"Not that they don't have to learn but the constant learning is part of how they think, I believe"
@Hailey: That's true to a great deal. The pace at which we learn things now and acquire new skills is way faster than at which our ancestors used to do it. You're right that learning has in a way become part of the thinking process.
For me, the fastest way to learn the features of a software application is to use it for solving a real-life problem that I need to address. I tend to become impatient with examples and training exercises that don't apply to something I need.
@TaimoorZ, at the same time, I think that we humans are getting faster at learning how to use tech. We're coming up on a whole generation of digital natives... and our newest workers pick up new applications without thinking about it. Not that they don't have to learn but the constant learning is part of how they think, I believe.
@Rich: most interviewers often seek for a basic knowledge of the course in the student that will help their organisation. These are the same companies that complain about employee incompetency at later stages. This can be removed altogether if surfing on the learning curve is abandoned altogether.
I think this is true. Without honing their skills through hard work and primitive tech, they are obsessed with using the better utilities that are provided. This means that they get less than what they come for, and this creates employment problems. The encouragement should be on practical learning and not on showing off software.
"You probably should do a little research before deciding what software you will use, but at some point, you need to make a decision and put in the time and effort to develop skill"
@Caleb: I think that's easier said than done. With the competitive pressures that the workforce faces today, you have to upgrade yourself to the new version of the software or the technology or you can forget promotions and new job roles. Companies are not willing to consider otherwise from what I have seen.
"That is, the skills shortage is based on measurement of knowledge of details that are actually inconsequential, in that they are extremely ephemeral, though easily learned, and therefore not important in the consideration of what constitutes skill."
@Rich: I think there's a difference between skills and you cannot club them together. For instance, Business Intelligence is a skill that I wouldn't called ephemeral or short-lived. Once you master the concepts, it will guarantee you success. However, the skill on a particular BI tool can be said to be temporary and you cannot ensure survival in the long run solely on that.
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