The “Concrete Skills” pattern is described as a way be able solidify and maintain skills that would be helpful in a work environment. The book explains that many teams don’t really want to hire someone who won’t be able to help with the workload. There are too many situations where you would be a detriment with the lack of experience and skills. The books then goes on to talk about the possible solutions, one being to gain the ability to learn quickly. This can help show the team that you can be put to use in a working environment and not need to be supervised. It can also build a better relationship with the team by reassuring them that their efforts and time are not being wasted. Another strategy that is important is a great understanding of your first language since it can help you create a starting point within your first job. The book explains that communication and professionalism can be a strong driving force that accent your skills within your first language to better show off what you learned to employers.
I found this pattern to be interesting in the sense that it relates to many new software developers looking for jobs. The through-provoking idea of being thrown into a software dev team that took a chance with a new developer is daunting to me. I find that if I was in that situation, I would need to work twice as hard to prove that I’m worth keeping on the team and that I have skills that can benefit everyone. This pattern shows me that concentrating on my programming skills and knowledge will be useful, but I will also need to have good communication skills as well to make sure that the team understands my viewpoints. I haven’t really thought about how important these communication skills and professional attitudes interlock with each other, but this pattern has shown me the importance of both. I agree with this pattern for the most part, however I found that it didn’t seem to give enough information about how someone could find their concrete skills in a team setting where many team members are already much better than you at your own language. Overall, I found this pattern interesting and very insightful.