Am I a Jill of All Trades?
According to Wikipedia
“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.
The shortened version “a jack of all trades” is often a compliment for a person who is good at fixing things, and has a very good broad knowledge. They may be a master of integration, as such an individual who knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring the individual’s disciplines together in a practical manner. This person is a generalist rather than a specialist.
Because of my gender, I changed the wording to “Jill of all trades, and mistress of some” – which once upon a time I used in my marketing, as a speaker and trainer.
What Skills Do I have?
When I left school, I worked in an office as I had done well with subjects in my last year – Shorthand, Typing and Bookkeeping and at 17 was managing a small medical practice which inspired me to train as a nurse. On completing that course, I worked in a range of hospitals as a Registered Nurse.
As we moved around Australia, I was offered other jobs – rarely actually applying for them, but they just “happened.” Working in a fashion store, managing two business – one in the entertainment industry and the other in cosmetics (manicure). I had always wanted to be a teacher, so I went to university and graduated with a teaching degree.
What Did I Teach?
Initially, I taught skills to unemployed people so had to do a lot of learning myself, as the subjects were Personal Development, Retail, Hospitality, and later Aged Care. It was working in that field that I help people with literacy skills, especially those for whom English was not their first language. Next, I was working in a college for new migrants to Australia, which lead me to be offered a position teaching English overseas. For over two years I taught in China and South Korea.
I’ve always been a writer of sorts – even had work published before I reached my teens, and along the way have been an editor for a school newsletter, written for many websites, and contributed to other works. I have not yet published my own book.
I saw writing as a hobby, as was my interest in gardening, though in the late 1990’s our family had a Gerbera Flower farm – and I picked flowers several days a week! I’ve grown orchids for many years too.
As well I’ve been good at jewellery making, macrame, sewing crafty things , papermaking, photography and more.
Technology interested me too – so I’m a bit ahead of some of my peers.
I was often asked to speak at gardening clubs about my knowledge of bamboo, or networking, though now it is often talking about life stories, obituaries, writing, inspiring women, and housing for older women.
In 2012 I completed a Master of Arts in Writing too, which has been very useful.
Last year (2019), I completed a course in GAB – Guided Autobiography and work with mainly women to write their own stories.
Am I a Jill of All Trades?
Clearly, I am not of ALL trades. I can’t fix things, tend to ignore anything under the bonnet of my car, and frequently need help to get certain things done by people with skills I don’t have.
Though, I do like driving and have done a lot of that – it’s more about photography, but to get to many of the wonderful places in Australia, one needs to drive to get to them. I’ve driven many miles/kilometres, so I think I am a pretty good navigator too. I rarely get lost – even out in the centre of this vast country.
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