Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, should I listen to my bosses or my professors when it comes to what I should be learning for the future?
A: The person who signs your check. Actually, there is no absolute answer here. Some professors tend to think in a vacuum, ignoring "real world" factors, and some bosses are only concerned with their own business and miss the big picuture. Neither is necessarily wrong, but neither is always right, either. The best thing is to ask as many people in both groups as you can and make an educated decision on your own needs and desires based on that.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...