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January 31, 2006

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James G

Good points, but what about the level of salesmanship shown by your average spiv/barrow boy type? :-)

Actually, I appreciate what you have to say regarding the hard vs. soft skills. I began my IT career in hard skills, but am now finding myself managing a team with about 15 Indians on it. I don't believe I've used a hard skill in the execution of my job since about 2001 or so.

dsquared

You appear to leave out of your analysis "thick working class youngsters with good soft skills", which I would expect to be a quite material category. And since they are now receiving a university education, they will get on much better.

John East

Inspiring insight, a great post. I observed such pressures within industry over recent years.
I was a working class geek who chose a scientific career path which I thought to be consistent with my personality strengths, and weaknesses. As the years passed, UK science jobs began to disappear, and colleagues increasingly emigrated, often taking their jobs with them. I had to choose between moving myself, or changing by adding to my repertoire some of the softer skills you described like buying, selling, and developing more managerial and communication skills. I chose the latter, and it was not an easy transition. I was often struggling to compete with lesser qualified middle class colleagues to whom the soft skills appeared to come quite naturally.


John East

dsquared,
A thick person will still be thick whether or not he/she is awarded a degree under Tony Blair's "All shall have prizes" scheme.

guerby

Soft skills are rendered less necessary by the internet in some areas: with who do you negociate when you buy over the internet ?

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