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The Age of the Essay | Paul Graham
One big question is just what those essential competencies are. Is it a short list of 5 to 10 general skills? Or is it a longer list of very specific “technical” skills, each tied to a relatively small number of jobs – like the ability to program in Python or to operate metal fabricating machinery?
September 2004 Remember the essays you had to write in high school
What does this all add up to? It seems that one of the reasons the skills and training debate becomes confused is that we’re talking about two different aspects of job skills. One dimension is the skills that will be widely needed in most jobs in the future (and today!), and the other is the skills that are in short supply. The competencies that we should worry about most from the perspective of national education policy are the competencies that are both essential to most jobs and are in short supply (i.e., hard to hire). Chart 3 lays out all the competencies in the survey along both dimensions.