Peering At The Future

With children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in mind, peering at the future through the haze of the 2016 election, the 2017 Tax Reform and Jobs Act, and the assault thus far (as of December, 2017) on the institutions of our Republic, leaves me worried for said brood.

I’m worried about their “opportunities” as they age into stages of life that have been the typical norms for their forebearers; schooling, a career, starting their own family, housing, quality of existence,  medical/dental care, old-age safety nets, etc.

Basically, I’m worried about their opportunity or lack thereof, to prosper.

Current talk within society is “the cost of education” (student debt being astronomical), but a necessity for the prospect of being hired, versus “lack of jobs” due to globalization, robots, automation, artificial intelligence technologies, and just the shear imbalance of supply and demand; too many job seekers, too few jobs.

When one is aware that this is what the “out-of-the-starting-gate” race toward the follow-on life stages looks like, it seems an impossible race to want to be involved with. Why bother?

Why bother? Why not bother? Some will be successful and finish the race.

I’m beginning to see my role in Peering At The Future; its one of coaching, encourging, demanding, that my brood suit-up for this race, starting NOW, and to instill in them an attitude of “I’m in to be successful”.

A resource that can help assure adequate preparation for future jobs can be found by following the link below. This resource is available for my use AND FOR USE BY THOSE WHO MIGHT BE HELPING THE YOUNGSTERS, ESPECIALLY, AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR WALK THROUGH THE STAGES OF LIFE.

“These countries are best at preparing kids for the jobs of the future | World Economic Forum”:  Following this link should reveal a raft of additional resources.

Alternatively,  is Universal Basic Income the option for those not successfully marching through the life stages as they age? See a Kialo app discussion of Universal Basic Income here

Then there’s this:

Washington Post

It’s a story about pensions disappearing from the working world.
 Clint Watts
‏Verified account
1h1 hour ago  [2018-01-08]
Read 1st fiction book in years @Shteyngart “Super Sad True Love Story” highly recommend, amazing prediction from 2010 for our world now, if u have kids, essential for asking “is this what we want the world to become?” because it’s already happening
             [emphasis added by me]

The 5 skills you need on your CV by 2020 to get a high-paying job

Posted 2 days ago [2018-01-08] by Louis Doré in discover

An amazing statistic was published in the World Economic Forum’s future of jobs report in 2016.

Brace yourselves:

Current technological trends are bringing about an unprecedented rate of change in the core curriculum content of many academic fields, with nearly 50 per cent of subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree outdated by the time students graduate, according to one popular estimate.

Our world moves as quickly as technology does. It feels like robots and AI are coming for every job. And that’s because, in a way, they are.

A popular research paper from Oxford University found that automation threatens a range of professions, not just everyday work, and also found that there are an estimated 47 per cent of jobs at risk in the United States.

So how do you make your CV future-proof?

[Curriculum Vitae (CV)]

Tough question – you probably can’t, and the best advice is to adapt with the times.

The WEF report read:

Beyond hard skills and formal qualifications, employers are often equally concerned about the work-related practical skills or competences that current employees (or prospective new hires) are able to use in order to perform various job tasks successfully.

In short – cross-functional skills are in.
A chart describing what skills jobs most often feature was included in the report:

Among the most important were:

Critical thinking – employing a mix of logic and reason will become more important as automation increases as we need to manage the drones ethically – as well as the societal transitions that the process encourages. Employers want good evaluators who can see benefit and maximize it.

Complex problem solving – 36 per cent of all jobs across industries will require this as a core skill by 2020. You will need to be able to think laterally while resolving a situation.

Creativity – In 2015 it was 10th on the list, now it’s in the top three. New tech is fantastic but creativity is needed to explore new uses for new tech, to create appetites in marketplaces and to inspire people. It’ll never go out of style.

Emotional intelligence – there will still be jobs for people and those people will need managing. Managers need emotional intelligence to read a professional and respond to their needs. In addition, user experience creation needs this intuition. Robots can’t understand feelings (yet) so this will be important in years to come.

Team skills – Being able to collaborate with a team will become more important. Robots will increasingly do insular, procedural work which should free people up to do what they’re best at – be creative and work as a team to realize ideas. Being a team player presently separates you from an AI.

More: If you want to get a job, remove these skills from your CV



Meet your future workforce



Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust

MARCH 13, 2018



Per the Pew Research Center, here are the various generational designations. Where are you? Where are your children? Where are your grandchildren?


+Those born 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,… – “iGeneration” or “Digital Natives,” (cultural litigation over their generational designation may take years to definitively settle)

+Millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996

+Gen X as those born between 1965 and 1980

+Baby Boom generation as those born between 1946 and 1965

+Silent Generation as those born between 1928 and 1945


Video [circa 1Q2018] : The Baby Boomers say Bye-Bye – 6 Ways Millennials Are Changing America!

Baby Boomers — the generation born between 1946 and 1964/65 — have dominated politics and the economy for years, but that’s about to change. With millennials now the largest voting block in America, Robert Reich looks at 6 ways young people will shape our country’s future.


In the next two decades, nearly 50% of American white-collar jobs will be at risk. Learn to embrace change today.

posted 2018-04-04

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

Some big ideas are starting to percolate. But less dramatic ones might work, too.

By Neil Irwin
June 12, 2018



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