February 21, 2018

This is Not Your Parents’ Job Market

Columnist Thomas Friedman of the New York Times gives advice to new college graduates that is reminiscent of what my parents told me 25 years ago- computers are the wave of the future.  And as Silicon Valley is thriving while most job markets are drying up, Friedman reminds us to remember the entrepreneurial spirit our forefathers had- it’s the only way today to get ahead. Read the article 


  1. Thomas Friedman’s well made points in “The Start-Up of You” can leave a parent nervous, even panicked. “How can I prepare my child for the future? Should I get a second mortgage to pay for private school?” “My kid’s not a natural entrepreneur. How will he cope?” “She doesn’t handle change well. How will she find stability?” How can we parents stay calm in the moment, see a future of uncertainty, and give the best guidance to each of our unique children?
    While there are probably as many answers as there are families, this one worked (so far) for ours.

    We told our kids to stick to using their God-given talents; that long-term peace of mind lie, for the most part, in equipping and educating themselves to do what they enjoyed. We knew plenty of people that followed the almighty dollar down a path that lead to anti-depressants and loads of anxiety.
    When I compare our approach to Thomas Friedman’s points, I’m hopeful we’re on the right track.

    “And while many of them are hiring, they are increasingly picky…They are all looking for the same kind of people…but also people who can invent, adapt and reinvent their jobs every day…”
    – Inventing, adapting and reinventing are hallmarks of people who are happy with their jobs. Those that do jobs they don’t enjoy don’t have anything else to give.

    “Can this person add value…more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets?”
    – I think what this company is really looking for are people who care about their jobs and contribute to its success. The companies described by Friedman can’t survive if employees are merely collecting paychecks, and the companies know it. It needs people to add value so it can sustain itself and then move into bigger arenas. Employees that enjoy the work they do is truly foundational. The last point about employees needing to adapt so a company can adapt is most likely when the employee-company bond is strong. And this bond is strongest when people enjoy their jobs.

    “Reid Garrett Hoffman…“The Start-Up of You,” co-authored with Ben Casnocha. “The old paradigm of climb up a stable career ladder is dead and gone,” he said to me. “No career is a sure thing anymore.. Therefore you should approach career strategy the same way an entrepreneur approaches starting a business.”
    – Being an entrepreneur is synonymous, for the most part, with enjoying what they’re doing, isn’t it?

    “To begin with, Hoffman says, that means ditching a grand life plan. Entrepreneurs don’t write a 100-page business plan and execute it one time;…investing in yourself to build skills that will allow you to take advantage of those opportunities.”
    – Guiding our kids to acquire the education and skills in line with what interests them is the highest standard of investing in themselves. It involves self-knowledge that translates into having a business plan that is strong enough for them to be adaptable. It sets them up during their long careers, we believe, to take advantage of opportunities. This paradigm doesn’t mean they’ll never have worries or adjustments to make; but we think it’s their best chance.

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