S4L Book Club – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

S4L Book Club - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyMma Ramotswe becomes a private detective without any formal or even informal training. She does buy a manual on how to be a detective, which I found pretty funny.

What do you think of her doing that–just up and calling herself a detective one day, and hiring herself out? Would you ever do something of the sort?

Let’s say you would. What are some occupations you might enjoy and be able to do with no training beyond what you have had to date?

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  1. Your question makes me think about the main character in Catch Me If You Can. The movie was based on an actual person…one who was quite skilled in evading the police. This man assumed many different roles and positions…and excelled at all of them. He became a surgeon and a pilot, just to name two. He was exceptionally bright. Maybe he didn’t have the patience or the attention span to spend actually earning his degree in these areas. Who knows?

    Anyway…if I were to take on a job that I haven’t had training for but might be able to give it a go, the job might be in public relations, or mediation, or as a presenter. None of those jobs are overly exciting, though.

    On the other hand, a job I’d love to give a try that is exciting–lead singer in a band! Now that would be fun!

  2. I know someone who read up on electricity and home wiring, etc. She then wired her own home…

  3. @Shelly – I love that movie. Just watched it recently, too. Frank doesn’t actually fly planes or treat patients, though, so he’s not good at those jobs, per se; he’s good at pretending to be what he’s not.

    I’ll agree that you haven’t had formal training for the jobs you list, but you definitely have relevant experience. I guess that’s what Mma Ramotswe has, too.

    @Mom – That’s right. I know her, too! I’ve even seen her electrical work. I asked, and she says there’s no way she’d hire herself out as an electrician.

    Here are two things I might be willing to hang out a shingle and charge for: psychologist and healthy-living adviser. I’m afraid, however, that my customers are likely limited to fictional characters.

  4. Jen, it’s funny how my memory re-construes info sometimes. I just did a bit of reading on Frank Abagnale, and you are quite correct. But it was interesting to read that he took and passed the bar exam without ever having gone to law school. I wonder what this man could do if he really applied himself? (I know he has done very good work in the anti-crime field)