Jobs of the Future: Style for Hire
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  • Brett

    That’s the reason why I think potential unemployment issues will ultimately resolve themselves. A combination of new Service Sector jobs plus a shrinking labor force (and labor-to-retiree ratio) is going to create a lot of demand for labor and robots.

  • These people could use some style advice but I think the whole point is they can’t afford it. That’s what renders this whole “boutique capitalism” meme of Mead’s slightly ridiculous: it’s the average majority, not the talented tenth, who are being left up the creek without a paddle.

  • Paul Z

    My nephew is a good example for this post, and some of your other posts. He wasn’t a successful student but he is bright and has imagination. Once he finally broke free from our constraining educational system, something he could never master, he became successful in a corporate job, has entered local politics, and he and his wife have a venture in fashion as personal stylists. The contrast between ages 16-22 and 23-27 is nothing but amazing. BTW, all this success is taking place in Detroit!

    Luke: I’m assuming you don’t consider yourself part of the “average majority.” Just who are you referring too? Seems a bit arrogant and unimaginative to assume our old and out-dated measures for talent and intelligence will hold true in the future.

  • gooch mango

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

    The chief complaint about the “the shape of things to come” is the fear that those of us outside the top 20% are going to find our options limited to servicing the top 20%… and you offer up THIS as comfort?

    There are those of us who enjoy working in personal services… and if you do, hey, more power to you. Those of us who are not already doing that, however, are not doing that for a simple reason… we don’t want to. At all.

    So to avoid future clunkers like this one, I offer up a short list of Job Traits We Consider Dismal:

    We do not want to…
    … work extensively with the public. The public is annoying.
    … provide hands-on services to other people. We don’t want to touch you.
    … sell anything. Especially ourselves or our labor on a never-ending treadmill of short-term contract employment.

  • Petar

    Why should we create more and more jobs with declining marginal utility to the point where it is actually much lower than the marginal utility of the leisure time that we lose because we are working?

    You are suggesting that we should create employment simply because distributing wealth via other means should not be done – but then again, this is stupid. A far better option will be to institute guaranteed minimum income that covers basic housing, food, medical care and some leisure and leave everything else to people.

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