Jack of many trades master of none

I just read a post over on Eric Stoller’s blog about the many jobs that he has had.  I thought what a great idea and a wonderful way for readers to know a little bit more about this guy who claims to be a .eduGuru!  So Eric here’s responding to your question and to any readers, I think I might have a few of you out there, here is a little information about me.

Hats that I’ve worn

  • Grocery store Bagger, Janitor, Stocker
  • Dish washer
  • Salkehatchie - From a camper all the way up through site director.  Salkehatchie is like Habitat for Humanity except associated with the United Methodist Church.  When you go for a week a year for ten years you work your way up from a lowly camper to a site director.
  • Construction worker - That’s right I’ve operated a bulldozer, track hoe, back hoe, skid steer, packer, pan, and dump truck.  In fact I learned how to drive a stick on a one ton truck.
  • PC Bench Technician
  • Cutco Knives Salesman
  • Camp Counselor - running through the woods with kids from age 6-14 for a summer is much more than a job. 
  • IT Help Desk Technician
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Database Reporting  and Web Programmer
  • Dixie Youth Head Baseball Coach
  • College Webmaster
  • USSSA baseball Assistant Coach

Many Hats Tell Many Tall Tales

This was a good refresher for myself, and it is about time I update my resume anyway.  Looking back I’ve done a little bit of lots of things, but I definitely do not feel like a master of anything.  Isn’t that a little ironic as my current job is “Webmaster”? 

Just yesterday I helped a buddy of mine build a deck.  It was definitely a lot of fun to get together and build something that I’m sure he will spend many afternoons enjoying.  Unfortunately, I don’t feel like a professional carpenter.  Fortunately, we built a solid deck that should be able to survive decades.  So maybe there is value to having a construction hat ready whenever that skill is needed, just like some of the other hats that I keep. 

In conclusion, maybe .eduGuru isn’t the most appropriate name for this blog?

So the challenge, should you choose to accept, is what various and different hats have you worn?

This post was written by:

Kyle James

Kyle James - who has written 227 posts on .eduGuru

Kyle is currently the Customer in Residence at HubSpot, a Co-Founder at nuCloud and  formerly the webmaster at Wofford College. Kyle is an active contributor in the social media spectrum. Although his background is technical, he claims to know a thing or two about marketing, but mostly that revolves around SEO, analytics, blogging, and social media. He has spoken at multiple national conferences and done countless webinars on topics ranging from e-mail marketing to social media and Web analytics. He's definitely a fairly nice guy.

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6 Responses to “Jack of many trades master of none”

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    Eric Stoller Says:

    Unlike “strollers,” I can go up or down escalators… Stoller only has one “r” ;-)


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    Kyle James (author) Says:


    Sorry. It seems like it’s impossible to edit enough to catch everything. Luckily with the web it’s SO easy to fix something like this.


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    Eric Stoller Says:

    No worries…a lifetime of being called “stroller” has made me a bit paranoid :-)

    PS: I didn’t know that you read my little blog btw…


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    Kyle James (author) Says:

    Yeah man. Been reading it for a few weeks now. I’m always looking for new knowledge out there specifically related to Higher Education technology.


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    Elian Says:

    It is a very friendly dialog between you. Sorry if I distract you. If I understand well each hat likes a symbol which means a new job in your life. As for my hats I have worn a lot too. But it is not compared with your quantity.


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    Tag44 Says:

    Thanks Kyles, thanks for the information and for sharing with us. Nice post..!


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