Watched the newest X-Men online with my wife last night, there was a scene where one of the characters mentioned that she was “studying waitressing” as a way to establish to the audience that it was a long time ago.
I had to laugh, since in Germany, people actually still do 2 or three year apprenticeships for such jobs. The first day at a new job, I was waiting tables when a lady told me “En Jsermahny, vee hab a certain vay, in vich one learns zer jop for a time bevor vorking on our eee-ko-no-me.” To her credit, that was impressively subtle for this part of the world, which made me have to suppress a laugh.
There are a lot of apprenticeships I don’t quite understand, and make me laugh a little when I hear how much education goes into it. My favorites are cash register operator, and putting up posters around town that advertise concerts, or other events going on in the city.
On the other hand, people here know their jobs in and out here, and perform it in absolute confidence. People in Germany also have the privilege of learning a skill that doesn’t that comes with a mountain of nearly insurmountable debt.