Training + Education = Balanced Safety Professional
Yorlanda Fisher, President of Warriors 4 Safety, writes about the divide found amongst safety professionals when it comes to training versus education.
Sometimes there is a bit of divide amongst safety professionals that are formally educated but lack experience and those that have been trained by experience and have limited formal training. Sometimes it is a deal breaker for the employer and the professional.
One industry veteran said to me, “Darling, if you have enough time to go to school, then you aren’t working to earn a living. Focus on learning in the field while earning.”
I have had the pleasure of working with those fresh out of college and the “appalled” look they have on their faces when they are told that training is necessary prior to working in the field alone. I have also had the pleasure of working with those that are experienced in the field or had a career as journeymen and that exact same “appalled” look appears when they are tasked with preparing documentation.
I feel bad for those with no experience who get “certified” and believe the minute they receive that piece of paper all their troubles are over, and the opportunities are going to flood into their inboxes. Then there are those who state on their resume that they have 25 years of experience with no continued education during those years of working and believe the phone will never stop ringing once word is out that they are available.
Performance consultant Dana Pratt believes this differentiation between those professionals (in all fields) that are formally educated versus those who learn their craft along the way is impacted by the company culture, the content of the work, and the individual manager.
Pratt believes that as formal education becomes more expensive and more folks are unable to access it, the term “or equivalent experience” becomes more important in job descriptions. There are many ways to learn professional skills and team members should be encouraged to appreciate the differences the education versus “school of hard knocks” approach can bring.
Others, like training professional Kody Messenger, agree that there’s a snobbishness of certain professionally educated safety pros.
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