A study shows that IT depresses the value of unskilled work, which I donâ€™t find too surprising <http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/06/workers-need-education-to-stay-ahead-of-it-curve.ars>. On the bright side, it increases the value of those skilled enough to keep up: Highly educated workers are able to offset this effect with the positive influence of education-IT interactionâ€” they can integrate new technologies into their workflow. Less-educated workers, on the other hand, are left blank-faced in front of a computer screen. To me, this further reinforces the need to avoid vendor-specific qualifications. For example, there are those advocating sticking to Microsoft-based and other such proprietary products in schools and polytechs, on the assumption that those are the products they will be using out in the â€œreal worldâ€. Trouble is, if their skillset is that narrow, theyâ€™re not going to be earning much in the real world anyway. For example, what happens to those trained on Office 2003 when theyâ€™re sat in front of a machine running Office 2007 or 2010? Where in the â€œribbonâ€ will they find all those menu options they were trained to use, like rats trained to run a maze? Theyâ€™re stuffed. Better to concentrate on deeper skills, like all the different ways you can use a computer to solve problems. That kind of thing makes you much more employable.