable with where I'm at and unsure how to hold down a job with these intangible skills and a disorganised lifestyle.

People tell me I have a number of skills, generally that I'm great with people (only on form) and very forgiving, a good listener and conversationalist (although I can't remember the last conversation I had that wasn't mostly about me or distant politics), good with kids, intellectual (less true with every passing year), funny and creative. I think I'm good at detachment, thinking laterally, advising and coming to the rescue, diplomatic, cunning and creative. Come to think of it I'm also good at research. OK, thanks.

I've missed your posts yesterday and so far today. Hope you're OK.

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tom bernard

excellent... as usual

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tom bernard

excellent... as usual

send me more @ tom.b@bluewin.ch

Lubna Kably

Well I am a chartered accountant specialising in the dreaded work "tax". I love writing and drifted into journalism. But this does not really pay that well. So I have a day job at a large multinational firm and continue to write my monthly column, which features in India's largest financial daily - it is on tax, but to make it non-taxing, it contains a fictional character who pokes fun at the powers that be - those who frame tax laws! And I learn that this column is widely read.

On the downside, perhaps with this constant shift in careers, I am not top of the heap in this multinational firm.

le big MAC

ps Sorry to be crude and redundant at the same time, but you did push me to it...a hearty middle finger to the assholes who assume the script supervisor got her job because she gives good BJs. (The title is script girl, regardless of gender.) Shameless sexism aside, I'm sorry you weren't clever enough to pursue/create a job that consists of reading and consulting, but don't take it out on her. Maybe you should be displaying a little imagination in your career trajectory instead of wallowing in your own jealousy.

Why, come to think of it, imagination is the most important skill after all.

le big MAC

My 3 careers and the skills that make them:
1. Musician. My love and my life. Surprisingly, I think my excellent math skills (I majored in programming) prepared me because music is very mathematic and logical on many levels.
2. Writing. Also my life, but could be more profitable than music (insofar as two zeros plus one is....) so is more like a favorite mistress. Just a vivid and sometimes sick imagination, now combined with the patience to type it out and the maturity to understand it's not all genius. Just like #1.
3. My damn job, tech support. Superior listening skills (to listen, i.e. to sit like a lump as mean angry defectives scream at you for shit you never did) and patience (i.e. not screaming back unless the Mute button is pressed). This is far more important than scientific knowledge, although a problem solving nature (think: detective) helps. And a natural voice for radio, as people must tell me 47 times a day.
I could go on about my cooking and outdoor sport habits, i.e. the love of fine cuisine and the shame of being a fatass because of said love, caught in an endless loop. But I've pretty much made my point.

Simon Allen (UK)

This is going to sound self-aggrandising but, at the age of 50, enough people have told me to my face what they think of me for me to know! The things I mostly remember are the nasty things they said. Anyway, after 25 years in telecommunications (large users not Telco) I can say that my three are:

1) I am able to listen to people, and give them the confidence to talk openly to me.
2) I can write and assemble words in particular ways that are appreciated.
3) My physical and vocal presentation skills are of the highest order.

I do a job that does not really exist in the USA, I conduct non-religious ceremonies for those that live their life without religion.

That is NOT a ceremony that has a prayer or something thrown in. I am an atheist and I prepare and deliver ceremonies from that perspective, for people who do not believe. The greatest majority of those ceremonies are funerals.

In the UK, this work is in ever increasing demand and I am usually turning work down. Unfortunately ... it is not very well paid!!! Rewarding? More than anything I ever did in Comms.

Borjan

1. Design (graphics and product, plus 3D modelling)
2. Psychology
3. Ability to be satisfied with 80%
(4. Being full of myself.)

I'm a self-employed designer for stalls/fair-booths/stands, have a 6 months a year off and I have just bought house by the river to get away from the city when I want.

I could earn more by finding more work in my spare time, but why? This way I can spend much more time with my wife and daughter, pretend to work on movie scripts and read Scott's blog to liven up my day... ;)

McGurker

Public Speaking
Telling people...no, tell women what they want to hear
Tell people what they don't want to hear.

I think I'll be someone who announces to many women at once that their loved one's died in hilarious bass fishing accident. I also have mediocre comedy skills so I'll make it funny.

ashley

math
stats (yes they ARE different)
and the ability to listen to the inane without looking bored or annoyed (i can come off as genuinely interested in ANYTHING)

sunflower

I'm one of the few women who will work, drive older children around to school and activities and still commit to solely breastfeeding my newborn infant. If you are determined you can breastfeed while doing a multitude of household things, including typing in a blog while dinner is in the oven, and laundry in the dryer. Well, my husband is impressed and that is what counts...

jai

Two additional paths to extraordinary success:

3. A prominent family with business/political connections
4. A network of important friends developed over the years, expecially those who knew you in high school and college and who later became successful themselves. (Successful people tend to run in herds.)

VermontGal

1. Listening and observing people, especially, for some reason, children...maybe because they're easier.

2. Reading and writing...and for some reason, my comprehension and ability is not heavily affected by alcohol consumption.

3. Swimming--I have been able to swim practically since I could walk.

Minister of Silly People in Green

Probably the best career advice I've ever read. Flesh this out and you'll have a best selling book.

Cally

Art
Writing
Creativity/Imaginitive
Debating
Acting (If I can have more than three)

In order to balance out my ego, I am not very good at:
Math
Sports
Science
Spelling (I have spell check though)

That really narrows down my career options
Singing

David

Thanks for the advice.

Masters Mechanical Engineering + Master Public Policy =(hopefully) a cleaner place to live

F. Dwarf

Great post, Scott. I never saw it from that point of view.

My skills:
-Math
-Databases
-Public speaker


Now I just gotta find what in the hell I am going to do with them.

Kent

My 3 skills are that I'm a good writer, cats love me, and I'm good at math.

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John

Scott: I always thought you were an engineer in your previous life?


Phil

Writing/proofreading
Design/illustration
Photography

Radwaste

Gee, Scott, if you dredged up the old DNRC Membership Roster, you'd know this stuff already.

Your faithful Smell Checker and Treadwell 7L16 Oxygen Generator Technician,

Rad

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