New credential, new training, same job

Brian Finstad sought retraining after being laid off from his factory job, only to find himself back where he started.

We went down to Springfield, MN to hear his story and to see his work at the Sanborn Manufacturing plant.

  • rose

    I’m not surprised with this comment. I offer just 2 considerations where many could be offered.

    In companies, it used to be the hiring manager or business area would evaluate prospective candidates. Consider the effect of HR professionals who serve as gatekeepers and have to wade through too many resumes to find appropriate candidates. They look for key words such as education and training rather than evaluate the experience. Experience is not a common evaluation denominator for a professional who does not have knowledge of the job they are hiring to fill, so they need to look for education and training.

    For profit education has a vested interest in steering candidates into curriculum paths which may or may not have employment potential. I have seen many a student enrolled in a two or four year higher education program where no higher education should be needed. Of course, the students need to be more professional in attitude and maturity and coming out of high school they are not prepared for that, so as a society we have deemed that additional time in school is the answer.

    Whatever happened to technical high schools and colleges who not only provide the education but stand behind the “certification” and earned diploma? What about reviewing curriculum paths to offer the basics and prepare participants for any situation within a given field?