"Soft skills" and self learning

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by LeadFarmer, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    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.
     
  2. Ridgeline

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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.

    1. Communication.
    2. Courtesy.
    3. Flexibility.
    4. Integrity.
    5. Interpersonal skills.
    6. Positive attitude.
    7. Professionalism.
    8. Responsibility.
    9. Teamwork.
    10. Work ethic.
    These are soft skills, I understand why you call the others SS but in truth it is these skills I listed above you have to learn first and foremost.

    The other stuff is easy to learn.
     
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  3. LeadFarmer

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    There's the old saying you get what you pay for and you get what you put in. Sadly in my area there's no market for premium quality education for $5k because government retraining grants seem to have warped the available market. So I only have left what I'm willing to put in to better myself and to extract from my school.

    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...
     
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  4. Ridgeline

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    WHY?

    YOU can't be serious about that?

    My generation is full of people raised on Slide Rules, Mechanical Calculators, cash registers you had cranks on them and figure out the change in your head. Cars had pushbuttons on the dash to start them and windows cranked up and down by hand.
     
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  5. TripleSix

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    Mr @LeadFarmer, what do you think of this post?
     
  6. LeadFarmer

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    I think nothing of it (or its poster :))
     
  7. x1Heavy

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    "Trainable" has nothing to do with the disabled from the 60's and 70's era. That was what they were called back then. Otherwise they were penned and kept out of the way.
     
  8. LeadFarmer

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    Mmmm those were enlightened times. Back then they'd drug, beat, and try to shock therapy the gay away as a recognized mental health disorder. Nevermind those pesky blacks and women with their inane desire to be legal equals.

    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.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

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    Columbia Campus in Maryland opened I think late '73 65 of us were first class enrolled on the school side. What they did have was about a hundred in the other side (Transitional Building) who will never have a proper education beyond how to or more precisely how not to chase the opposite sex... among other things.

    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...
     
  10. FozzyNOK

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    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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