THREAD: I have met hundreds of Accenture consultants over the span of my career. This article strikes a bit of a nerve with me for that reason as well as @AndrewYang saying that "government retraining programs are 0-15% effective." Let me toss an anecdote or two on top of this.
2/ In July of 2017, I taught a two-day seminar for Cloud Management. I had three folks from Accenture attending, but none of them had backgrounds in Cloud. Even so, they were smart, capable folks, and for two of them, the concepts came pretty easily.
3/ For a third, they were hard. Cloud may as well have been "warp drive" to her, and Cloud Management, an abstraction layer over THAT, was simply beyond. You can think of this like trying to learn Calculus before you know Algebra. It is really not going to sink in.
4/ She confessed to me that this was not optional: Either she learned this, or she could be let go. I spent months working with her separately through emails and WebEx meetings and even a few mutual customer calls. Eventually, she became a trainer on the product at Accenture!
5/ Lesson #1: For people who have lived in technology their entire career, paradigm shifts in technology itself can be nearly impossible to grasp. She wasn't lazy or stupid, but she was learning a new form of math and had none of the prerequisites despite being in the 8% in STEM.
6/ Lesson #2: Somewhere, people started using "learn to code" as a pejorative for "learn to do something useful." News flash: That's actually difficult. The notion that a NON-techie can learn to BE a techie puts them light years behind my student. Likelihood of success? Near 0%.
7/ Lesson #3: The "robot repairman" myth that jobs will be created as automation destroys them misunderstands Lessons #1 and #2. Moving 92% of workers into the 8% of STEM jobs fundamentally misunderstands humans, markets, and technology and is destined for epic failure.
8/ Lesson #4: Yet to be learned: Accenture's retraining program has the following benefits over government-led retraining. (A) They assume they have already hired smart, flexible employees. (B) They are repositioning people from the 8% to elsewhere in the 8%. Curious of outcomes.
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