Do politicians have the “ear to the ground, I can hear the train coming” skills to spot trends?

Job opportunities over the next two decades are projected to require highly specialized skills including, as I mentioned in a post yesterday, quantitative skills, a lack of which may have some people holding permanent pink slips. Some 3.5 million jobs today are going unfilled.

This move toward a ‪#‎knowledgeeconomy‬ has been occurring for at least two decades yet rhetoric from our national and state capitals would lead us to believe that the advent of the knowledge economy and its skill requirements is an event that just occurred last week.

Is this failure to identify the trend due to parents not having an appreciation for technology and the economy? Could it be a result of school systems not being equipped or not having an interest in identifying these trends? Are our politicians equipped with the “ear to the ground, I can hear the train coming” skills necessary to get in front of these issues and lead?

…. thoughts?

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Do politicians have the “ear to the ground, I can hear the train coming” skills to spot trends?

  1. kenski2013 says:

    In my opinion:

    None of the above, it’s worse than that. In the US, we don’t have any systematic way to help students match their talents with relevant education and careers that match business needs, unlike countries such as Germany, where government, industry, and universities work together in this regard. This not to say that such a system would be perfect, but it might be helpful to many. Any kind of career counseling would be better than what we have now, which is essentially nothing/

    Of course, we believe in freedom, and that everyone should choose his or her career path/job. The screening/”career counseling” done in countries like Germany might seem oppressive to some.

    Business needs for “knowledge workers” have evolved quickly, and the actual day-to-day needs have changed extensively over time, making efforts to align people, education/training, and jobs extremely challenging. In fact, advanced education/training is necessary and helpful, but not necessarily sufficient to solve this problem. Some days, working people have to find solutions to problems for which they have no education/training.

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