Soft skills as you put it, should be taught to you by your trainer, and mostly self taught.
Do you really need someone to tell you how to study a map?
Weight restrictions? It's good that you're thinking ahead, but you're also over thinking.
Trust me on this one......just learn to drive and corner and not crash into anything.
It takes awhile to learn to back, and years to trully develop your skills.
I'm a little grouchy this morning so don't get put off.
But before you're chasing me through the Rocky's, step 1, just learn to drive the truck.
At night trip on your atlas and see where all those roads go.
I was a trainer. I can train any that are trainable, trainable being the key word.
Truck driving is about making good decisions everytime. EVERY TIME.
"Soft skills" and self learning
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to the OP, you need to know what soft skills are.
Like I was trying to explain in another thread where the op has a a piss poor attitude, she thinks she knows more after 5 months of driving, she should also learn what it takes to be a professional.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Positive attitude.
- Work ethic.
The other stuff is easy to learn.
It's quite scary to me the attitude of people in my classes and what seems to be the trend of minimal informational training. To answer another question YES I EXPECT TO BE TAUGHT TO READ A MAP!!!
My generation is full of people raised on graphing calculators, sewing machines, microwaves, and electronic crutches. Most Americans don't even understand the concept of magnetic North or a compass... they think North is wherever you're looking. They teach it in boy scouts and I learned as an after school class how to read maps with a compass and understand landmarks and scales. I know it but I'm #### sure most of my classmates have no clue and if I'm paying to be trained to be a professional driver I want the option to sit though a refresher.
But with what I'm paying I shouldn't be surprised I'm getting taught to pass a test and not how to be a driver...TripleSix Thanks this.
YOU can't be serious about that?
The world was a worse place in large part because of the people that made it back then. You can play pithy all you want but it won't stop the world from changing all around you.x1Heavy Thanks this.
I learned from these people and have some emphathy for them. But they will never really be free, free to marry, raise families build a home etc. I think it's ok that they don't understand the limitations imposed by their specific problems.
Fallston Maryland had a school for kindergarden which was my first and unfortunately it was a three story warehouse for mentally challenged children (They thought I was, but deafness was not diagnosed until 2 years later) anyway. All they did was herd the kids every 15 minutes from class to class up and down the stairs like cattle. I finally went to the head teacher and in my best english told them what I thought of their system and I did not belong. I remember that day because the teacher had failed to compute the situation standing in front of her in the form of a 5 year old using big words and proper context to express a desire for normal school. I was out of there the following day pernamently. This was late 60's and by then Hopkins in Baltimore was getting involved in my life. They did a good work in it.
I value my freedom. Knowing what might have been if there was none. That is probably why I fight so much. Like a mean onery El Toro that escaped from Bugs Bullpen...
Map reading..(knowing all of the information available in an atlas) is a dead skill..it shouldn't be. It's an American theme of "I want the best _______________ in the world... but its got to be free" continues here. We had (at the school I taught at) 4 hours of map reading using ONE of the Dakotas (don't remember which). Most people unless they were in the old iron sights infantry don't know maps anymore.. which leads to following electronic maps.. which is the bane of new and some stupid old drivers these days
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