. . . find a different job. It is, at least to some extent, part of the employer's and employee's responsibility to keep up to date. Employers should provide opportunities for keeping up to date, and employees should avail themselves of them.
Stephan van Hulst wrote:. . . . If your professional situation doesn't allow for that, you need to . . . .
Campbell Ritchie wrote:. . . find a different job.
It is, at least to some extent, part of the employer's and employee's responsibility to keep up to date.
Stephan van Hulst wrote:I suggest you keep up to date. If your professional situation doesn't allow for that, you need to do it at home.
Always use the latest version of Java on your home computer. When a new version rolls out, read the release notes to see if there are big changes to the API, and try to use new features when you're working on hobby projects. Don't have a hobby project? Start one. When looking through the API documentation to brush up on a method you haven't used in a while, make sure to quickly browse through the overview to see if there are cool new methods you haven't seen before.
Piet Souris wrote:In Holland, actuaries that are member of the Actuarial Society, must gain at least 60 study points in a period of three years (something likewise for accountants, doctors et cetera). Does such an obligation not hold for professional IT people?
I agree that it's not ideal to work at a place where you can't work on the bleeding edge and advance your knowledge, and if it makes you unhappy you need to find something else. It however, is NOT the responsibility of the employer to make sure every job is always done with the newest technology that's out there.
Some of those people will be working as self‑employed people, or in a partnership; they can lose their accreditation to work, and therefore their jobs, if they fail to provide evidence of the 60 study hours. Presumably the expenses for such study are borne by the practice or employer, and if they earn fees rather than a salary, constitute a small proportion of all clients' fees.
Piet Souris wrote:In Holland, actuaries . . . must gain at least 60 study points in a period of three years (something likewise for accountants, doctors et cetera).
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Are they planning to upgrade soon? Java 6 is out of extended support.
This is an opportunity to become the "local" expert on Java 8!