When does experience trump ability?
Short answer: only when special skills are needed immediately to make a coffee right now!!
Yes, I'm thinking about a barista or, maybe a McDonald's burger flipper. Nope, come to think of it, even I could flip a burger!
A forklift driver? Another 'No' - robots do that now. Hmm - actually, it's probably only a barista.
Everything else: we learn on the job, or near the job. After all, that's where experience comes from right?
My first Principal ship came after I'd been a Deputy Principal. The two are vastly different jobs, let me tell you!!
A friend of mine, Pablo Honey from Psychedelic High, recently lost out on a job because the other applicant (Doug Field) had some specific experience in his resume.
Are we not educating our students to have 21st century soft skills?
- Strong Work Ethic
- Positive Attitude
- Good Communication Skills
- Time Management Abilities
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Acting as a Team Player
- Ability to Accept and Learn From Criticism
- Emotional Intelligence
Doesn't that apply to adults as well??
I know I want an employee who is all of those things. Then, if I need her to train as a barista, I know she will embrace the experience and excel.
So why of why would Pablo, the better prospect in all of those skills, not be successful?
Riddle me that!!