[geeks] New Tech Schools: Digital Harbor in Baltimore
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Thu Apr 12 13:14:57 CDT 2007
On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 11:39:14 +0300
"Geoffrey S. Mendelson" <gsm at mendelson.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 04:09:00AM -0400, der Mouse wrote:
> > Teaching OpenOffice instead of teaching Excel and Word makes almsot no
> > difference to me; I still believe they should be teaching word
> > processing and spreadsheets rather than any particular instance of
> > either.
> Image this at an interview:
> Interviewer: "Did you learn how to use Word in your class"?
> Candidate: "No, we used Open Office".
> Interviewer: "Sorry, we want someone who knows Word".
> When you start a company and hire people you can hire people for what
> concepts they know, instead of what programs they've used. But most
> of the world thinks the other way. :-(
> It was rare in computers thirty years ago to hire people for specific
> knowledge, now it is the norm.
It's worse than that. An interview I had last year for a great job, but a
horrible HR department:
Int: "We need someone with Solaris skills."
Me: "I run several Solaris 2.6 boxes right now, and... " (I
explained my current projects and skills).
Int: "Oh, that's much too old. We are already using version 7
No amount of talking could get through their brick heads that the version
numbers were meaningless.
It's bad enough to not be able to demonstrate that you have the capacity to
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