In the course, what I really liked, is when I discovered another field, something I didn't already know about.
When I learned about the milk industry, or microbiology, or quality control, because I used to be in quality control, that interested me less. I was happy to do a bit of management. It was something really new to me, to my DUT course content, the marketing and management. Anything I hadn't seen during the DUT course. All that wasn't, I would say, purely technical.
And what is interesting, I think, is to play with 3 schools, because they don't all have the same way of going about certain subjects, which were identical, but not taught in the same way in the 3 schools.
It was a generalist course. Which is to say, sometimes you were a technician with a pretty precise vision, technical, with answers for given problems, and sometimes, as an engineer, it gave an opening, a wider view. And so you must get off the beaten path, open yourself up.
That's what the course was like. Today it enables me to talk about entirely different fields, because I've adopted a certain work strategy.
They didn't ask us for lots of skills, but to go looking for where the skills can be found, and today, it's true that in the job I do now, they don't ask me to know everything, but when there's a question, to know where to go to find the answer, and we had lots of tools to help in the search, and equally, communication tools to grab hold of the answer and give it to people without deforming it.
In the course, what I learned as far as personal behavioural development goes still serves me today.
There were also work and academic study periods, where we could sometimes be in class and sometimes out in the field.
What I find fantastic in the continuing education course is that we learn things that we learned at 15 or 17 or... but we hadn't really learned because we didn't know what it was good for. So once we'd done that, once we had been in employment, we knew what it was good for. And that changes everything, because you learn and you want to learn and to understand things.
That's what's really important, I think: to want to learn and understand.
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