New Skills are the Answer
In 1903 man flew for the first time. 1969 man landed on the moon. That’s a very significant leap for man in only sixty six years. Today almost every cell phone has more computing power than the Command Module had with it as it circled the moon.
Technology is advancing faster than the advances from the 20th century. Jobs will require more skills and some of the skills will not have been developed in a person’s formative years. We already see how technology is replacing some workers with limited skills. ATMs replaced Tellers but required computer specialists and people to maintain and load the ATMs. Wireless phones are replacing those who maintained the cable and phone lines. Wireless has towers and transponders and other equipment that are completely different than the phone line system.
Cell Phones and computers are out of date in months if not in weeks. The pace of new technology is becoming unbelievable. Progress is not walking off into the distance its running.
A young person in high school will have to choose whether they will go to college or go acquire a trade. Regardless of the choice, the information or technology will change rapidly over the years. Staying current and marketable for jobs will be a job in itself.
As life advances rapidly those who have the best educations and training will be best positioned to be marketable will have the advantage on the better jobs, and the better life styles. Education and experience will be important, but so many more jobs will require technical skills that have not even been developed today. Constant education and training will be required to stay employed. Many of today’s unemployed are unemployed because they lack the skills or technical training for the jobs that are available.
The coming decades will require nimble employees who are willing and eager to learn and advance. The students today who fail to finish high school and expect to find an unskilled career to survive in will be very disappointed. Third world unskilled labor is far too cheap for manufacturers to pass up on. There’re only so many fast food jobs available and they are becoming less and less unskilled.
Years ago in the Army those with the lowest test score went into the infantry. Weapons became so advanced that the infantry requires higher test scores than before. Technology advances and skills are required to take advantage of the advances.
Personal responsibility on the part of the individual will be necessary for job stability. Our parents and grandparents held a job in the same company for 30 years or more. That’s very difficult today. Very few companies exist that long. They are acquired; move out of the country or technology passes them by. Job hunting and staying marketable are skills that all of us must acquire and maintain.
Long term unemployment benefits and government hand outs can’t do the job forever for everybody. Individual effort and results will keep individuals steadily employed over time in a constantly changing economy that advances with technology.
Personal responsibility and the ability to change direction quickly and efficiently will be necessary to keep up and stay ahead of the employment curve. Each individual will have to be responsible for themselves and their family.
Government will not be and can not be the answer. We have lost the idea that we are all responsible for ourselves. The Nanny State can’t take care of all of us all of the time. Each one of us can take care of ourselves and our families under the most difficult of circumstances.