Way back in my youth, I was enamored of qualification by way of “rubber meets the road” experience. I was a lack-luster student and formal education was a bit of a challenge for me, so I was convinced that formal education didn’t need to be too heavily weighted in establishing a nice foundation of knowledge, paired with experience.
At one point, someone told me that I was “anti-education.” No so… not even then. I waz educated gooder than most any body around me. (Ok, that was a little obvious, but if I made just one person laugh today, it was worth it).
However, many miles down the road, well-educated and well-qualified (I hope), I am now starting to notice something around me: A difficulty in finding talented, educated, qualified, IT folks. People possessing good judgment paired with sound skills. I can’t afford to be picky regarding the ratio of education vis-à-vis actual experience: Just send me someone who can do the job.
A campus of a major university where I’ve been doing some IT consulting doesn’t even have an IT program. That’s very disappointing.
And now, an Obama administration official has gone on record as saying that unemployment is exacerbated by people’s lack of education and skills. My own political leanings might normally have me countering someone like this person: However, I think she has a point. In my local surroundings, I’m hearing innumerable business leaders lament the dismal talent pool. I don’t have a formal survey or empirical figures, but it’s not their imagination, nor mine. Things are changing, and not for the better.
How do you feel about it? What are the challenges for you in an increasingly technical environment – for both business and IT?
I have a few ideas for improvement which I’ll share over the next few days…
October 9th: On this day in 1930, Laura Ingalls becomes the first woman to complete a transcontinental flight.