Originally Posted by kimberlink
. . . I don't have that piece of paper that the young guys do, a College degree. . . .
A more important piece of paper in this business is the FCC General Radiotelephone Operator's License
(GROL). The GROL is equivalent to the old Second Class Radiotelephone Operators' License, and replaced both the Second Class and the First Class. It is good for life, unless revoked for cause. The FCC does not give the exam directly anymore, but sub-contractors hold exam sessions for those who want the license anyway. Even though the FCC has not required operators' licenses for about 30 years, some government contracts still require having FCC licensed employees on staff.
If one finalist has a degree, and the other has a GROL license, the candidate with the license will normally win. The exception might be if the hiring is being done by a Human Resources specialist without any department input inside an multifaceted organization so big that you will be reduced to a number. But the RF units of most vendors or government sub-divisions are usually so small that everyone knows each other. And most outfits have only one or maybe two old, wise ones full of practical wisdom, whose retirement leaves a gaping hole that needs filling in mentoring the next generation.
Cell site maintenance is another option. I know about 20 years ago as cell phones were first taking off, the carriers would throw crazy money at anyone who had ever put a screwdriver to a radio and was willing to live out of a suitcase. They would be sent all over to go and supervise laborers throwing up cell sites. I think that frenzy has died down over the years. I am seeing more technology upgrades every year than I am seeing new cell towers, such as adding LTE or another 4G technology, and Sprint converting the Nextel channels they bought to phone and data. But there are still a handful of techs who are on call to go and swap out a channel if a site has a problem.