In what skills do you consider yourself competent?
The acid test is, if you had to make a living doing this, could you be up and running in two weeks?
Not Best Of All Comers. Not World Class. But competent.
An alternative test for those cases where local knowledge or changing data makes the above test difficult is: if you had to be the only person with this skill among a group of fifty people, would you be good enough to hack it?
Please note that I am asking about skill here, not credentials. I don't give a rat's ass what pieces of paper you've got. I'm asking could you do the job?
My not so hidden agenda here is that it is my thesis that among
I'll start with my list. Anything with a star is something that I've been paid to do.
*Appraiser (though I usually turn that down)
*Bookkeeper (though man-oh-man do I usually loath it!)
*Cook (though barely ever in a professional kitchen, usually doing meals for a couple of folks in a private kitchen somewhere)
*Document Management Consultant
*Editor (copy, not acquisition)
*Film Outputter (as in film and repro for printing, not film from photographic stuff)
*Furnituremaker's Assistant (sand these, help me steam and bend that, carry the other thing. Trust me, when working under a professional furnituremaker on deadline, this is a skill.)
*Healthcare Advisor (My, oh my, does that get dicey when ya ain't got a single sheepskin of any kind.)
*Help Desk Tech & Manager
*IT Director (different from help desk as IT encompasses budgets, meetings, etc.)
Intentional Community Expert & Manager (Sound like a cruise director, think like a megalomaniac, work like a dog. Yeah, I've done my time, just not for cash pay.)
M.C. (traditional version, not rap dude)
*Mac Tech (pre OS X)
*Proposal Writer (though when it comes to just about anything marketshare-related, I'm a dimwit of the first order)
Public Speaker (no star since beer and other freebies don't count)
*Salesman (phone & in person, mostly tech but not all)
Please note that most of my computer and fiber optic stuff is not on this list. I may have been, say, a passable PC tech back in the days of 286s but I am certainly nowhere near competent now. I'm also not listing things I've done for money for which I had no discernable talent, like working in a market and doing demolition work.
So, what is your list?