James Sullivan
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Leave the family business?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Will Sep 5. 1 Reply

Good Morning Gents,Nearly two years ago, a few months after my second son was born, I made the decision to get out of my previous career in retail management to join the plastics fabrication company…Continue

Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gentleman Engineer Aug 7. 27 Replies

Good Morning Gentlemen,I am a college dropout. I graduated high school, but did just barely well enough to to participate in extra-curricular activities. After 3 semesters at my local community…Continue

I'm Almost at my Limit...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael D. Denny May 23. 39 Replies

Good Morning All,     First off, a little background. I am married 8 years now with two sons, 5 and 1-1/2. Neither my wife nor I are college graduates, and she did not finish high school. The…Continue

 

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Will replied to James Sullivan's discussion Leave the family business?
"I really am no expert.  Just a few random thoughts: * When you're working your way up in a company, don't you always start with the work nobody else wants to do? * To work your way up in a family company tends to mean somebody died…"
Sep 5
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Leave the family business?

Good Morning Gents,Nearly two years ago, a few months after my second son was born, I made the decision to get out of my previous career in retail management to join the plastics fabrication company my grandfather started, currently owned by my father and my uncle. The idea behind this was to have a more regular schedule (7:00-4:30), as well as learn the family business that could maybe one day be in my future. I'm not so inclined in the manufacturing sense, though I do have a general idea of…See More
Sep 5
Gentleman Engineer replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
Aug 7
John Lee Pettimore replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"One of the admins at the school of medicine in my previous life did have 3 kids in school. Full ride for dependents of full time permanent employees. Not a bad perq."
Aug 7
Regular Joe replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
""No. That admin assistant might be in the Masters or PhD program. " Hadn't thought of that. Touché. "
Aug 7
John Lee Pettimore replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"No. That admin assistant might be in the Masters or PhD program. Or might have 3 kids getting a free ride because he/she has that university job. Or... Don't judge the school based on the ambitions of one graduate."
Aug 7
Rick Shelton replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"Probably."
Aug 7
Regular Joe replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"I just emailed a university for info about one of their programs. Should I be worried that the admin assistant that replied has a BASc from said university? Yikes. "
Aug 7
Rick Shelton replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
Aug 7
Will replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"I think he's saying that if you learn more than what you'd get in Microsoft certification, or such, you'll be a mindless drone.  He prefers uneducated free spirits."
Aug 7
Will replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"I concede that:  physics is da bomb.  Says this physics major."
Aug 7
Rick Shelton replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"I'd disagree with you on the greatest intellectual challenge on campus.  From personal experience I'd say it's experimental physics.  You not only have to figure out the solution to the problem, you have to figure out the…"
Aug 7
Rick Shelton replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"So basically you're wanting people to be drones but only for you? I'll tell you this, after having gone both routes, certs (from Navy training and experience) AND college.  If you're going into IT (and I'm assuming…"
Aug 7
Vytautas replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"This is precisely why we need more liberal arts, not less: the ability to think, to analyze, to argue and reason."
Aug 7
Will replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"I can answer that question.  A degree in CS teaches you to program.  A degree in nursing teaches you to do nursing.  A degree in aerospace engineering teaches you to design airplanes.  The only degree that teaches you to open and…"
Aug 7
Vytautas replied to James Sullivan's discussion Which is worse-no higher education or higher education that doesn't lead where you'd like?
"By almost every measurement and statistical analysis, those with bachelor degrees earn far more than those without, upward of $18,000 per year for 25-32 year olds. Even philosophy majors--who, by mid-career, earn similar to…"
Aug 7

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At 1:03pm on April 29, 2014, Michael J. K. said…

Hi James liked some of your posts so far.   Hope you are doing well and your family too.   I have a 5 month old grand son and  a 5 year old grand daughter.  I am sure you are a great dad.   I am a wonderful grandpa.  You have a great day.

At 10:10am on September 14, 2013, Herb Munson said…

Hey there James, welcome to The Great Debate!

 
 
 

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