Since my last blog post I have been totally absorbed with working with interns and our other full time staff. We have been working hard to complete Next Acropolis 1.0 (and oh, the pains we have been through).
The world, meanwhile has not stopped turning, and the economy has not stopped sucking. Sorry if that sounds unacademic — but it’s true. Stories like this one continue getting written, describing the continuous season of discontent for recent college graduates. Colleges are full of students struggling to utilize their degrees upon matriculation.
This story must concern young people trying to locate a field with long-term prospects. They find growing positions at the Census department, nurses and the military. It is so damn hard for students to get any insight whatsoever, into where the jobs are. And I am sure that each time an article like the above appears in business journals, parents forward the article to their despondent offspring.
To all the people I have met on this journey, I want to say we are still hard at work building the Next Acropolis. Each day we perfect the system we believe will transform the labor economy for educated people, and learn how we can expand our technology to our entire society. We have ventured through our own seasons of discontent working hard to craft a system adequate to our needs, which is a lofty one.
Our firm seeks nothing less than to equip the world with the tools to reconstitute a society dealt a major blow; of the 8 million jobs lost in the USA alone recently, many will not return. Industries are recreating themselves to survive this long winter ahead, and looking to do more with less talent. Despite the president’s efforts to stimulate job growth, his results will not be quickly forthcoming. Everyone knows this — after a year and half of difficult economic news, we know we’ve entered into an era of thrift, characterized by disparity.
Part of this climate is the continuing need for education, training and intellectual growth. The age-old challenge remains: how will the employer connect with the public, training to enter his or her industry, cultivate a talent pool, and shape future professionals in their industry? Talent is the lifeblood of every industry, and so long as people enter school and specialize in majors, the industries will have the choice — ignore them until they come begging for work, or dip into their student ranks and affect what they learn.
Take this example: A firm developing solr panels knows its business model has future growth potential, and foresees a boom sometime in the next decade. They have access to students nearing graduation, but know that this is an unrealistic time to locate talent. They yearn for the ability to talk to students interested in their key competencies — physics, materials and electrical engineering, computer science and chemistry — and make a very significant impression on them. The CEO knows that if she cannot staff a sufficient staff of engineers in two years, she won’t keep pace with the demand for innovation and product delivery — and thereby spell the death-knell of her company. She uses an interface now that helps her network with concentrators in disciplines she depends on, and plants the seeds of future prosperity. She meets with students across the country in video conference meetings throughout their education, turning them on to the many opportunities in her industry. She provides video conferences to students at leading schools to show them her vibrant personality and hopeful demeanor. She attracts students in record numbers by cultivating their interest personally. Meanwhile, the students feel a sense of being valued by her company, make plans to move to her town and be a part of her revolution.
Every day we tie up shoes and go into our labs working to make this transformation of labor possible – helping people to locate true meaning in their education by locating the firms with the greatest relevance to their personal interests. The Next Acropolis is coming — this blog serves to let our public know that our completion is close at-hand, and that change, indeed is on the way.