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    Years ago, when I started in IT as a Support bod, I was amazed at the lack of general basic IT knowledge of most of the users in my office.

    We are not talking advanced Windows configuration but things like, adding a printer, browsing the internet, saving files, understanding different file types (Word, Exel etc).

    At the time, I remember thinking that companies should have a minimum 'entry requirement' when recruiting re: IT/Computer skills.

    If anything, MI5's actions are a reflection of how pervasive IT has become in modern life and the fact that kids nowadays are more in tune with technology than their peers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clippy View Post
    Linky.

    Years ago, when I started in IT as a Support bod, I was amazed at the lack of general basic IT knowledge of most of the users in my office.

    We are not talking advanced Windows configuration but things like, adding a printer, browsing the internet, saving files, understanding different file types (Word, Exel etc).

    At the time, I remember thinking that companies should have a minimum 'entry requirement' when recruiting re: IT/Computer skills.

    If anything, MI5's actions are a reflection of how pervasive IT has become in modern life and the fact that kids nowadays are more in tune with technology than their peers.
    Erm, surely a kids peers are other kids?

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    I laughed my t*ts off at this as they use Facebook as a benchmark to IT skills. I can imagine the interview...

    Interviewer : Can you use Facebook?
    Applicant : Yes of course
    Interviewer : Ok you are in.

    2 months later

    Boss : You out. Clear your desk
    Employee : Why?
    Boss : You use Facebook which is computer missuse. Your fired!!

    Using an app that is dismissable in most companies as an IT benchmark is just total FAIL in my opinion.

    Why not go the whole hog by asking them if they can use torrent sites and can download Warez to their works PC!!
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    "But it's an essential part of most jobs. Just to pick out MI5 is a bit bizarre."
    Interestingly there is a newish EU project throwing significant money about to get Plods educated in IT and especially in the sort of IT skills these peeps need.

    So why bin these experienced staff, when they could get their skills updated for 'free'?

    Bizarre indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clippy View Post
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    We are not talking advanced Windows configuration but things like, adding a printer
    I might fail on that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clippy View Post
    Linky.

    Years ago, when I started in IT as a Support bod, I was amazed at the lack of general basic IT knowledge of most of the users in my office.

    We are not talking advanced Windows configuration but things like, adding a printer, browsing the internet, saving files, understanding different file types (Word, Exel etc).

    At the time, I remember thinking that companies should have a minimum 'entry requirement' when recruiting re: IT/Computer skills.

    If anything, MI5's actions are a reflection of how pervasive IT has become in modern life and the fact that kids nowadays are more in tune with technology than their peers.

    Even worse, people without and IT knowledge worth talking about are making purchasing decisions and making key decisions on IT strategy. They seem to think that because they can use a Windows PC at home, it can’t be too different from the servers and infrastructure at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clippy View Post
    If anything, MI5's actions are a reflection of how pervasive IT has become in modern life and the fact that kids nowadays are more in tune with technology than their peers.
    You're quite right. Didn't they get rid of Malcolm for a young whippersnapper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    Erm, surely a kids peers are other kids?
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