Skills that should remain hidden …

A tweet from my Twitter buddy Warlach earlier today got me thinking about certain skills that one should never admit to having mastered.

Many years ago Wendy McCarthy told me that in her youth typing or shorthand were skills to which an ambitious young woman should never admit having mastered. This was good advice and it ensured that I remained a purely non-administrative resource and never had to serve coffee as part of my duties.

Those particular skills are now pretty much obsolete (refer to for more of these) but there must be modern skills that once admitted to will pigeon hole you in ways that can only be escaped by fleeing to a new job (possibly in a new city).

One skill I have learned to deny is any facility in supporting any technology like PCs or photocopiers. I confess to complete ignorance of such technology – otherwise you end up helping anyone who can’t be bothered to RTFM. What is really interesting is that this confession soon becomes reality given how quickly the technology evolves.

Now I’m wondering what the other skills that should remain hidden are?

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

2 thoughts

  1. I never admit to knowing anything about hardware. As far as I’m concerned, software runs on other software on other s…


  2. Awww, I’m famous.I still think I could handle it and stop myself being exploited but the co-worker who gets me to do things is just simply incompetent.How does one handle the situation if its not a case of who fixes the obvious issue, but whether it gets fixed at all?


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