I've had a number of conversations with people of late regarding the economy, their career, and what the future may hold for them.
One thing I've always heard about the future is that it is tough to predict. But not impossible.
Today's NYT has a highly thought-provoking article about jobs that are in demand right now(MBAs with no real-world experience need not apply). Definitely worth the read.
As to the future, these roles may well point the way towards your next career. All of these rolls have common elements: hands-on, long time to gain the necessary experience to be good enough, and focused on areas that were known to be needed at least 5 years ago based on demographic needs.
For software development, and technologists in general, I keep wondering about how we create better products for an aging population that, based on death rates, will trend more female. How about specializing in UX for those over 50?
One of the fun parts about being a parent is when your child gets bored and starts bugging you for something to do.
If you're in this predicament as we get into summer break, you might want to check out the beta release of Nanovor.
Nanovor is a turn-based battle game that works much like Pokemon, except that it's largely on-line, and it's much more fun. It is being developed by Smith & Tinker, the company I joined back in January.
We put this product into a limited beta phase several weeks ago, and we are very happy with the results we've seen to date. Since this has been a success, we're opening up the beta to broader use, and are looking for people to get into the game and help us understand where the problems are. Oh, and during the beta, it's free of charge!
Malcom Gladwell doesn't need an intro, and his work should be on the top of everyone's reading list, especially if you're seeking talent, or you're seeking a new company to work for.
Penelope Trunk is a blogger/writer/entrepernuer I've been following for some time. In all honesty, I'm ambivalent about her posts. But, one thing I won't argue with is her advice: She is so spot on so much of the time that you should read her blog regularly. I guarentee that you'll cringe from time to time, but you'll never walk away from a post feeling bored!
Finally, we come to Matt Youngquist's blog, Career Horizon's: The Blog!Matt's great at what he does, he's local to Seattle, and he's always got good insight into what's going on in the job hunting world. Definitely worth a read if you're on the job hunt!
Today was a 'Perfect Storm' of political events in my life.
To set the stage, my mom, a very true-blue Republican is up visiting. Then, Paul Krugman writes this most excellent analysis of the source causes of our current economic difficulty. I described this article to mom, and she had a fairly violent negative reaction to it, actually going so far as saying, "So, you think all the good times of the 90s are due to Clinton?"
This rather amazing non-sequitor brings us to right to the core problem of the moment with the Democratic party: They have no competition.
Right now, the only things out there keeping the Democrats sharp are the admitedly huge, once-in-a-lifetime economic/governance/international relationship problems we are facing down. And, that should be enough, I suppose, except that it won't be. Because they are political animals. They need to rail against an opponent. And right now, the Republican party just isn't there.
Can't wait for the next political competitor to the Democrats to appear. We need them, and soon!