Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 31, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #5

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #5

What should an individual returning to the workforce study first?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

When retraining for the near-future technology economy, individuals should begin by refreshing and updating their basics–mathematics, reading, writing, speaking clearly, and computer programming. Remember, any job that can be done by artificial intelligence (AI), robots, or androids will be. Jobs for humans will all include technical skills, creativity, and emotion-interaction skills. Here’s a suggested starter list.

  • Read the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style  –  grammar
  • Read classic novels by master authors such as Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, or Agatha Christie  –  reading
  • Watch 1930s to 1950s movies based on classic novels by master authors (such as those above)  –  speaking
  • Read and work exercises in used Shaum’s Outlines or For Dummies books on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (add the calculus and statistics for scientists and engineers)  –  mathematics
  • Read and work exercises in used Shaum’s Outlines or For Dummies books on beginner programming  –  computer programming.

It will take months to refresh and update the basics. During that time, individuals should prepare for the next step in retraining by reading about emerging technologies (drones, robots and androids, AI, 3-D printing, targeted drug delivery, and all things nanotechnology, etc.) to get a feel for what sort of near-future jobs would be of interest.

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