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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatGirl View Post
    Post random skills that are useless but fun to know
    Skilfully constructed posting skills on abstract topics on internet forums.

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    Artisan Conquerer Halla74's Avatar
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    Good for you for making a career change when you fealt it necessary.

    In my vast occupational experience, I have learned alot that I never intended to.


    I worked for 10 years in the software industry.

    My sincere advice to you is to go to a local software development company and ask then if they run JAD (Joint Application Development) meetings with their clients. If they do, tell them you want to work as the "scribe" or the "project administrator" on a JAD team. You will be taking the notes during these meetings, which will be driven by the conversations between the JAD team lead, and the client subject matter experts. The lead will be drawing alot of things (process flows, diagrams, tables, etc.) on the whiteboard, and you will be capturing them on a legal pad and writing down the salient points of the discussion, which will usually be announced as problems are solved.

    I shit you not, this type of job is a most excellent skill builder. If you can listen, type, draw, and write, you can do it. You will learn TONS. You will learn all about the business of each client, you will learn about software development as your notes will eventually be turned into specs, which will then be coded, and most importantly you will learn to use and apply an analytical method for solving any problem.

    Also, you will network with people of each client you work with, and potentially open future doors of opportunity.

    Give it a try, the pay is usually good, and this type of work is done in every city imaginable.

    I wish you luck!


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    Ruler of the Stars Asterion's Avatar
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    May 2009
    5 sp/sx


    You don't have any commitments to university or tafe, So you have a pretty clean slate to work with, I envy you (almost).
    5 3 9

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    I found my new list of skills to acquire!

    Playing on musical instruments.
    Union of dancing, singing, and playing instrumental music.
    Writing and drawing.
    Arraying and adorning an idol with rice and flowers.
    Spreading and arraying beds or couches of flowers, or flowers upon the ground.
    Colouring the teeth, garments, hair, nails, and bodies, i.e., staining, dyeing, colouring and painting the same.
    Fixing stained glass into a floor.
    The art of making beds, and spreading out carpets and cushions for reclining.
    Playing on musical glasses filled with water.
    Storing and accumulating water in aqueducts, cisterns and reservoirs.
    Picture making, trimming and decorating.
    Stringing of rosaries, necklaces, garlands and wreaths.
    Binding of turbans and chaplets, and making crests and top-knots of flowers.
    Scenic representations. Stage playing.
    Art of making ear ornaments.
    Art of preparing perfumes and odours.
    Proper disposition of jewels and decorations, and adornment in dress.
    [24]Magic or sorcery.
    Quickness of hand or manual skill.
    Culinary art, i.e., cooking and cookery.
    Making lemonades, sherbets, acidulated drinks, and spirituous extracts with proper flavour and colour.
    Tailor's work and sewing.
    Making parrots, flowers, tufts, tassels, bunches, bosses, knobs, &c., out of yarn or thread.
    Solution of riddles, enigmas, covert speeches, verbal puzzles and enigmatical questions.
    A game, which consisted in repeating verses, and as one person finished, another person had to commence at once, repeating another verse, beginning with the same letter with which the last speaker's verse ended, whoever failed to repeat was considered to have lost, and to be subject to pay a forfeit or stake of some kind.
    The art of mimicry or imitation.
    Reading, including chanting and intoning.
    Study of sentences difficult to pronounce. It is played as a game chiefly by women and children, and consists of a difficult sentence being given, and when repeated quickly, the words are often transposed or badly pronounced.
    Practice with sword, single stick, quarter staff, and bow and arrow.
    Drawing inferences, reasoning or inferring.
    Carpentry, or the work of a carpenter.
    Architecture, or the art of building.
    Knowledge about gold and silver coins, and jewels and gems.
    Chemistry and mineralogy.
    Colouring jewels, gems and beads.
    Knowledge of mines and quarries.
    Gardening; knowledge of treating the diseases of trees and plants, of nourishing them, and determining their ages.
    Art of cock fighting, quail fighting and ram fighting.
    Art of teaching parrots and starlings to speak.
    Art of applying perfumed ointments to the body, and of dressing the hair with unguents and perfumes and braiding it.
    The art of understanding writing in cypher, and the writing of words in a peculiar way.
    [25]The art of speaking by changing the forms of words. It is of various kinds. Some speak by changing the beginning and end of words, others by adding unnecessary letters between every syllable of a word, and so on.
    Knowledge of language and of the vernacular dialects.
    Art of making flower carriages.
    Art of framing mystical diagrams, of addressing spells and charms, and binding armlets.
    Mental exercises, such as completing stanzas or verses on receiving a part of them; or supplying one, two or three lines when the remaining lines are given indiscriminately from different verses, so as to make the whole an entire verse with regard to its meaning; or arranging the words of a verse written irregularly by separating the vowels from the consonants, or leaving them out altogether; or putting into verse or prose sentences represented by signs or symbols. There are many other such exercises.
    Composing poems.
    Knowledge of dictionaries and vocabularies.
    Knowledge of ways of changing and disguising the appearance of persons.
    Knowledge of the art of changing the appearance of things, such as making cotton to appear as silk, coarse and common things to appear as fine and good.
    Various ways of gambling.
    Art of obtaining possession of the property of others by means of muntras or incantations.
    Skill in youthful sports.
    Knowledge of the rules of society, and of how to pay respects and compliments to others.
    Knowledge of the art of war, of arms, of armies, &c.
    Knowledge of gymnastics.
    Art of knowing the character of a man from his features.
    Knowledge of scanning or constructing verses.
    Arithmetical recreations.
    Making artificial flowers.
    Making figures and images in clay.

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