(See the pic to the right?…Think it’s gibberish? That ‘gibberish’ commands big bucks today…Be wise–Learn it.)
The other night, on TV, I saw a commercial for a local university. In the background, the teacher had written on the blackboard “The French and Indian War.” He was apparently a history instructor who was discussing an event that occurred in America, from 1754-1763, and I gotta say: I was stunned.
I simply couldn’t believe the French and Indian War is still seriously discussed, especially at the university level—what with the huge events currently happening in the world and the forces that have driven the present status quo.
And I thought to myself, sarcastically: “Yeah, sure, those students will get jobs.”
First off, over 30 years ago, I ceased teaching history, tho’ it was my area of concentration in college (I minored in French.) Those, coupled with my Education requirements allowed me to begin a teaching career that stretched on for another 30 years.
But I found the teaching of history too confining. Frankly, I believed the secondary curriculum “stuck” on American studies. Oh, sure, there’s the history of Western civilization, as precursor, but generally speaking, I believed there was far too much emphasis on the United States with far too little on other nations (and I apologize if that’s all changed.)
So, I went on to get my English credentials, for teaching English allowed me to veer into many areas—literature, grammar, writing. I loved that freedom.
But fluidity in English wouldn’t be enough for today’s employment market either (just ask any of the thousands of Bachelor and Master of Arts graduates who currently seek jobs.)
When my own kids went to college, I advised them to steer clear of Liberal Arts and to get a degree in a discipline where jobs would be offered (areas that still piqued their interest.)
If that advice were important then, it’s essential now.
Today, one must be artful in choice of area of concentration for that college degree, for two big reasons: College costs are so expensive (disallowing errors in choice as one “finds himself”); and the job market is highly-competitive, providing a narrow swath of employment to those with specialized skills. Computer-savvy folks rank high; they procure top benefits (see insert below.)
If I were starting out today, I’d meld whatever natural (and learned) talent I have in writing, with an acquired additional skill in computer code, for according to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, “Computer code is where it’s at.”
That’s right—code, that peculiar language of computer people…the teckies…the folks I now pay to come to my home and reconfigure my blogs. They “talk tech”…they know a specialized language that I can only assume mimics the shorthand of my era.
And I say, if one has skill in writing AND knowledge of the code that allows one ready entry into a computerized world, he’s made himself (or herself) indispensable.
After all, who wouldn’t want to spend his days “with the perks and casual vibe of working at a deep-pocketed tech company, where employees get free food, work barefoot and skateboard around the office”?
Check out the video and then plan. Even better, send this post to a young friend or an older ‘other’ who is wisely training himself for this new world where computers rule. I’m even considering buffing up my resume and taking courses for my own benefit, and I’m 67!
If you do, you’ll have the keys to the new kingdom, in your pocket, and despite CEO Marissa Mayer’s new plan for Yahoo, scuttling work-from-home job situations, I have to believe your new-found talent will get you high-paying jobs in a market that demands such skills where you’ll be able to specify your job conditions (working in pj’s –or specifying your hours–will be a possibility.)
**So, agree/disagree…If you’re a teckkie, please note your own experience in the current job market. If not, share how you believe tech training (especially in computer code) would have helped.
P.S. See the pic at top of my blog? That’s Hula girl from our recent trip to Hawaii. She now rides on the dashboard of our car, right alongside the GPS and the CD unit every respectable trucker has (see our www.grandpaandthetruck.com website)…She swished about on our entire 14 hr. journey from RI to NC…