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Stumbling Up the Ladder: A Lack of Training

A friend recently linked the article Stumbling Up the Ladder: Ad Agencies Neglect their Brightest Prospects with the comment that it’s not just ad agencies who are ignoring the young people in their company: it’s every industry. The friend who linked the article is a scientist who works in robotics.

And, of course, I”m a journalist. And while I’ve gotten some on-the-job training and been to a couple great conferences (mostly through school affiliations, though), most of what I’ve learned about the business and technology have been self taught.

There’s no money or time to go to conferences. Even local conferences are sometimes discouraged because of the cost of attendance. A great quote from the article:

But that was before chronic fear of recessions, ever-shrinking margins, and energy solely focused on the next quarter, redefined staff development as a “frill.”

And talking to young people throughout the industry, it seems like there’s a universal understanding that we’re on our own now. We may work for a particular company and a particular newspaper (or magazine, journal, etc.) but the emphasis on personal branding and multimedia projects above and beyond the call of duty aren’t necessarily because this new generation is self-absorbed and thinking only about themselves – it’s because no one else is looking out for us.

In the journalism industry, it seems like positions are being eliminated daily. People under 30 just aren’t making those next steps in our careers. I read recently that 70 percent of your pay raises will come in the first 15 years of your career. With this new dearth in leadership training, is that 70 percent lost to this generation forever?

I leave you with one last quote from the article:

Leaders are made, not born. And we’ve pretty much stopped making them.

So how does that jive with the future of journalism?

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  1. October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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