If you were to take a call on the total volume of knowledge imparted to you, on an incremental manner and what you possess today, the enormity of the loss, can take you aback. The loss of knowledge is a loss we are not even in a position to calculate. The result is the incapability to deliver in areas in which we are supposed to be knowledgeable or possess skills out of training or field experience.
Consolidating knowledge is a skill we are not taught in our schools & colleges and much less in the professional settings we work in. The crux of the matter is the examination system where rote & consequent delivery is the name of the game. The success or otherwise is completely dependent on it. The proficiency in the knowledge acquired is not tested nor its usage. Consolidation can broadly happen only through these means.
How much of the knowledge beyond the books; gained from peers, tours, internet & other sources gets consolidated is a big question mark. Lateral knowledge available on the net ought to be consolidated to make our knowledge worthwhile in today’s age. It entails a thought process with an enabling capability to locate the right resources, use it gainfully & make it a value add on the available knowledge. Loads of highest quality content lies unused from Wikipedia, to Khan Academy to YouTube et al.
In the professional arena, experience measured in years, does not in any way reflect the actual knowledge consolidation by the professional. He might be worse off from the place he started. With vast quantum of relevant knowledge being added on a regular basis in the digital age in every field, it’s the bounden duty of every professional to gain out of it and finally possess a consolidated base of knowledge up to date & worthwhile. This is the litmus test of the day. Every individual would thus have a unique knowledge repository of which he would be proud of.
WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE CONSOLIDATION, A LIFETIME’S EFFORT GET’S WASTED.