I havent watched the video so maybe there is something in there but if there isnt.... I strongly suspect you are implying a lot of things about Rowe and his opinion and not what he actually thinks or says.
He's never said people are lazy and don't want trade jobs. The establishment has long shoved college down our throats. College is the only acceptable benchmark for a successful adult. That's just the way society is. It's go to college, get a diploma after 4 years -- or be a homeless bum and eternal loser.
There isnt a ton of focus on those trade jobs. And that is what Rowe is trying to do. Get people to pay attention. Get people to understand and realize that you can be successful without a diploma, without 4 or more years of college.
Part of the reason those trade jobs can pay so well is because there is high demand and not enough people to fill them. That is just fact.
You preaching about how much of a douche Rowe is sounds like you are defending the broken societal norms and big brother which is weird coming from you. Lol
EDIT: And to clarify. I am not saying there is anything wrong with going to college, getting a degree, etc. But it isn't for everyone and isn't required to be happy or successful. Young people shouldn't be pressured to go down that route or be made to feel inferior because they want to do something else.
I don't have enough thumbs to give this the appropriate amount of approval. I concur with everything that you said, and I share a very similar opinion on him.
I can't say definitively, because I've never had the pleasure of meeting the man. However, Sean, I think you missed your mark on this one. It was exactly as far said, if you listen to enough of this podcast, or interviews, you would get the feeling, or maybe you wouldn't, that his time on the show Dirty Jobs changed his perspective. There are a lot of jobs, that pay a lot of money, that people just flat out don't want. Now this isn't to say that those people too lazy, or anything else, just merely indicative of the fact that the construction trades did not really suit them, or were they saw their life going. it is indeed a fact however, that almost all trade unions right now hurting for people. Right now the market for all of the trades, and qualified trades persons, are almost at an all-time high. We call the hall for journeyman electricians, there's almost nobody there. Mind you this is a job that pays you over six figures a year with all benefits paid for, pension paid for, and a vacation fund that we pay for, and there still aren't enough people willing to take the job. And again, that could be for any number of reasons, it is not necessarily indicative of anything in particular. It is a fact though, that all of the trades are understaffed at the moment.
I've had the extreme Fortune to experience Both Worlds, the Army paid for me to get a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering, and I also left all of that, so that I could go start out at the very bottom as an apprentice again, and then I decided to start my own business in the trades. I think colleges are excellent common I think they are great idea for people who are wanting to expand the skill set that they already have, or they have an inclination to participate in. I thought I would be outstanding in physics, or as an electrical engineer, and I did very well in both fields, however, those weren't for me. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and it turns out that the construction trade suited me far better, and they've given me a life that I never thought I would have.
at the risk of dating myself, I will say that when computers first started to be introduced to the classroom, at least on a widespread level, every teacher and administrator in that school was telling us that computers are the future, and we should go to school for a degree in any of those fields, because we would have surely never be left and want once we got it. Loewen behold the market is now over saturated with technology degrees that people can't use, and construction trades are hurting, it's weird how that worked out. I think that is all Mike Rowe is really trying to address. I don't think he has anything against College I just think that he recognizes we are being conditioned to think that is the only way that you can attain the American dream in this Society, and that trade schools are so often left behind.
I have not stepped foot in a school that wasn't being built since I left College, however I'm sure if I were to walk down the halls I would hear teachers echoing the sentiment that if you want a six figure salary you need to go to college. Very rarely do I ever hear teachers introduce the trades is a potential six-figure job with benefits that far surpass anything offered in the corporate world outside of the CEO levels. I personally think the guy absolutely Nails in almost every interview, the more qualified tradespeople we can get the better our Outlook is as far as building infrastructure. I'm sure every city in the country has that one street that the road crews been working on for the last 35 years it seems, and a large part of that is the fact that nobody wants to stand out there in the hot ass son, baking all day. However a great Tipping Point might be the fact that those jobs can offer you over $100, 000 a year.