Monday, October 31, 2011

Want a Job? Improve Your Tools

Seth Godin wrote a great blog post today where he hits on three great skills any small business can use.

The scary truth about the current level of unemployment is that those old jobs are truly gone. As times and technology have changed, whole industries are dying off and others are changing radically. The network economy has created a whole new set of rules for survival. That means plenty of economic misery for anyone with out-dated skills.

We have entered into a the fast paced digital world. The tools of the industrial economy just won't cut it anymore. Sure, a screwdriver is always useful, but now you should know how to write simple computer code too. We are in a new world and that means new skills.

If you have been languishing on unemployment for too long and you aren't learning new skills -- buddy, you are dooming yourself to poverty. Take the opportunity to teach yourself new skills. There are plenty of places online where you can learn valuable skills:
My point is that the internet is an amazing resource. If you use it wisely.

There has been a continued explosion in the number of new start-ups. Since the crash the number of new businesses is staggering. Chances are some of them will stick and eventually grow. Somewhere right now the next Apple or Google is being born. You could be part of that new company.

If you have the necessary skills.

The network economy is here. The old tools just aren't enough, you need to improve your tool kit. The internet has loads of free classes and resources to help you learn new skills. Don't think your factory/office drone job is coming back. Use this time to develop the skills you need to succeed.

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1 comment:

  1. Here's some more reading on this subject from The Economist -

    "The evidence is irrefutable that computerised automation, networks and artificial intelligence (AI)...are beginning to render many jobs simply obsolete."

    That means you need to learn skills that a machines simply cannot do. For more on what humans do better than machines, read