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Did You Know?

Did you know that the “top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.” Neither did and I can’t verify the fact because I don’t know what list served as the basis for the statement by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Jeff Bronman in their video “Did You Know” that swept YouTube last fall.

But the video about the rapid pace of technology, innovation and population trends is a lesson in career development – primarily that the pace of change is so rapid that you can never keep up, but you better try or you’re out of the game.

Among the data points in the piece, Fisch, McLeod and Bronman claim that “The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years. For students starting a technical degree that means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.”

What does that mean for someone whose now out of school or 20 years out of school? If a student’s knowledge base is outdated the moment the walk at commencement, one working in the skills of the moment should take heed to do what they can to keep their education current however they can – certifications, coursework, additional degrees, even just reading and studying the latest systems, processes and styles.

And don’t neglect your job search. Make certain your knowledge base doesn’t just live in your head. It must be represented on your resume, in your Web presence, in your networking and in your interviews.

A few additional career-related takeaways from the piece:

  • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet using technologies that haven’t been invented yet in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.
  • 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year. 1 in 2 has been there less than five years.
  • The 25 percent of India’s population with the highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the United States. Translation: India has more honors kids than America has kids.
  • China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
  • It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
  • It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0×10>19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years.
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