Thursday, September 09, 2010

Pursuing Job Security

Scott Adams, the cartoonist of Dilbert, has a few thoughts on skills that can help make you more marketable as an employee (Dilbert):

I think technical people, and engineers in particular, will always have good job prospects. But what if you don't have the aptitude or personality to follow a technical path? How do you prepare for the future?

I'd like to see a college major focusing on the various skills of human persuasion. That's the sort of skillset that the marketplace will always value and the Internet is unlikely to replace.
Not sure if I agree about all his specific ideas but I think the basic premise is a sound one - taken one step further, it's businesses that maximize the potential of its people who are most sustainable. And it's difficult to do that without managers and staff who have those skill sets. Read the whole thing.

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