Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Richard Riley: “The Top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 may not have existed in 2004″

Friday, October 24th, 2008
xo keyboardMany thanks to Jeremiah Owyang for pointing this one out on twitter. View the video: Did You Know? Although opinions waver over which jobs are the most in-demand today, Richard Riley's prediction that the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 may not have existed in 2004 is absolutely relevant to the marketing industry. When I started college in the fall of 2003, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Yelp and Twitter didn't exist yet. MySpace and Wordpress were brand new. Students entering college today may very well be studying for jobs that won't exist for a few years, and at the same time, agencies that fail to implement continued education for their employees may very well become irrelevant. Photo Source: robertogreco

Is Technology Erroding Our Savings?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
Monopoly Game How many of your current bills go toward technology that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago? Taking a look at my personal budget, 7.5% of my total monthly spending goes toward basic cable, internet and cell phone bills—all of which have only recently become staples in our lives. If that doesn't mean much to you, consider this fact—if I were to take the money that I spend each month on these "new" technology bills and start putting it into my savings account at just 3% interest, I would total over $41,000 in additional savings after 30 years. And this doesn't even include all of the latest techno-gadgets that I spend my money on. To calculate your own spending, check out the Compound Interest Calculator. Just something to think about. Photo Source: DavidDMuir

Think of Your First Career as Another Form of Grad School

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Maybe grad school wasn't for you, at least not just yet. The thought of buying more text books, forking over tens of thousands of dollars and putting yourself further into debt just didn't seem appealing. So it's off to career-land for you. That doesn't mean you have to stop learning. In fact, I think some of the best advice I ever received came from a friend working in advertising who said, "If you want to be successful, you just have to look at your first career as another form of school. Be ready to learn at work - because believe me, you have a lot to learn - and then take the initiative to go home and learn some more." With new technologies emerging every day, communications professionals have their work cut out for them if they want to keep up. Every morning, I do a few of the following things to keep up with the latest marketing and technology news of the day (It helps that I commute by train, so I don't have to concentrate on driving):
  • - Watch the morning news for the latest stories as I get ready for work
  • - Sync up my iPod with a number of podcasts I have subscribed to - this makes for good listening while I'm walking or stuck standing on the train
  • - Browse my feeds with the mobile Google Reader app on my blackberry
  • - Glance through my mobile twitter app, where I can usually find a number of valuable news updates and links called out by my friends in the marketing community
  • - Scan a few daily e-mail marketing and advertising newsletters in my mobile e-mail inbox
  • - Look through a few consumer e-mail newsletters that I have opted into so I can stay aware of what some of my clients' competitors are up to in the online space.
  • - I also keep a running list of marketing book recommendations
So in the business of communications, graduating doesn't put an end to studying. A glance into some of the feeds in my Google Reader: