Thursday, November 19, 2009

How should older pro's approach learning "new-fangled" skills?

How should older employees make the switch from linear mainframe skills to more modern client-server and distributed computing skills?

One tip is to maintain absolute concentration and focus on employer-provided training, usually months before the associate really needs the skills. Do all the exercises. Employers should allow off-site training course homework on their corporate computers to be considered proper “business use.”

Another problem is that instructors do like to give problems that are hard to work quickly from the available help screens. I found this particularly true of PowerBuilder as far back as 2000. Consider how much more thorough help screens from Google are for home bloggers. Or even Microsoft’s solutions, which tend to be very detailed.

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