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When companies consider applicants for internships and jobs, one group that is largely disregarded is high school students. And it makes sense. What could these inexperienced, uneducated, and immature teens bring to the table that others can’t? Understandably, applicants who are recent college graduates and have experience in the work field would be the appropriate additions to your team. Then why do companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and a rapidly growing number of boutique tech firms offer training programs for high school students? Why do these companies invest their time and resources into them?
Probably foreseeing the need for knowledge platforms, Peter Drucker published “The Coming of the New Organization” in 1988 when I was coming to the United States for the first time as a first grader. I didn’t read the article then, but if I had, I would have started my journey with knowledge & communications systems earlier. In the past, I’ve been told that I over organize things or that I introduce too many sub-directories, tags, categories, etc. I don’t take it personally. I believe that in the long run, our human ability to recognize and name something will ultimately make us better partners with our coming computer counter-parts in the machine learning revolution. In fact, almost all of the machine learning today is done through “training” data which is used to train a computer to do what we do but about a million times faster. Machine learning isn’t going to make your organization a knowledge organization overnight. You are, by asking simple questions of who, what, how, why, what else, and where related to a Sales process.
Technology, similar to language, is ever evolving and continues to have a significant impact on business. With the pace of change, we are witnessing a shift in education models in general. The traditional path through university, while creating a strong foundation, does not deliver all of the soft and hard skills that will be needed as business and technology change. It is important to continue learning throughout your career because simply cramming more schooling in at before launching into your chosen profession is not enough. Individuals must prioritize acquiring and developing new skills throughout their careers.