To tell you the truth, it was a bit scary when I started reading Class of 2013: You Can’t Make a Living Just by Solving Problems | LinkedIn, especially after my breakfast meeting with an unemployed acquaintance. This acquaintance has worked for firms such as Bain, Mercer, CSC Index and Accenture but can’t find a job now. His comments during our meeting were what Mr. Peppers points out in this article:
“In fact, if you can state something as a technical problem that has a solution – a task to be completed – then eventually this problem can and will be solved by computer:”
Mr. Peppers’ solution? The first is people skills, knowing how to solve interpersonal challenges (e.g. management, negotiation, speaking, etc.). The second is:
“The other way to beat the clock is not to focus on solving problems but on discovering them. Discovering new problems is something that computers can’t really do, and are unlikely to be able to do in your lifetime. Discovering new problems is otherwise known as “creativity.” “
While not everyone can be a “people person,” everyone can be creative….after all, that’s what makes us human :).