The first year in the trade can be overwhelming; the fast pace, old-timer mechanics barking orders at you, and a seemingly psychotic boss that trusts you about as much as his teenage daughter’s boyfriend.
You’re stuck in this stage of your career for about a year. But its ok, you’re moving forward (hopefully).
As you learn enough to be more help than hindrance the old timers reluctantly begin teaching you a few tricks of the trade, and the boss starts to….no, I can’t lie, he still doesn’t trust you as far as he can kick you.
This stage of your career will last anywhere from a year, to eternity.
Its up to you.
Year three is when the magic starts to happen. You’re asking for help less often. The boss lets you take the truck home at night and, you’re added to the after hours on-call list (there’s a down side to everything). You’re becoming a mechanic.
This is where 80% of mechanics spend the rest of their careers.
After five years many mechanics honestly believe they’re a seasoned technician. Remember this simple truth; Time-in has nothing to do with knowledge gained. Effort-in = knowledge gained.
Here’s a secret, the next time someone tries to convince you of their vast wealth of knowledge by telling you how long they’ve been doing something, run away.
As we at Zen say; many twenty year mechanics don’t have twenty years of experience, they have one year’s experience twenty times.
Don’t be that guy.