Raise your hand if you want to do extra training for your job! Is it fun? Do you find it beneficial? Hopefully the answer to those questions is “yes!”
Beyond college, most people have to seek out extra training for their profession. Be it, books, seminars, or other classes. Sometimes those cost quite a bit out of pocket so it’s nice when someone else (an employer, union or sponsor) covers it for you. It’s even better when the training is actually enjoyable!
As you may know, I freelance as a grip in the film-world. So my training isn’t always something you can just find in a book at your local library. This last training, for example, was for operating lifts (scissor lift, boom lifts, forklifts, and petty-bones).
During the two day course, we started with book work — technical requirements, legalities, safety procedures, etc — followed by a written test, and then went on to the practical application — driving/operating — and so forth.
It was an incredible opportunity that I wish I’d had before since such equipment has been used by others on set before. I’m very excited for the chance to use this new knowledge in the “real world” the next time it comes up!
What kind of training does your job require? What do/don’t you enjoy about it?