The Art of War
September 1, 2010 4:00 PM Subscribe
If you knew someone who had an instinctive grasp for tactics and strategy--a person who could, given a specific scenario, immediately determine the most effective course of action for winning a battle or a series of engagements--but who could not serve in the military due to specific physical limitations, what would you advise him to pursue as far as education and career choices, to make the most of this ability?
posted by misha to work & money (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So, Subject A, as we'll call him, is looking for career options. He is dispassionate, logical, has an uncanny knack for cataloguing strengths and weaknesses in tactical situations, assessing "the big picture", making various calculations determining the best course of action and achieving the desired outcome, especially in military tactical situations. Basically, when put into a simulation of battle or given a set of situational parameters, he can find his way unerringly along the straightest path to success. He is also good at financial analysis, and has dabbled with economics and had some success with picking lucrative stock options in a purely intellectual capacity, not having actual money to invest (yes, I'm sure many of us could empathize with that aspect).
He has considered joining the military or attending officer's training, but he is physically unable to actually enlist. His physical limitations make even the firing of a rifle, for example, a virtual impossibility.
What advice would you give Subject A regarding an appropriate career path and training to leverage his skills into viable employment?