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How to make your skills official

You need to make your skills official. You need to get someone to put their stamp of approval on them.

A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender, therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber stamps. [...]

I want to be a fireman when I grow up. What about you?

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. (Aristotle)

I went to a Boy Scout camp where a fire company put on a rescue demonstration. They had 3 cars. One by one they ripped them apart using hydraulic tools. Right then I decided that I want to be a fireman when I grow up. [...]