Posts Tagged ‘Outsourcing’

But What Happens to Excellence…?

February 12, 2013

Recently, The New York Times had a series of essays about being over 50 and out of work.  The “Older and Out Of Work” series fell well short of what I imagine to be the standards of the New York Times.  They offered the familiar bromides to those who are older and out of work including “upgrading your skills” ($$$) by “reinventing yourself”.  Start your own business – risky and even more ($$$).  Impractical as it was superficial many of the experiences of the respondents over 50 – helped set the record straight.

But more to the point of this blog was a common thread that ran through the entire series.  That thread was that job skills are as transient and fleeting as the latest fad.  Gangnam Style may be all the  rage now – but does anyone expect it to remain on the top of the charts for the next year?  That’s to be expected in the popular music industry.  But this sort of transience is now being applied to job skills – and that’s alarming.