As you know, the world is changing quickly. And, one of the things that needs to change is the way we learn. Many people go to school and assume that traditional school is the only way to learn. I have written in the past about the shortcomings of a traditional education.
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Today’s post is about new and better ways to learn. I have been doing that programming stuff for a long time, and it is interesting to see how changes in technology make it easier to learn. eBooks and online videos are a great complement to the old printed book.
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Unfortunately for the American people, the U.S. national debt is approaching $14 trillion, and growing at a record pace. In fact, this works out to about $45,000 per citizen. This is far greater than the average savings of each citizen!
Are we bankrupt yet?
After ignoring the problem for decades, the media has finally begun to publicize the problem. And, the congress is actually considering doing something about fixing it. People say that democracy moves slowly, but if they take action within the next two years that would be great.
How are we ever going to get out of this debt?
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For those without jobs and those in positions they can’t stand, the Investor’s Business Daily had some good news… Finally.
According to the Labor Department, the U.S. economy has started to add jobs.
A senior analyst from Barclays, Michelle Meyer, concurs with the assessment.
“Before summer, the recovery should lose its jobless label. By the end of the year, the recovery will feel like a recovery not just to economists but on Main Street too,” she said.
Economists expect the job market will be adding 200,000 jobs a month by year-end.
That’s all great news. But it doesn’t mean anything if we haven’t learned from this.
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My friend wants to work from home.
With high-speed internet, Skype, and a global economy, the possibility is there. But, after nearly a few thousands dollars in tools, tapes, training, and a long list of fake jobs, she still works a 9 to 5.
Are there legitimate work-from-home jobs out there?
Actually, there are legitimate organizations that offer work-from-home opportunities. The trick is to screen the job announcements for real work-from-home jobs.
Here are a few ways you can tell if a work-from-home offer is legitimate:
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Last night I was watching the news (a terrible habit I need to get rid of!) and there was another story about how bad the economy is and how hard it is to find a job. I always have the same reaction when people say they are looking for a job. It makes me wonder, “Who wants a job?”
Having a job for decades and retiring on a pension was a system that ended in the 1980′s. Since then, the economy has changed so rapidly that working in the same job for 20 years is nearly impossible. Besides that, the financial mismanagement of companies and the government has made pensions and social security unreliable.
So what’s the solution?
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In perhaps the biggest no-kidding study of this young century, a recent study indicates that job satisfaction is at an all time low.
Can we just say, no kidding?
Job satisfaction is down. Scratch that. It’s not down. It’s plummeting, according to The Conference Board.
The Conference Board’s survey polled 5,000 households, and found that only 45% were satisfied in their jobs. That’s down from 61.1% in 1987, the first year the survey was conducted.
A total of 61 percent of the workforce is looking for a way out!
But it gets worse. Workers younger than 25 were the most unhappy in their jobs. These are our future. They’re saying they don’t have one.
And I say it’s all good news.
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The Fed’s Beige Book business survey, which reported that the economy is improving “modestly” the last few weeks. (You can read a report on the Beige Book at Forbes.)
The survey looks at economic condition in 12 markets. A total of eight of those markets are starting to show signs of increased economic activity.
That’s a little silver lining. The report also indicates that hiring remains weak and may not reach past levels in six to eight years.
That’s right: six to eight YEARS.
“But wait,” I hear you say, “I thought you said there was a silver lining. People losing their jobs and struggling to find work isn’t good news.”
You’re right. It’s not good news. At all. But, bear with me, because there is positive news in this trend.
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The unemployment rate is considered a lagging indicator. In other words, once the economy revs up, it takes awhile for the unemployment rate to change.
Since the process of determining company employment levels, reviewing applications, interviewing, and hiring people can take weeks, if not months, the unemployment rate lags the rest of the economic indicators.
In our current economic climate, we’re seeing economic indicators that indicate a recovery is on the way. The market has adjusted. Earnings are improving. When this happened in other economic periods, the unemployment rate slowly dropped.
But this economy isn’t like other ones.
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A few days ago, I found this interesting article on the Fast Company site about hard work. Most people think that if we work hard, then our success is guaranteed. I wonder if the idea that hard work leads to success is only half the story.
The stratospheric rise of Japan, Korea, China and other Asian countries in the last 50 years is definitely largely due to hard work. Asian students dominate many of the most competitive universities in America. All other things being equal, consistent dedication to any task will create an advantage and results.
However, there is another side to the argument. Yes, it’s true that if we work hard we will make progress. But there is an important question we need to ask.
What are we working hard to achieve? What is the goal?
Job prospects look bleak.
Just how bleak? Check out The Great Recession Transforms Workplace, Work Force. It’s one of those methodical stories the mainstream media loves to release that makes you feel like your in a car crash and everything is moving in slow motion.
But, to speed it up: people aren’t retiring and young people aren’t finding jobs. The jobs that they do find tend to be part-time.
As the writer puts it:
“The work force is graying as college graduates can’t find jobs, young workers get laid off and older workers delay retirement. People in white-collar jobs are feeling increasingly vulnerable to economic downturns, an insecurity that blue-collar workers have known for years.”
What this means: Job Insecurity.
What the article–and so many doom and gloom tales in the media today–are short on are solutions. I think there are some.
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