Thomas Friedman writes about the changing job market in America:
The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story. I think something else, something new — something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job — is also influencing today’s job market more than people realize.
And later in his column:
Whatever you may be thinking when you apply for a job today, you can be sure the employer is asking this: Can this person add value every hour, every day — more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets? In today’s hyperconnected world, more and more companies cannot and will not hire people who don’t fulfill those criteria.
But you would never know that from listening to the debate in Washington, where some Democrats still tend to talk about job creation as if it’s the 1960s and some Republicans as if it’s the 1980s. But this is not your parents’ job market.
This is precisely why LinkedIn’s founder, Reid Garrett Hoffman, one of the premier starter-uppers in Silicon Valley — besides co-founding LinkedIn, he is on the board of Zynga, was an early investor in Facebook and sits on the board of Mozilla — has a book coming out after New Year called “The Start-Up of You,” co-authored with Ben Casnocha. Its subtitle could easily be: “Hey, recent graduates! Hey, 35-year-old midcareer professional! Here’s how you build your career today.”
There'll be much more to say later in the year! But this sneak peek is relevant to the current moment, and Friedman nicely captures a few of the key ideas. If you want to pre-order the book (from an empty Amazon page), you can do so here.
I'm on a semi-hiatus from blogging this summer; daily posting will return in the fall. Below are some random posts from the archives on many different topics.
- Farmers Didn't Invent Tractors. They Were Busy Farming. How innovation can come from outsiders.
- Culture Matters to Entrepreneurship. The best reason to be bullish on America.
- The Age of Early Self-Conception - The consequences of hundreds of millions of young teens writing their bios on social networks.
- In-Person Conversation Skills - What I've learned about the art of conversation.
- Career Lessons from Elena Kagan vs. Richard Posner - One pursued a safe careerist path; the other a riskier more exciting path.
- 30 Steps to Mastery. Keep. Fucking. Going.
- One Difference Btwn College and Real World - College is an information-rich environment that makes it easy to track progress. In the real world, you don't always know how well you're doing.
- Organizing the Rhetoric Around Why to Go to College - The reasons for college are always scattered. They fit in three main categories: knowledge, connections, and credential.
- Disrespecting Credentialism - If the importance of your credential does not decrease with age, you are not achieving very much in the real world.
- Who Should and Should Not Be Going to College? - Depends on which of three groups of students you fall into.
- Do Only Negative Emotions Count for Depth? – Does saddness stretch you more than happiness?
- Explain Your Opponent's Perspective - One of the easiest way to probe the depth of a person's understanding on an issue is to ask him to explain the opposing view
- Regret Aversion - When in doubt, say 'Yes.' Regret is painful.
- 14 Thoughts on Advice Giving and Receiving - Assorted wisdom on the tricky topic of giving and receiving advice.
- The "I'm Proud of You" Litmus Test - When someone tells you they're proud of you, it means they know you well and self-identify as higher status.
- Six Habits of Highly Effective Mentees - How to be a good mentee (protege).
- How Friendships Evolve Over Time and the Quest for Platonic Intimacy - What you're looking for in a friend changes as you get older
- The Capacity for Surprise - What to look for in a friend: the person's capacity to…surprise you.
- Intellectual Stimulation in Life and Romance - Should your romantic partner stimulate you intellectually? How?
- Regrets of the Dying - What do people on their deathbed regret not doing?
- Is Being in a Relationship a Time Sink? - No! At least compared to being single and looking.
- Who's Benefiting from National Service? - NPR commentary against forced national service.
- Why I Oppose Prop 8 (and Support Gay Marriage) - The case for gay marriage.
- A Rising Tide Lifts All (Nation-State) Boats - Why we should be supporting China's economic growth.
- What I learned from 1.5 weeks in Colombia - Including notes from meeting President Uribe.
- Urban Nomadicism: Sources of Unhappiness for Serial Travelers - Rootlessness, shallow relationships, identity confusion.
- Guilt-free, Pain-free Solitude When Abroad - One of the benefits of international travel: solitude.
- Lessons and impressions from Indonesia - Two weeks of traveling there.
- Start-Up Town: How Boulder, CO Developed Its Entrepreneurial Culture (American Enterprise Institute)