What industries do we know for certain are gone (or at least on life support)? What careers and employees will still be around looking for jobs, but the jobs have been permanently downsized, sent overseas, etc? What fields and/or jobs will be in demand once this recovery really takes hold? What can towns and cities start doing now to attract those new careers and technologies of the future?
I'm still looking for some answers (and am always open to suggestions from others, so please don't hesitate to let me know yours), but I'll bring you a couple of two differing views I've found:
- Tuesday's (January 12, 2010) very sobering article from the Wall Street Journal: "Even in a Recovery, Some Jobs Won't Return"
- James Fallows' optimistic, but still slightly guarded piece, from the January/February 2010 issue of The Atlantic: "How America Can Rise Again"
And let us all learn to be a bit more pro-active, and less like sheep, as we move forward, too.