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This Video is a lecture by Thomas Friedman (January 12th, 2012) based on his most recent book That Used to Be Us. Other resources can be found in the Files Document Friedman Videos.

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1. Describe the 5 key areas that Friedman thinks require re-investment strategies for the U.S.; e.g. Technology, Education, etc.?

What does he see as the major political obstacle we face? Do you agree or disagree? What is your rationale? In the area of future skills / competencies Friedman distinguishes between Routine and Non-routine work. Describe these distinctions and implications? Why does Friedman say that “Critical Reasoning and Problem-solving” are the key competencies that tomorrow’s employees will require? Based on the concepts discussed by Friedman, describe 3 specific recommendations you would share with a class of high school students to help them prepare for the job market of 2020.

PART 2:
1. Describe the career position you aspire to. (I aspire to work as a manager for a non-profit)
2. Describe what you consider to be your own biggest skill-gap; and what is your strategy to close this gap? Explain.
3. Is your current job “untouchable”? Will closing your personal skill gaps help you keep or obtain a more “untouchable” position? Explain.

PART 3:
See M&T’s Learning Outcomes in Course Documents and answer the following Questions:
1. How well has M&T enabled you to achieve competence in its Learning Outcomes? Explain.
2. How will competence in M&T’s Learning Outcomes benefit you in your professional career, especially for the 21st century workplace? Explain.
3. What suggestions do you have that would have made your experience in M&T more relevant for you?

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