The Times, They Are a-Changing
I'm moving and part of the process requires packing. I will confess that this is my 27th move in less than 50 years.
OH – that just reminded me – in fifth grade I had to write a research paper on Nomads and our encyclopedia didn't have a reference to nomads and so my Dad bought our family the Encyclopedic Britannica – a huge investment for one research paper. And now, all these years later, if you were to look at the nomad reference, would my picture be there?
The last 8 moves I have made were company directed and so professionals packed my belongings. If you've ever had professionals pack your stuff, you know that they pack EVERYTHING including any trash you might have left in a trash can.
This time, I'm going through and donating and purging stuff I don't need and last night came across an early resume of mine. I was blown away by the information you had to put on resumes in those days:
Number of dependents
Can you imagine a resume today that provided such information? My eyes traveled down the page to the list of "machine experience."
â€¢ Cash register
â€¢ Copy machine
â€¢ Adding machine
â€¢ System Seven computer
â€¢ Sizecore phone tester (I did phone repair for the phone company)
â€¢ Teletype model 40 computer
This is a resume from 25 years ago. Imagine the changes 25 years from now.
What will the resumes of 2032 look like? We already have tiny, handheld phones on the market that will do as much if not more as most PCs. What technology will we need to be proficient with? I listen to people today who are still resisting computers. Bob Bly has written a few posts on the subject of late and the comments are varied; from total technology dependence to technology resistance.
I suppose I could fall back on the thought that I won't be around in 25 years so why bother learning now? But no – I want to keep learning and changing.
Is there anything else in our life that has changed as dramatically in the past 25 years as technology? I mean, look around, we are wearing the same fashions (bigger size) as we wore back then, we are listening to the same music.
What else has changed and are you changing with it or resisting? Check out this article on 10 inventions we may see become a reality in 25 years.