How many Millennials do you know who are uncertain of their future? How many of them have any type of blueprint to success? How many of them have more than a part-time job? (Some have two, just to make more money, but many are still looking for a full-time, benefits-paying job.)
With so many changes and challenges in society today, old rules-of-thumb cannot be applied to develop careers or determine a direction to take with developing skill sets and seeking jobs. The same career advice cannot be regurgitated year-after-year because it is just not applicable anymore.
FRAMEWORKS FOR THE FUTURE
When I wrote my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, I wrote it to leave behind a legacy of broad-based knowledge and experience on high-tech issues covering next-generation real estate, infrastructure, and technology. These areas are converging and impacting regional Economic Development.
The book offers more than that. It offers some “frameworks for the future” discussing the ways of looking at things which can provide opportunities for people in the beginnings of their careers as well as those in the middle or end of their careers.
One of my friends who was reading the book, called me up to discuss what he thought about the book. He said, “I can’t believe how much stuff you have in this book.” He said this is a book that could easily become a classic.
His summary, “The book is a veritable Treasure Chest of Opportunities.”
I am humbled by his assessment and hope others get as much out of the book. I really would like to see Millennials pick up the book because they are the ones who seem disenfranchised with “traditional business cultures” in many organizations.
Those who already have a degree and are in debt from college loans must take a second look at what they can fit into and what will get them more than a minimum wage job. The promise “a college degree will unlock the doors to better opportunities” rings very hollow with many of them.
There are still opportunities out there, but the doors and locks have changed.
What worked before in positioning oneself for a good job doesn’t necessarily guarantee success today. You must have skills focused on Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology in order to be marketable in today’s economy. (FACT-based skills)
It’s all in the book. FACT-based education is much more critical than learning the Three R’s: The skill sets for Industrial Age jobs. The Three R’s? Rote, Repetition and Routine which add up to Regimentation.
The Three R’s may have been excellent skills for Industrial Age jobs, but they are not going to get you far in today’s and tomorrow’s challenging jobs where nothing is routine and there is no such thing as “a routine day.”
Public school systems are not teaching for today’s jobs and there is a disconnect when people graduate. If they go on to college, there is no guarantee those FACT-based skills will be part of their curriculum.
SPEND $40 BEFORE SPENDING $40,000
Before deciding to get into a college curriculum that is probably 20 years old and will cost about $40,000 for the first year, buy the book for $40 and get a better picture of where things are going and where the opportunities of the future will be.
You may not need a degree. If you do, choose wisely. It is not about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as much as it is about FACT (Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology) skills.
Remember, 21h century challenges may not be solved by 20th century solutions.
CARLINI-ISM : College degrees are not the universal solution anymore to obtaining a good career in the 21st century.
Carlini’s visionary book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available at AMAZON and Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)
B&N — http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/location-location-connectivity-james-carlini/1120585793
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