People Use Specialties to Survive in Job Market

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago November 02, 2012 Nov 2, 2012 Friday, November 02 2012 Friday, November 02, 2012 2:03:00 PM CDT in News
By: Mengti Xu

COLUMBIA - Local resident Karl Reber has tried several different jobs to make a living over the years, developing many skills and specialties along the way.

Reber was a machinist in the state of California. He started to work for himself after he moved to Missouri. For about 10 years, Reber has tried construction work, carpentry and more. However, Reber said when things slowed down, he started to worry about paying his bills, so this spring, he finally moved back to a factory and became a machinist again.

Reber said the job market is changing so quickly and the country has shifted over to a service economy since a lot of factory-related jobs went overseas.

"A lot of the trades and skills are being lost," said Reber. "There is not the demand for skilled labor that it used to be."

Recently, Reber started to make a Chinese instrument called an "erhu."

Reber said his stepson was interested in learning the instrument, so he tried to get one for him. Then, he thought maybe he can make one with his skills. 

Reber got a snake skin and learned how to put it on the body of the instrument. Reber said it is challenging to make an instrument that sounds good.

Now, Reber has made several erhus and two of them are for sale to local people who are interested in learning the instrument.

Reber said it is hard to compete with China, but he is still trying to make some deals.

Having worked in several industries, Reber said he can survive in the job market with his current skills, although people are paying more attention to education.

"I have learned to be versatile enough that if there is work in this area, I can go and I can squeeze in there," Reber said.

Reber said he can apply different things he learned to different areas, which helps him pick up new things quickly.

Michael Brooks, president of Regional Economy Development Inc. (REDI) said education, personal skills and technical skills are all important. Brooks used a local company that develops websites as an example.

"There is certainly an important element of the technical skill, because if you can't do the program and then you don't have that opportunity, but if you've got the ability to do the program and do you also have the ability to get out and convince the customers or a customer to buy your service?" Brooks said.

Brooks also said some people can become their own boss and develop their business because they have specific skills and trades.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive... More >>
1 minute ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:19:55 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former state lawmaker is suing over an associate University of Missouri law professor and attorney... More >>
8 minutes ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County prosecuting attorney charged a man in the shooting deaths of two men last September. ... More >>
19 minutes ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Two people received minor injuries after their car slid into a ditch early Thursday morning. The... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:40:42 PM CDT in News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University demoted school President Ken Starr and fired football coach Art Briles on Thursday, issuing... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:36:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri Senate staffer is set to review Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:31:21 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are monitoring high water levels along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in southwest Missouri to... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:28:03 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Central Missouri Humane Society is adding a cat camera to the shelter, allowing people to look at... More >>
4 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:12:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been convicted of in the death of a man who was shot... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:44:49 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A tree caught on fire after being struck by lightning early Thursday morning. The Columbia Fire Department... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:27:00 AM CDT in News
STANTON (AP) — Meramec Caverns, a popular Missouri attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year, will remain closed through... More >>
7 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:56:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 15-year-old St. Louis boy is charged as an adult with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal... More >>
7 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:35:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) and the Truman VA are scheduled to celebrate the completion of the Patriot... More >>
13 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Newer buses purchased in the late 2000s by the City of Columbia are costing much more in maintenance... More >>
15 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:35:00 PM CDT in Target 8
LINN — Transgender woman Cathy Serino received an invitation on Wednesday to participate in the "The United States of Women"... More >>
19 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Memorial Day weekend festivities are underway following the Salute to Veterans wreath laying ceremony outside the Boone County... More >>
19 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked 100,000 people about their smoking habits and found current... More >>
20 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:16:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
4pm 86°
5pm 86°
6pm 84°
7pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
4:00p
Dr. Phil
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
3:00p
The Bill Cunningham Show
4:00p
King of the Hill
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
Red Nose Day
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The Flash
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld