Continuing Education

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Article from Issue 195/2017

No matter who the US President is or why, it's the citizens who need to understand how they can prepare for the jobs that are begging to be filled in modern economies.

On November 8, 2016, the United States was rocked by a historic election. Donald Trump was elected the 45th President on a campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again."

Whether or not you agree that the United States is or ever was great, or even that the word "America" is misused when people talk about the United States, his election by a large portion of people who feel that the economy has left them behind is something that (in retrospect) most of the "professional politicians" have ignored. Whether Donald Trump and his policies will make any difference is to be seen in the future; however, this issue is not just confined to the United States, it is happening all over the world.

In the short term, I do not think governments can do very much to keep jobs in-country, because the problem is not just about the transference of jobs to another part of the world. Certainly that is what most people see, and it lends to the problem, but the real issue is that the kinds of jobs that new and evolving companies offer do not lend themselves, because of automation and mechanization, to the kind of education that most people today receive – or have received in the last 10 years.


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