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Learning Part Time From A Job or A Personal Coach

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 by

I heard a story today where there were two people who were so afraid of doing public speaking that they decided to do something about it. One person decided to get a mentor where essentially it was like paying for a class. The other person decided to take a part time job that forces people to be in-front of people all day and interacting with them.

While in the end both of them became pretty comfortable in being able to address a large crowd, financially speaking the person who decided to do the job ended up ahead as technically he earned money doing this. That’s something to think about if you are trying to learn a new skill as even if the position is entry level it can make more sense than paying for a like a private coach instead assuming this is all a side skill you are trying to learn. Especially if the company is going to specifically train you.

Of course this probably wouldn’t work for things like if you are trying to learn a new language. Then again, some people have said working as a teacher in a foreign country kind of does just that too. Though that isn’t exactly something you can do part-time I would imagine.

Paid Training

Saturday, January 7th, 2012 by

As I mentioned before I have been reading this tutorials while having some fun to learn some new technical skills. While searching for tutorials on the topic I stumbled upon these ads where people were looking to hire people to do work in those fields. The thing was the compensation was so little to an average industry rate I guess you can say that people started to blast it. However, it was interesting as the ad specifically said they would mind like a student who is just learning.

I was just thinking though for that particular situation can’t it in many ways make sense if you are trying to improve your skills if you are on equal level to a new student attending a school? In some ways I guess you can say it’s almost like attending school except you are getting paid for it. I guess paid training is another way to look at it.

I suppose I understand that all those angry people are just trying to maintain a market rate for those that do have professional experience and don’t want people to be exploited which I would agree with. But for things like the above those are more meant for entry level. Either way, I know most people wouldn’t even think of trying to find something that will pay them to be trained as the natural inclination is to pay someone else to teach you.

That reminds me of a person that I know who has literally worked at a Mcdonald’s restaurant for years where he has rightfully climbed the ladders and became a restaurant manager. As you can expect one has to learn a lot of skills to do that position. In comparison there was another guy that literally worked at the same restaurant for a brief period of time opted to take a two year program at a school instead as he wanted to get into management. While both of them in the end got to do what they wanted to do career wise in working in the food industry in a management role, like that most people don’t think of the paid training type of path.

Funny enough with that specific example though the guy that stayed working at the Mcdonald’s restaurant ended up earning more thus far due to the natural wage increase and him not having to pay to be trained. Course there are many times it’s better to just pay for the training, but this is one thing that shouldn’t escape your mind I say as a legitimate option in learning and growing your skills.

Value of Being Self Taught VS Formally Trained

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by

Today there was a lady that was getting complimented so much about her cooking style where people then started to ask what type of formal training she received as she could use that as a way to further promote herself to drive more business in terms of looking professional. Her answer was an interesting one as she said she can’t really say that she went through any kind of training as she learned everything from real life experiences and by the type of things that she surrounds herself with such as watching simple cooking shows.

She then threw a comment that because of that she is a little hesitant to say that she has had any training at all as in her mind people always view training as only something that is done in a formal classroom setting or by an instructor one on one. However, she believed personally that what she did to get to where she is in terms of her knowledge and expertise is equally just as good and valuable without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars.

In my opinion it is all about perception as in many cases you can either use say an education of sort to edify your qualifications or simply let the end results speak for themselves. Many times people forget that you can create your own market too as opposed to always trying to appease to a group that only has a particular way of thinking. Kind of like artists that have their own niche fans I’d say. If you are attracting people to your offerings then you are doing something right regardless if say one person has a piece of paper saying how great they are versus someone who doesn’t have one.

Hobbies As A Skill Investment Too

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 by

I was talking to a person the other day who was mentioning that she didn’t like it when her son used the computer too much. She preferred it if he went out to say play a sport. I was then semi joking that she should think of it as a skill as when he gets older having a good grasp of computer technology and platforms can be extremely beneficial.

I was kind of surprised as she was so shocked as if she couldn’t see one thing on why it would be good. Speaking for myself, I was always told that knowing too much tech stuff would not be very useful when you grow older. Seems like the polar opposite from my experience as everyone runs to you for advice. Not to mention that you can save so much money by knowing how to do many things by yourself.

The same can go for almost any other items. Heck, even cooking will naturally give someone the edge when it comes to knowledge on the best things to get and how to do it yourself in order to save or make money. I just think we need to be a little more open minded when it comes to pre-judging how beneficial a skill that you directly learn from a hobby can be. They say you can make a career out of anything too. In some ways you can consider a hobby as another form of training too in those cases. Basically just don’t feel like a school.

Making More Than You Spend On Training

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 by

One interesting line that I heard from a person today was how his philosophy in running his business is that he believes people that come into his school to learn should be leaving out the door and landing work that pays them more than they are spending at his school. This isn’t exactly a traditional public school setting, but think of it like say a person running a constant seminar or a language tutor that you visit each week.

Essentially, he is comparing himself to his competitors where it seems like for the most part they want to fill up their classes. Then what happens after is not too much of a concern as they base all of their prices on the value of their service and not so much if it actually helps you find business/work.

The general notion is that when it comes to anything that you have learned it is up to you to apply that knowledge. However, to prevent yourself from spending tens of thousands of dollars and falling for situations where people promise the moon if you train with them is to set goals for yourself on the type of returns that you think is realistic based on the investment you are putting forward.

That is different from say a mindset where you are investing to make yourself reach to a certain level of competency which you then hope will generate results. Specifically expecting a result from your investment in training or learning from a person can make you quickly realize too if it is working for you or not.

In many ways I think this goes for items like books too. Of course, it is unrealistic to say something like if you bought this $10 book that you will make one million in a year. Instead, there should be a goal with that. Example, you wanted to learn to save an extra $100 a month and so this book should be helping you to save about $25 a week. Basically, expect to earn more than what you invest. It’s not always about many, but you need to be self conscience of it to a certain extent I’d say.