...My feeling is that I have an innate desire to put in my $.02. Either I haven't depleted my two penny sets or my post count is augmented by multiple edits to eliminate typos. Do edits count? I am not sure. As for the non important person I can understand your incarceration if you professed this status without a license. Likewise I am in danger of apprehension since I believe that the requirement of an Associate's Degree in Sub-Tropical Urban Survival Techniques is immanent.Methinks that you may underestimate yourseslf.
It is obvious many homeless in Miami lack the education to do it right. I just hope I can get a Pell Grant to see me through. FAU has free tuition if you can prove Florida residence but ironically there is no place to live up there in West Boca. So I cannot take advantage of it.
Is that "lack" a lack of formal education (qualifications on paper)?
Sir James Goldsmith (deceased) is an example - and there are many more - of someone who was monumentally "unqualified" (in that sense) for what he did, but that never seemed to hold him back.
During their lives, such people have the propensity to change the world we live in, and sometimes they quietly do just that.
I know of not a few degree-holders who are apparently intelligent idiots.
(I blame a politicised educational system for this.)
Let me preface my remarks by saying I have worked with very bright people both with degrees and without. An engineer I worked with developed a "Nickel Plating Process" that produced a sheet that felt like cellophane but was actually a nickel screen. You had to look through a magnifier to see the screen it was so fine. One major application was in oscilloscope production. He only had a G.E.D.
Another fellow I worked with had a degree in music and one in business. So of course he was an engineer.
An extremely bright fellow. Also I worked in some research companies(as a mechanical tech) with PHDs. I am just laying the ground work so people can see I don't have a chip on my shoulder when it concerns those with degrees.
In my case with only a G.E.D. I became a Software Analyst. I was fortunate in that several of my article submissions to computer programming journals were published. The first consulting company that hired me had a software developer who had a couple of the issues with my articles in his collection. So they had some rationale for assuming I had the ability to do the job they were filling.
Unfortunately I got in on the gravy train as a consultant just as the railroad(figuratively speaking) was being disassembled. More precisely, outsourced. Since I was new I had the fewest contacts and limited experience. I had a reputation of knowing what I was doing. I just wish I got in on the game years earlier. But since generally the computer is kept in a non hostile environment and the work usually involves typing on the keyboard rather than lifting object high in mass, I stubbornly hang on hoping I will get the gig that at least allows me to obtain decent living quarters and the usual stuff most of us took for granted if one had a full time job, such as car, a few toys etc..
But when it comes to office politics the singleton tends to get knocked out early in the game. Unless he or she has done something semi-famous like inventing a computer language people know about or whatnot.
It does make me kind of sad that the programmer journals of yesteryear are gone and for the new generation just unknown. Even wonderful writers like Jeff Duntemann have to include the titles of his programming journals on his page so that we can even remember what the magazines were named(I used to subscribe to all his stuff. He brilliantly mixed humor with the technical knowledge. I enjoyed his work very much. He was The Guy when it came to Borland Turbo and Delphi stuff.)
But there seems to be a ready made mold for anyone without a permanent address in this country. Anything you say is automatically discounted. I don't even tell people what I used to make an hour because I figure they will just tell me I am a liar. And of course I must be a drunk/crack head/nutcase or something or why would I be out here? I feel bad for all these young kids who think they will really get this hot job in a field that is pretty much non-existent these days. About all they can point to is game development. I don't think the economy can thrive by all of us just selling each other video games.
But I get too serious. My comment about the Associate's Degree to be homeless was semi-tongue-in-cheek. I try to see the humorous side. Otherwise it would just be too sad.