2019: The Year of the Learner

I just read an interesting blog called the “Future of Learning” off the Medium blog site by Niklas Göke.

The point of his essay is that learning itself is a skill and the person who can learn how to learn will be “exactly the person an unpredictable world needs.”

He and Emilie Wapnick both suggest that if you can learn to learn across multiple domains, you can then specialize faster when you choose to do so or remain a generalist, standing out against the world of specialists.  So what do they advise?

Don’t change if you are a generalist, don’t narrow your focus to get ahead in your career.

Challenge yourself to grasp concepts of broad variety, like microbiology, auto repair, knitting, and aerospace.

Learn the difference between what is important and what is unimportant and combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world. (Yuval Noah Harari)

What will the skill of learning get you? Well, if the knowledge you learn in a university education only lasts 5 years and companies rise and fall all around us very quickly, learning to learn will help you become what Emilie Wapnick calls a “Multipotentialite.” These are people who can synthesize ideas, innovate, rapidly learn, stay flexible, stand out from the specialists, and be adaptable.

In an unpredictable world with many complex problems and to much information, being a person who can be receptive to multiple perspectives and hold them in your head all at once, keep an open mind, one that allows new information in and allows the picture of reality to evolve and become coherent will be very valuable in the future.

So in 2019, Let’s all vow to be learners. Keep an open mind, build a real picture in your mind, and invest in it.

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A Job: Still A Good Investment

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers projections that can help you choose where to focus your education and experience if you are looking for a job during the decade 2016 to 2026. Although fast growing, the two top growing careers on the list (Solar photovoltaic installers &

Wind turbine service technicians) are pretty specialized, so there are not a lot of people in these jobs. However, according to the Bureau of Labor, the number of jobs in the areas of solar and wind power will double by 2016 demonstrating the increased interest in alternative energy.

Five of the top ten fastest growing careers are in health care. This make sense because our population in the US is growing older. As the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) grows older, they will not only leave the work force, but require more health-related services. Some of the careers that projected to grow by 2016 include

Home health aides

Personal care aides

Physicians assistants

Nurse practitioners

Physical Therapist assistants

The other two careers that are fast growing are related to the needs of the science, technology, engineering, and math community are include


Software developers, applications


What does all this data mean to you? Well if you are looking for a job, Houston is a good place to look and if you are looking for a particular type of job your outlook for finding a job is good if you are looking in the top ten fastest growing occupations.

I read once in a book on money, that the best investment is “a good job.”



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New metropolitan area employment data for November 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:00 am (ET)

U.S. Department of Labor, 2018

Houston Adds 117,800 Jobs

Good News for Houston  –—  Jobs Up 3.9%

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land was one of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas showing an increase in the rate of job growth between October 2017 and October 2018.jobs report graphic

All 12 of the areas considered “largest metropolitan areas” had job growth during the last year with seven of the areas exceeding the national increase of 1.7%.

Good News for Dallas too  –—  Jobs Up 3.0%

Houston posted the largest gain of 3.9%, and along with Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (+3.7%), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+3.0%) had the fastest rates of job growth.

Other posting slower rates of job growth included Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (+0.9%), New York-Newark-Jersey City (+1.1%), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (+1.2%) had the slowest rates of job growth.

Houston added 117,800 jobs, followed by Dallas at 109,000. In the Houston area, professional and business services added the largest number of jobs, 30,600, between October 2017 and October 2018. Construction added 25,600 jobs over the last year, with 15,900 of those in the construction of buildings. Area employment in the construction sector climbed 11.6% compared to the 4.4% gain in the rest of the nation.

Manufacturing added 16,100 jobs in Houston over the last year, and trade, transportation, and utilities added 16,000 jobs during the same period.

New metropolitan area employment data for November 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:00 am (ET). Stay tuned for more good news from Texas.  U.S. Department of Labor, 2018



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