A Cornucopia of Current Events and Workforce Topics

This is one of my favorite pictures from my trip to NYC.
This is one of my favorite pictures from my trip to NYC.

The last few weeks were amazing.

I went to New York City to visit family and friends with my sister, a great friend visited from out of town the following weekend, and then this weekend I pulled off my best training run yet en-route to a scheduled half marathon on December 7th!

It’s been a fun ride. In fact, it’s been so much fun I took a healthy break from blogging and thinking about all the things I typically like to write about!

So here’s a rundown of a few of the topics I probably should have written about the last few weeks…

Ebola – It scares me, even though everyone says that we have nothing to be afraid of.  On one hand I’m glad the topic has suddenly lost favor in the 24 hours news cycle (so I don’t stress about it as much) but I’m also concerned that we’re not paying attention to the incredible amount of suffering that is STILL HAPPENING in western Africa.

Elections – Our elections are getting uglier with each cycle. More and more candidates seem interested in partisan bickering than healthy compromise like the rest of us have to work with in the real world. Either way, go vote! Even if you live in an area where it’s suddenly difficult to do vote, don’t sit this one out! Your candidate may lose, but the margin of victory often helps chart the course for their term!

Commercial Space Flight – This was a terrible week for commercial space programs. Two accidents this last week served as a brutal reminder that going to space is still REALLY hard. The accidents this week resulted in the death of one pilot and the severe injury of another.  It may not have been enough to scare away some future travelers, but it certainly made me think about the human cost of space exploration and the people willing to risk their lives on an “idea”.

Free Agency Workforce – I had an interesting lunch conversation with some folks at work about the nature of the rising “free agent” workforce. As I ate lemon chicken, an egg roll and egg drop soup I explained that contract employment and temporary employment are becoming a larger and larger part of the workforce, and that soon no one will stick around more than a handful of years. How did this come up? Better yet, why am I telling you about this? Because this article says that if you stay in your current role for more than 2 years you will earn 50% less over the course of your career. Let that sink in for a bit on a personal level, and then think about what it will take to manage the kind of workforce that is in perpetual job search mode (if you’re not dealing with it already).

Meh. It only matters until the robots take our place anyway.

Have a great Monday!

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