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In the manual, at page 34, it says

Acquiring Skills: A free colonist that works at a particular job for an extended period may become a specialist in that skill. The colonist has learned through experience

How much time does it take for a free colonist to learn through experience?

Is it the same for all specialties or does it take more time for specialties taught in University rather than for specialties taught in school?

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To clarify, is this the original 1994 game or the new remake? –  Private Pansy Feb 22 '13 at 4:21
    
@YiJiang'sEvilClone It's about the original one. –  Luc M Feb 22 '13 at 4:33
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I'm not sure, but I think it is random. You get a low chance each turn. I seem to recall more colonists becoming farmers than elder statesmen, but that could be memory and the fact that you just have more farmers for more turns. –  Ids Feb 22 '13 at 5:12
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This may or may not be what you're looking for but there is a great section about Free colonists on his website ( here )

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The link is great, thanks. But you should quote the interesting part just in case that the link becomes invalid. –  Luc M May 5 at 19:01
    
@LucM I'm planning to, my work's firewall is blocking it because it deals with games. I'll include final information when i get home –  Peter V. May 5 at 19:02
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