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What’s The Difference Between A Job and a Career?

It’s your lucky day. For the TLDNR ('too long, did not read') among us, the answer to the question posed by the article’s title can be boiled down to this: Jobs are the building blocks of a career. Interested in exploring this a little deeper? Read on. Beyond the...

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What Actually Matters Many Years After College

“Where did you go to school?” asks best-selling author Seth Godin. In a recent blog post, the well-respected marketer suggests that the question really only matters for a short period of time. Godin is known for his super-brief blog posts. He’s “old school” in that...

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Trade Labor Shortages Continue To Worsen

Hardly a week goes by when I don’t come across and article like this one reporting on the labor shortage playing out nationwide. In this case, a survey reports that 70% of remodeling contractors are saying they can’t find enough help, especially skilled workers. Many...

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Lowe’s the Latest to Address Trade Labor Shortage

A bandwagon is rolling across the country. It’s exemplified by this website and many other organizations that are devoting time, effort and money to address the nationwide shortage of skilled labor. In late February, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the parent company of the...

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Statistics and Stereotypes (Part 2)

In my last blog I pointed out the unfortunate consequences that pure statistics and stereotypes can cast on any group of professionals. We can take the “woe is me” approach, or we can simply live by our actions. Often, we are our own worst critics. The problem with...

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College Costs: How Other Countries Compare

If you’re college-bound, or a parent of someone who is, you’re probably experiencing sticker shock at the cost. The nonprofit organization College Board puts out an annual report, and the latest one provides some sobering numbers. The average cost (we should specify...

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A Registered Apprenticeship: Why The Designation Matters

Last year, both the federal government and private industry stepped forward to push the growth of apprenticeships in the United States. On the private side, it came from none other than Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff. He called for creating five million apprenticeships...

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The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Are you in a hurry to finish school? Looking to start making your mark on the world? If you said ‘yes’, then take some advice from the world’s most successful leaders: The learning never stops. Don’t be disappointed by that if you don’t like school or the formality of...

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C’mon Women, You’re Welcome Too!

As I’ve written about numerous times, our nation suffers a severe shortage of skilled trade workers. The main reason has to do with social pressures and propaganda about the importance of college degree, a belief that this blog has also poked holes in. Another big...

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Are You “Cut Out” For A Trade?

I composed that headline with a sense of bitter irony. Most high-school counselors and a good portion of the general public tend to think that the only people entering the trades are those “not cut out for college.” Put more bluntly, they think college is for smart...

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2nd Annual Troops To Trades Golf Tournament A Success!

Over 80 golfers enjoyed a picture-perfect day of golf at the Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Friday, November 3 as they supported Troops to Trades, a veteran-outreach program powered by the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Hosted by Will...

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Student Loan Defaults Keep Rising

Regular readers of this blog know that a subject I hammer on repeatedly is the high cost of college and the dubious return on investment that brings for many college graduates – even worse for college dropouts. If you’re in the mood for a review, check out this blog...

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ServiceTitan Contribution to Nexstar Legacy Foundation

The excitement from the 25th Anniversary Silver Gala never stops! With many thanks to ServiceTitan and their commitment to the mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, they are contributing an additional $5,000 to the Foundation! As was announced during Super...

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The Skilled Trades Go High Tech

One of the biggest myths of working in the trades is that it involves a lot of physical grunt work. The image most of the public holds of trade workers is of a muscular individual who gets paid more for brawn than brains. If that was ever true, it’s certainly not the...

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Companies Galore Look For Skilled Trade Workers

I’m a news junkie. As a journalist by calling, that’s to be expected. My daily reading list (mostly online nowadays) includes the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune (my hometown daily...

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Message To White House: We Need More Plumbers

Message To White House: We Need More Plumbers Several months ago I wrote about a movement afoot to boost apprenticeship training. This was highlighted by President Trump signing an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor and Education to look at new ways to...

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Our Aging Population & The Trades

In my last blog I drew attention to opportunities created for trade work by devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Tens of thousands of homes and commercial buildings need to be rebuilt or repaired. Eventually, they will be. That will take place over the...

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Mother Nature & The Trades

First, the bad news: In August Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath created misery throughout the city of Houston and Texas’ Gulf Coast, delivering unprecedented flooding and property damage. Scores of people lost their lives and tens of thousands of homes were...

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Reason #6 Why College Is A Lousy Deal

My past five blogs have explained why I think college is not a good idea for many of you reading this. A short summary of those reasons are: 1. The market for college graduates is saturated. 2. Grade inflation has diminished the quality of a college degree. 3. College...

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Reason #5 Why College Is A Lousy Deal

This reason escapes a lot of peoples’ notice. Most folks make a distinction between college and vocational education. They think of them as separate entities, i.e., higher education versus learning a trade. Even worse is the widespread conviction among the general...

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Reason # 4 Why College Is A Lousy Deal

Reason # 4 Why College Is A Lousy Deal College is way overpriced. That’s #4 on my list of reasons why college is a lousy deal, and maybe the biggest reason of all. College tuition has risen almost 400% over the past three decades, according to the College Board.  It’s...

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Reason #3 Why College Is A Lousy Deal

In my last blog, I identified grade inflation as Reason #2 why a college degree doesn’t mean what it used to. I explained that grade inflation started with the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s, when college students were exempt from the military draft and...

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