The economic effects of automation aren’t what you think they are – Single Lunch

The economic effects of automation aren’t what you think they are – Single Lunch:

“A job is made from of a bundle of tasks. For example, O*NET defines the job of post-secondary architecture teacher as including 21 tasks like advising students, preparing course materials and conducting original research.”

*Lots of interesting content. 

Education and Men without Work | National Affairs

Education and Men without Work | National Affairs:

“According to the latest monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘work rates’ for American men in October 2019 stood very close to their 1939 levels, as reported in the 1940 U.S. Census. Despite some improvement since the end of the Great Recession, Great Depression-style work rates are still characteristic today for the American male, both for those of ‘prime working age’ (defined as ages 25 to 54) and for the broader 20 to 64 group.”

*Interesting and worthwhile read.

A Bit of College Can Be Worse Than None at All – WSJ

A Bit of College Can Be Worse Than None at All – WSJ:

“There has been little or no difference in wages among 20- to 24-year-olds who graduated high school and those who completed some college but aren’t enrolled anymore.”

*On the plus side.

College dropouts have a lower unemployment rate than those with no college credits—12.1% versus 15.5%, respectively, for 20- to 29-year-olds

*The credential is the thing that confers that the skills and talents the holder has, can create value in the world. Credentialism opens up opportunities for new skill building systems. Online education that costs less, is faster and more effective and has a credential attached may become the wave of the future.

*Credentialism is not quite the word I am looking for as it seems to mean that employers falsely use it as an unnecessary requirement for a job. The word I am looking for is related to having a certificate that shows you have certain skills and abilities. Computer software certification would be a good example. If one can master software one can create a multiple of value for an organization. Computer skills can be acquired rapidly and measurably via online training courses. is an example worth checking out. There is a way to put the certificates from Lynda on your LinkedIn profile. That is the kind of signal that might attract employers to you even if you don’t have a degree from a college or university.