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How Student Debt Must Affect Career Choices

GREG MCBRIDE Nov 11, 2013 WSJ Blog GREG MCBRIDE: The decision about picking a major is an individual one, and I’ll steer clear of that. However, I do think that potential salary should factor into how much student debt is accumulated. After all, it’s that potential salary that will be needed to pay back the […]

How Future-Proof Is Your Job?

ERIC RAVENSCRAFT Lifehacker July 16 2013 When planning your career, it can be nearly impossible to know if your job will be safe in fifty years. It’s still worth asking, though: just how future-proof is the work you do? Technology has caused a dramatic shift in how work is accomplished. Assembly lines utilize more and […]

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Published on Jun 20, 2013 Andrew McAfee TED Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQrbxD9_Ng&feature=youtube_gdata  

The Jobs of the Knowledge Economy Are Not What You Think

by BIG THINK EDITORS JUNE 20, 2013, 12:00 AM The knowledge economy is about producing ideas, not goods, the story goes. And manufacturing, the kind of work that involves producing physical goods, does not involve knowledge. This is a false dichotomy, says Harvard Business School professor Willy Shih. We have a misconception that making things […]

Sympathy for the Luddites

By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: June 13, 2013 NYTimes In 1786, the cloth workers of Leeds, a wool-industry center in northern England, issued a protest against the growing use of “scribbling” machines, which were taking over a task formerly performed by skilled labor. “How are those men, thus thrown out of employ to provide for their […]

Technology Increasingly Equalizes Education and Career Prospects

John T. Delaney Huff Post June 12 2013 Competition used to be about who had the most of something — the most money, the biggest army, the most academic degrees. But, as technology has become a bigger part of our world and everything we do, it’s more about not what we have — or how […]

Your student loan isn’t really a loan

BY DAVID DAYEN WEDNESDAY, JUN 5, 2013 07:45 AM EDT Salom It’s becoming an annual ritual. Every June, Congress debates what to do about the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans, to avert what this year will be the imminent doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. But interest rates alone don’t tell the […]

How to Get a Job

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: May 28, 2013 NYTimes Underneath the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to 9 percent during the recession, there’s been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America. Anyone who’s been looking for a job knows what I mean. It is best summed up by the mantra […]

Obamacare’s Other Surprise

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: May 25, 2013 NYTimes LISTENING to the debate about President Obama’s health care plan, some critics argue that Obamacare is going to need Obamacare — because it’s going to be a “train wreck.” Obama officials insist they’re wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see whether the Affordable Care Act, […]

In This “Great Reset,” What Jobs Will Remain?

by KECIA LYNN MAY 21, 2013, 1:30 PM BigThink With automation invading business sectors in ways that were once restricted to science fiction novels, experts are speculating on what the employment picture could look like for mere humans. For example, while driverless transportation in general would be safer and more efficient, futurologist Thomas Frey warns […]