Welcome to "Trades Week" here at OPOD. We will look at the world of work 100 years ago. We begin with this picture of a man who is working as a cobbler. The picture is from 1903.
It is amazing to me how 100 years ago the work people did was so tangible and meaningful. People built things, fixed things, grew things or improved things. Today, it is hard for most people to really explain what their work is, and what meaningful things they accomplish.
I think shortly we will be returning to an era where people with tangible skills will be respected and rewarded. I tell students that most young people would be better off going and getting a relevant technical vocational degree than getting a four year degree. Right now, many diesel mechanics are starting out at higher wages than first year lawyers. There is a shortage of Diesel Mechanics, Certified Welders, Instrumentation specialists and electronic technicians.