Jenyfer Johnson replied to the topic what skills do government professionals need most? in the forum Training and Development 8 years, 1 month ago
My advice on what government professionals need is a “thick skin” to start. I learned a long time ago not to become too attached to anything I wrote or work I generated because there will always be someone up the line that will want to “tweak” it to their way. The quicker you learn this the better off you will be.
Reading the article I was struck by the fact they felt that education was sufficient; you would not need to ensure people had the basic reading, writing and problem-solving tools. I’ve found this NOT to be the case many times. There are many people out there, government professionals, that cannot write clearly or are ineffective problem-solvers. You can’t always assume people have the skills just because they have the education.
A personal anecdote to illustrate my point. Many years ago in a previous career, I worked for a Naval Shipyard as an Engineering Tech and we went through a RIF, thus I lost my job. I was called a few weeks later to come back and interview for a couple of positions in the Environmental Flight. My interview consisted of pleasantries and 2 questions. The first was 10 to the -3 and I was asked to write it in decimal form. The other was a simple algebra equation, like 3x times 4=24, solve for x, or something similar. I answered both and was told I’d be called. I later found out that 13 people were interviewed and only 2 could solve both problems…I was shocked. Myself and another woman were offered positions due to the fact that we could solve both problems. Don’t assume education is real knowledge, please.
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