Thursday, 17 March 2011

A little green man asks –

What are conductors? What do they do?

What would you answer if the proverbial little green man from Mars were to emerge from a flying saucer and surprise you with these two questions.

In reply, you could offer him these two most contrasting job descriptions from the last 24 hours, and suggest that he should draw his own conclusions:

(He might also say, as they do: 'Take me to your leader'. What would you answer to that?)

The jobs conductors do

On way of defining Conductive Education is to approach it from the viewpoint of its consumers (who after all keep the whole thing going, because they continue to buy it). What does the consumer of this commodity want or expect? What has to be satisfactorily delivered if customer-demand is to be maintained?

And what can be satisfactorily trained for, to ensure that consumers get a decent bang for their bucks? Over 1995-1997 Chas McGuigan and I, with a lot of help from others, put together an initial conductor-training course. At that point it still seemed fairly easy to construe the sort of contexts that its future graduates would be working in. We might have got this right we might not – in the event it did not matter because the world was already beginning to change around us and our graduates, and the pace and diversity of this change continues to intensify.

Look at some other recently advertised jobs, some 'traditional' most not:

I would not know now how to answer the little green man's questions. If, before he lost patience and flew off, he were to ask me a supplementary question, 'How should people be trained nowadays to meet the requirements of a possible future conductive job market/', I should probably begin with the Irishman's reply:

'Well, I wouldn't start from here...'

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