Things will get better any day now

Once again, The Onion delivers….

From the article Man Just Waiting Tables Until Fundamental Structure Of U.S. Economy Changes come these truthbombs cloaked as satire:
 

“I’m not going to be a waiter forever, just until the nation’s job market becomes less reliant on service-sector positions, and a robust, knowledge-based economy can be built from the ground up and given time to flourish, generating more promising career paths that ensure long-term financial stability for members of the workforce like me,” Goldinger said as he scoured several job-listing websites for signs of an unprecedented transformation in the country’s economic foundations. “I’ve been working at Whitecap for about a year now, but once America goes through some massive fiscal changes and retools itself to an extent unseen since the Second World War, I’m sure I’ll have some better options.”

Good luck with that…
 

Goldinger explained that he is comfortable working at the restaurant for the time being, as his wages and tips are just enough to pay his bills and cover his share of the rent on the small apartment he shares with two friends while he awaits groundbreaking changes in the labor policies of developing countries, such as onsite safety measures, minimum wage laws, and overtime policies that, if instituted and expanded over the course of years, might eventually make it cost-effective for American companies to move jobs back home, thus allowing him to find a more secure, salaried position.

Massive systemic changes to basically roll back the clock on the march of technological progress, innovation, and globalization? Yeah right…
 

“Waiting tables is just a temporary thing for me, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time before the exponential gains in productivity from increased automation stop creating redundancies in the labor force and the job offers start rolling in,” said Goldinger, who has on numerous occasions texted his friends to ask if they had heard of any game-changing disruptions to the economic status quo capable of reinventing the role workers like him will play in American life for generations to come.

I know this is satire, but it’s based on some real truths.

As I’ve said before, if what you do for clients can be even crudely replaced with an algorithm, code library, or set of easily-implemented best practices, your livelihood is at risk. Maybe not tomorrow, but in your lifetime. Not at risk from overnight disruption, but from gradual erosion in terms of price and demand.

The solution is simple. Move from pure implementation-based deliverables that reflect widely known best practices to ones at least partially based on unique experience, insight, or judgement.

This is not an overnight change, I know. But it’s one that makes you less vulnerable to the forces that commoditize and reduce the value of your current skills.


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