Update on Apprenticeships

R. T. Moore Company 

A disclaimer to everyone: this blog post is going to be much shorter than previous posts. It’s primarily to provide you all with an update on where I’m at right now with my educational pathway regarding apprenticeships in Apprentice University.

Last week, I officially began my second apprenticeship, working at R. T Moore, a mechanical contracting company in Indianapolis. It’s an incredibly different environment from Truth at Work, but equally enjoyable. Before the actual start day, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend several training events, including a two-day workshop on Predictive Index

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Right now, I am assisting them with Performance & Development, helping write—are rewrite—many job descriptions in a rather specific format. It is a more tedious and precise process than I had expected, so already one thing learned. Being a detail-oriented person, though, I have thoroughly enjoyed converting job descriptions from the old format into the new, as well as writing new ones. In the process, my knowledge of mechanical contracting companies has grown exponentially. Additionally, I’ve been able to develop my more technical writing skills.

And I’m only finished with week two! I cannot wait to begin to delve deeper into their Elevate (Superintendent Training) Program, aid with leadership development, and, most exciting to me, potentially hone some skills in Digital Storytelling by working on a fantastic project telling the “R. T. Moore” story. This will be an incredible second apprenticeship. 

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Random Thoughts… 

On Wednesday, I had a lunch meeting with a brilliant businesswoman. During our conversation, it became evident that she was bursting with joy, contentment, and excitement. Especially as she told me her career journey, from college to becoming the successive CEO of a thriving company to getting involved in a startup that has the potential to rock the Human Resources world. 

We are talking about work, and she’s glowing? 

Yes. And it’s incredibly contagious. 

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She kept repeating the phrase, “where I am in the present.” She told me how, for the past year, her daily prayer has been that God would use her to serve people. And her career is a testament to her loving heart! 

I love that, “in the present.” How often are we so consumed with worry about the future that we blind ourselves to the moment, the right now? Granted, there is something (no, a LOT) to be said about maintaining a big picture view of life, and understanding that your actions now do have consequences farther down the road.

From childhood, we have been ingrained with the notion that we must always look ahead–“what do you want to be when you grow up”? In a book I’m reading, The Art of the Commonplace, I came across the following few sentences that I think summarize this issue very well: 

“Our lives [have] become theoretical and abstract, focused on the hypothetically possible rather than the concrete and necessary present. Indeed the present is often sacrificed for the future. Because we do not attend to the present, and therefore fail to see what Gerald Manley Hopkins in his poem “God’s Grandeur” described as “the dearest freshness deep down things,” it is all but inevitable that our minds, whether out of blindness or hubris, will turn against the world. What we fail to see is that by turning against the world we finally turn against ourselves too.” 

There will be a full blog post on this in the future, so stay-tuned. 

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For now, I want to say that we should live in the present. We should embrace where, and maybe even how, we are now. That is something I struggle with daily, particularly as a young adult entering the workplace for the first time, not even beginning an official career yet, with high hopes and equally soaring expectations. It is incredibly difficult to be content with my current situation. 

I’m trying to be patient, with myself and with others. It is entirely acceptable not to have all the answers. In reality, you never will; we are not omniscient beings. Instead of wasting time worrying, enjoy the people, the work, the activities you are with and doing today. Let God use you in the present. Find joy in profitless (money-wise) pleasures, meaningful leisure, useful knowledge, and the mystery of life itself. Remember what is like to be a child, when the days seemed to last forever, and life was a never-ending opportunity merely to play. 

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