No training, please … I'm not talented enough!

I recently read a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report on positioning learning practice for recession and recovery entitled 'Innovative Learning and Talent Development'.

Its raises some interesting issues for Learning Professionals in the current climate but it was its title that particularly intrigued me.  It became even more so when the traditional Learning and Development (L&D) function was referred to as Learning and Talent Development (LTD) throughout.

Does that mean that, as Learning Professionals, we should only consider developing the ‘talented’?  If so, what does ‘talent’ look like in IT?

The Oxford English Dictionary describes talent as ‘a natural aptitude or skill’, so on that basis, if I find IT hard to grapple with at times (and who doesn't?) I clearly don’t posses the natural aptitude for it.  Better stop investing any further in my knowledge or skills then because it is a waste of time.  Combine that with the news last year that it’s not worth training anyone in the North of England I am a completely doomed untalented Northerner and so hereby hand in my notice as an IT Professional!

Do I also need to hand back my CITP and Fellowship of the BCS or can I keep them as recognition of my hard work and commitment to the Profession in spite of my lack of talent?

About the author
Jooli Atkins (FBCS, CITP) has been involved in the IT profession for the past 25 years, mainly in Learning and Development. She is the Chair of the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group and CITP assessor as well as being an accredited SFIA consultant, specialising in Business Change.

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