Use Career Day to Chart Your Own Path
Most career fields have a prescribed path to success: you go to school for X number of years; you target certain types of entry-level jobs; then you work toward a series of promotions or entrepreneurial endeavors to reach your desired goal.
If you come to
IYRS & RIMTA Career Day hoping to get information on a prescribed path to success in the marine and composites industries, there is bad news and good news. The bad news: You won’t find a ladder of steps you need to follow to be successful. The good news: You won’t find a ladder of steps you need to follow to be successful. Mixing Interests, Skills, and a Chosen Lifestyle Come to Career Day and you’ll meet business owners and managers who have all followed different paths to build their careers. The only thing they have in common is they followed the same equation of mixing their interests, their skills, and the lifestyle of their choice to build a lifetime of satisfying work. Some of those individuals mixed a passion for boats with strong hands-on skills and a desire to live near the water. Some mixed a love for working with wood and a strong business sense to set up their own boatbuilding shop. Others mixed a love for building with composites and a strong problem-solving sense to build a business making composite components for many industries. At Career Day, you will talk with a number of these business owners and managers and build your network of contacts. And you may find the time to ask some of those individuals how they built their careers. You’ll learn a lot from their answers and come away with a greater sense of the possibilities that can be found in the marine and composites trades. Read About Graduates Who Have Charted their Own Paths Before you head to Career Day, read the stories of the IYRS graduates who have all taken a different route to find a job they enjoy going to each morning.
You’ll read about grads such as
Felix Schliebitz, who turned his IYRS education into a ticket around the world as shore crew for PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race; or Doug Park, who turned his passion for building boats into a successful business opportunity as an owner of Redd’s Pond Boatworks in Marblehead, Massachusetts; or Heather Gardner, who used her IYRS education to help manage and maintain a fleet of beautiful classic racing yachts. Use Three Breakout Sessions to Deepen Your KnowledgeAttend the three breakout sessions at Career Day to build your knowledge further about these two industries and get acquainted with some of the leaders in the field.
You’ll learn how to navigate your job search; you’ll learn how Brewer Yacht Yards, with 23 boat yards located between Maryland and Maine, defines their model employee; and you’ll come away with knowledge about the skills you need for careers in these two industries and how you can build them at schools like IYRS or in programs offered by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.
If you have a sincere interest in the marine and composites industries and are willing to work hard, you will soon find that you too can chart your own career path using that same equation many others have—mixing your interests and your skills with the type of lifestyle you want to lead.
REGISTER TO ATTEND CAREER DAY FOR FREE 03/02/15 El Colín Will Aurigemma’s Boatbuilding & Restoration Blog
I was in the mountains above Puerto Plata working on a water tank with a few fellow Peace Corps volunteers. One of them was finishing an aqueduct project in a remote community he’d been living in for over two years. I was using a hand saw to square the ends of newly harvested wooden poles that would make the formwork for the top of the tank. A couple of the older men, born and raised in the campo, watched me and waited while I sawed. And sawed, and sawed. One of them, unable to wait any longer, spoke up. “Eso no es.” It means something like, “That’s not how you do it, stupid.” I sensed an impending machismo display. They happen when a person, usually a man, feels a cultural pressure to show that he is better at a certain thing than another person, usually another man, no matter how good that other person is. I gave the man a look that said, “Back off, hombre. I know how to saw.” My Spanish was not yet good enough to say it with words, so a look was all I could give…
The hombre laughed. “Eso no es.” He edged me out of the way and took over the wood pile. With the saw dangling from my hand, I realized that they were not laughing at how I was sawing, but that I was even using a saw in the first place. The hombre unsheathed an ancient Collins machete that had been sharpened so many times that it looked like a long filleting knife. He set the wooden poles on a concrete block, knelt down beside them, and started swinging. The blade probably made no noise as it moved through the air. But in my memory, it made an awesome woosh sound like a cartoon samurai sword. The wood chips flew. In no more than a minute, the pile of poles was squared and finished and the saw was still dangling from my hand. “Eso es.”
I have related the above story to you because it is tangentially related to woodworking, and because today is the 27th of February, Independence Day in the Dominican Republic. I have been trying to write a post for this blog about why I chose to become a builder. I thought some other folks out there might be wrestling with similar decisions, and might like to read what someone else has to say about it. But it is hard to articulate all of that into a readable blog post. However, I know that I would not be here were it not for my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I’m still making sense of the reasons why this is true, but the people of that country gave me permission not to spend my life pursuing some imaginary apex of money and power and importance and house size. I thank them for that.
02/27/15 President's Blog: It All Happens at IYRS
IYRS is in the heart of a region that boasts some of the best schools in the world, including Yale, RISD, Brown, Harvard and MIT. But based on current education paradigms, it may as well be on a different planet. IYRS attracts and honors people who make and build either through exceptional hand-work or through the use of technology. This is different from many people who learn to be architects, designers, or engineers in America today. In fact, several colleges in our region have come to us for help with curricula changes to include more hands-on learning. As Apple’s chief designer, Johnny Ives
recently said, “ (It’s) just tragic, that you can spend four years of your life studying the design of three dimensional objects and not make one." That is antithetical to the IYRS experience.
In a recent interview that IYRS did for its 2014 Annual Report with information architect and author Richard Saul Wurman, we asked Richard about what is most striking on a visit to IYRS. “
People are making with a passion,” he said. “ They are given the time – and taking it – to explore the process of making and the failure along the way.”
It is part of the journey of self-permission to succeed at IYRS. That’s integral to the school’s learning process, as distinct from the institutionalized education that continues to fail America. One of the best ways to understand this is
listening to the student stories on the IYRS blog and website. What’s compelling are the outcomes for many graduates, and not just the 90+% who are employed thereafter, but the actual work they are doing – from building rockets, race yachts, musical instruments, and furniture to restoring historically important homes, boats and reproducing architectural objects out of almost any material. Some carry on their education in architecture, engineering or industrial design, but importantly, from a maker perspective!
How broadly good craft and highly technical making happens is extraordinary. For example, a few years ago, IYRS students restored a beautiful mahogany power boat. Near the end of the project, Warren Barker, our senior instructor (a master wood-worker) crawled under the dash for some inspections. As he describes it, “
I looked up to see this beautifully uniform wiring job. It was perfect. Every wire perfectly in parallel at each curve. I realized it might be the most beautiful work I’d ever seen at IYRS – done by one of our marine systems students. No one might ever see it, and I thought, now that is someone who takes their work to another level, and the guy who might have to fix it years from now will be inspired to great work too, even though no one will see his fixes either.”
That’s the planet we’re on
here at IYRS. Making, building, restoring and fixing stuff at a real high level, with a lot of passion for learning. 02/25/15