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Igor Furlan
'Learn a trade' meaning


Everytime I come across with a discussion about someone's career, I see some people suggesting that he/she should 'learn a trade'. What does that mean?


Jul 28, 2016 11:49 PM
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That means a skill. You can go to school-college/university for it but usually not very long. 

So a skill in America could be plumbing, heating/AC, construction, running equipment, etc. 

the better you are at your skill-the more $ you make. Usually. 

Sometimes it's people's true passion in life. So art could be a skill. Like a "skilled" painter 

July 29, 2016

to learn a trade = to acquire a skill in/ to gain knowledge of something

July 28, 2016

As I understand "trade" originally meant "a path" or "a track" or "a course". Therefore, it means "take a path in your life".

Also, later the same thing means "any occupation pursued as livelihood" so, in short, it means "learn something with which you can make a living".

July 29, 2016
Igor Furlan
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