My eyes were opened by discussions with an audience
at the Bidwell Training Center Chemistry laboratory
technician program. A number of people had accomplished
translatable skills for industrial roles, if they only
knew the skills mattered.
One gentleman, Paris, had installed and debugged
computer sampling systems, bar code readers, set up
databases and analyzed data from databases. He did not
realize the growth in the field of laboratory automation.
See SLAS for example. 2
Another person was an accountant in the chemical
technician workshop who had lost the desire for
accounting full time. She enjoyed working with and
organizing numerical structures yet missed interpersonal
contact. She simply was fascinated working in a
laboratory with chemicals. There is a unique combination
she was advised of her previous strengths (numbers and
interpersonal) and chemistry laboratory skills as a project
To her it was a revelation that roles like this existed
and were in demand.
This constitutes a form mentoring that seems to be
missing in many highly accessed searches. 1 2 3
It requires the mentor being an “inquisitive listener”
looking to connect things for the protege.