In the article, Serena explains that “human skills provide a level of diligence that a computer software can’t” and cites a colleague’s ‘play space’ project as an example. Serena explains, “I am sure if play design software existed she [her colleague] could input the requirements in order to create a scheme. But whether that ‘design’ would give the children what they need in terms of playing, learning and social space is another question.”
On the skills gap, Serena speaks about RSK’s dedication to going into schools, colleges and universities and encouraging students to think about the broad spectrum of environmental-related jobs as viable career options. She suggests that “more links, modules or seminars on related courses such as architecture, geography and planning” could give “students an introduction into the landscape profession”. “When we talk about training the next generation of professionals, we need skills to be in context,” she concludes.
Finally, Serena encourages young professionals to get stuck in, apply themselves and not to simply follow banal directions, “if you’re just doing what you’re told, you don’t learn anything and if you make a mistake, so what”. “But,” she concludes, “by learning something you become a better practitioner”.
The Human Skills issue features Serena’s contribution and can be read in full at issuu.com.