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BadConsultant has been a little busy recently, bringing his non-evil-twin back to life in the virtual community. Now, that’s all underway, BC is free to cast his discerning eye over the business landscape in search of nuggets of wisdom, observation or just sheer lunacy.

Which brings us to paleontologists.

Can there be a single academic discipline in the world that is better at building a ready pool of available, willing talent than paleontology?

Early in BadConsultant’s own career planning, paleontology featured pretty heavily. As a child, visiting Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight over several summers, BC was taken by the life-size models of dinosaurs. I knew ALL the names

[and, yes, at the age of 6, BC could spell archaeopteryx]

however once I entered

[the social conditioning factory]

school, that dream career very quickly went by the wayside. The subject of paleontology just did not feature in any core, peripheral or otherwise organized curriculum in the UK.

One dinosaur-crazed kid was lost to paleontology.

Fast forward a few more years than BadConsultant would care to mention.

As part of our long-term, strategic workforce plan, BadConsultant has currently engaged two intern BadConsultants, one at 8 years-old and the second at 5. This exercise in talent development appears to be proceeding to plan, with a net depletion in current assets based upon our belief in the potential for future ROI.

Needless to say both our senior and junior interns are dino-crazy

[partly because BadConsultant is engaged in formal knowledge transfer, of course]

because every kids television channel from commercial-centric Disney to publicly-funded PBS runs several series based upon dinosaurs. Dino-toys are everywhere – from the cheap plastic, to the plush fluffy.

It’s fair to say that the market for dino-interest pre-high-school is as saturated and energetic as it can be

[like soccer]

Our 8-year-old intern proudly proclaims that she will be a paleontologist on graduating from college.

Yet, it is a fairly safe bet that the subject of paleontology will not feature in any core, peripheral or otherwise organized curriculum in the US.

And two dinosaur-crazed interns will be lost to paleontology.

By the evidence in hand, BadConsultant would have to conclude that paleontologists are the worst recruiters in the world for failing to convert such a ready, willing pool into practicing professionals.


A quick google on the term ‘talent shortage paleontology’ reveals that paleontology just doesn’t seem to get the focus that other sciences do when talent is under discussion, suggesting that there is no problem filling the pipeline of paleontologists.

Maybe paleontologists are the best recruiters in the world after all?


A secondary google on ‘shortage of paleontologists’ turns up a question as to whether there is an impending shortage of industrial paleontologists – an excellent paper on ‘Paleontology in the 21st Century’ from a conference in 1997 suggests that there isn’t enough being done to prepare for a demographic cliff facing industrial paleontology.

So, it would appear that paleontologists are the worst recruiters in the world after all.

So what’s the point.

There isn’t one.

Though imagine someone in 150 million years’ time trying to draw logical conclusions as to what BadConsultant was one about.

If there are still paleontologists to recruit, that is…

Wishing you all a nice sedimentary resting place,


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