Sounds a bit like the training that I got. Lots of 'rules of thumb'
Mine just lasted longer.
I rode along for 18 months and then was put in a truck.
Noobs now get a week then get turned out on PMs. It's SAD, SAD, SAD.
It has taken stumbling across this site and RSES to really launch my education.
Funny. When I signed in here, I thought I would be the guy that solved everyone's problems...
Now I realize that I'm just another dummy, running around and trying to make the best of things.
I've got NOTHING on some of the folks that hang out here.