e-Talk Radio: Rubin, Howard, 12 September 2000

Rebroadcast 24 October 2000

periphery and listening to all these exciting things that are happening in India and the Philippines and hearing that we've got a labor shortfall here in the United States… Would you have any advice for people that might be thinking about making a career change, or might be thinking about going back to school at night and taking programming, or shifting careers? What kind of advice would you give them?

Howard: Well, clearly right now we're looking at a national situation that there is a tremendous shortfall. There are vacancies for people with specialized skills, and the number of vacancies is growing, and more and more of the jobs in the work force is, you know, the number of agricultural jobs and manufacturing jobs is falling off, the number of technology work force jobs is just increasing tremendously. So clearly, it's a definite area of opportunity. But number two, the other big message is that it's an opportunity, area of opportunity in the U.S., but literally with the Internet and Web-based work collaborations, there is now a global market for labor. And we'll start seeing changes in labor marketplaces and all sorts of Web-enabled global work going on. So anyone who's thinking about going back to school, anyone who's in the current work force should be thinking about what are the talents and skills that are needed over the next 2, 3, 4, 5 years, and how job recruiting and work product development and all this will be changed through the Internet? And it's more than just telecommuting, working at home. It's being able to have distributed work teams, and having a strong economic balance all over the world. And number two, for U.S. workers, you have to remember right now that it's not a myth. If you go offshore to India, you're able to get a talented work force for far less than the U.S. And you take a look at the Philippines, and you're finding good labor at $2,500 per year, which is wildly different than the U.S. So U.S. work force people have to be thinking about what are they going to do next? What are the skills and things that are rising out there? And what can they do with this great difference in economics, to remain competitive in terms of quality and value added they can bring to the job.

Carol: Right. It sounds really exciting. I think a lot of people will have a lot of questions for you, and I'd like to invite Dr. Howard Rubin to come back later in our season. I'd like to invite him to come back for one of our live shows, when listeners can phone in and ask him direct questions. One of the things I've always found about you that I find absolutely enthralling, Howard, is the fact that you're at what I'd consider the pinnacle of your career. I just aspire to be up there. And yet you're absolutely approachable. You've never gotten this huge head, which I'm sure a lot of people would be if you've met the President, and you're called on by the president of the Philippines, and India's technology minister. And you're in incredible demand, and yet you've never lost that down to earth quality, and I absolutely value that. I think that's one of the greatest assets that you bring to this earth and this society, and I think that some of our listeners would probably love to share some of that, some of the excitement and enthusiasm that clearly rubs off from you.

Howard: All right. Thank you very

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