When I spotted your column title “Are your skills scalable?” I thought the title contained the term salable. After I read the column I think both terms apply, although I believe the term “transferable” better expresses the points you are making.
I couldn’t agree more with your editorial. Even though I’ve never been formally hired as an instructor at an academic institution, I’d always taken advantage of any opportunity and forum to preach the gospel of land surveying and geomatics.
More and more, I am reading stories regarding the diminishing number of licensed land surveyors across our country. The numbers are staggering and paint a sobering picture of the state of this wonderful profession.
Over the years, I have met quite a few impressive Pennsylvania surveyors. One in particular retired more than a decade ago, and as I remember it his attorney advised that he destroy all his records and plans. His lawyer’s logic was they could only serve to create trouble for him in retirement.
Surveyors are often faced with situations that require seat-of-the-pants decisions and ingenuity. We may carefully plan for one scenario and find the jobsite to be a whole different story. A one-size-fits-all approach rarely applies. So why do we often claim that it does?