Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Steamboat Springs Those who occupy Wall Street are fed up. Unemployment, now at 9 percent, has not been this high in more than two decades. It seems very unfair that investment bankers and others make millions while many of us have no job or struggle to pay bills with $10-per-hour wages.
Will it work? Will the Wall Street occupiers get anything changed? It is doubtful. Possibly, the better course for them is to become educated and productive.
Why do Wall Streeters, doctors, lawyers, engineers and business owners often easily find work and earn good money? The answer is supply and demand. There are relatively few capable people available and willing to be Wall Street investment bankers and other professionals. It takes more time and effort to become educated for higher-level work. Isn’t the real solution for the Occupy Wall Street participants to work hard and get a good technical or professional education? There virtually is no unemployment for these jobs. It is hard to believe, but companies and banks seeking engineers, chemists and professionals have a hard time finding qualified applicants.
Michael Dell, founder of Dell Inc., recently interviewed on CNBC and spoke of offering 10,000 technical jobs here in the U.S. Dell Inc. was, however, having a lot of trouble filling the 10,000 positions. What’s more, if many more people educated themselves for technological and professional work, the pay difference would be less extreme. Pay for Wall Streeters, engineers and professionals at least would be somewhat lower because more capable people would be available for this work.
Those who resent the wealthy and successful should start early and educate themselves, especially in math and science. Stay focused on education. Spend that extra time on math, science and engineering homework. Work with our wonderful special education and gifted and talented teachers to become great engineers or scientists. Plenty of high-paying jobs will await you.
Think of the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. and developer of the iPhone, iPad and iPod. He was reasonably well educated, very productive, quite goal-oriented and enviously successful.
Learn to sell your skills in a job interview. Set career goals for yourself in math and science. Stick with your goals until they are accomplished.
Education starts very early. Parents and preschools should read with 2- and 3-year-olds each day. Do some simple math five minutes every day. It is hard to believe, but little toddlers are very bright and waiting to get a head start on learning.
If you start with an early education, set and accomplish goals, focus on math, communication skills, science and technology, you can live a productive and prosperous life. You might not resent Wall Street and successful business people. The world can be your oyster.
Steamboat Springs School Board
Wayne Lemley has written a number of articles on raising capable children .. http://alumni.brown.edu/lemley.