Re: Educational areas to pursue

Subject: Re: Educational areas to pursue
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 01:10:01 -0800 (PST)

Jan Henning wrote...

> Both Beth and me argued that, in deciding WHAT to learn (not IF to
> learn), you should make sure that you benefit (in the long run), not
> just your current employer. (That is: not JUST your current employer.)

If an employer asks for a certain skill (that would be "WHAT to learn", Jan),
and you say no because it doesn't fit your career ambitions, then it would make
sense for that employer to fire you.

So essentially what Beth proposed was that people put their current jobs in
peril just because it might not conform to their career desires. That is not a
wise decision.

If a writer told me he/she would not learn a skill I had deemed important, I
would of course, ask why. If their reason was because that skill would not
benefit them in the long run, I would of course explain my reasons for why I
felt that skill was necessary. If that person still resisted, I would most
likely terminate them.

And I think that being terminated has a profoundly more detrimental effect on
career ambitions that possibly knowing a skill that isn't in high demand.

Now, if I have missed some nuance in what you or Beth said, then by all means
please re-explain it to me. However, don't waste time with pointless attacks
over how I misunderstood you or mangled your words. If you feel misunderstood
then expand upon your ideas and enlighten me. Explain what I misunderstood and

But remember, I am well within bounds to disagree with your idea(s). And
disagreement is not synonymous with misunderstanding.

Andrew Plato

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