September 24, 2012
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Hard Unemployment Truths About ‘Soft’ Skills: Finding qualified applicants for high-tech jobs would be great. So would finding someone who can answer the phone. “The skills shortage is not just an absence of workers who can write computer code, operate complex graphics software or manipulate cultures in a biotech lab—as real as that scarcity is. Many people lack what the writer R.R. Reno has called ‘forms of social discipline’ that are indispensable components of a person’s human capital and that are needed for economic success.”
80% of life is showing up. On Time. Properly dressed. Able to speak appropriately. A lot of people don’t get that. It’s the consequence of lacking the bourgeois virtues that used to be taken for granted, at least among the middle class.