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So, I was looking for a book about careers and career trends. Most of this was spurred on by renewed interest in career counseling. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for, to be honest. It was one of those things, like fine art: You know it when you see it. Thankfully, my instincts proved me right, and I picked up The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton.

 

Clifton does two things that piqued my curiousity about this book. As chairman of Gallup (that organization that's all about polls and gathering information you've probably heard of, but never thought about), the man can build suspense. The second thing I liked about this book was the build and flow of it. There was a natural progression of the content, which for me is vital when reading nonfiction. Personally, it's never been for me. I used to need that fantasy world to be immersed in a story. The Coming Jobs War changed my mind about this a little bit. I haven't been converted yet though!

 

The entire books is about the future of the US and unemployment. Clifton uses the data at his disposal to discuss the current trends of employment across the world. He focuses a lot on countries Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This means the goods that a country can produce to be sold in the country and exported out to other countries. He claims, and makes a very good case, that China will overtake the US in the jobs market soon based on the growth of the GDP.

 

Currently, we hold the highest GDP , however, our growth is sputtering. It is this that threatens our status to China. Their growth is much higher than ours. But Clifton says this isn't the first time this threat has happened. What stopped it then? You're holding it right now. The Internet.

 

The invention of the Internet and everything that came with it helped boost the GDP of the United States further out of reach from other countries.

 

What happens if China overtakes us, you may ask? Well, I'll leave Clifton to describe that, but it's safe to say that it isn't pretty. Think The Hunger Games and Divergent series, but less love triangles/teenage angst.

 

(OK, that may be an exaggeration, but it still won't be good)

 

All of this information is presented at the beginning of the book. Clifton goes on to describe the factors that brought us to this predicament, what the pros are saying about when it will happen, the "cure," and what needs to change in America starting NOW.

 

Seriously, I was not getting my hopes up with this book and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. There were some things that would have gone over my head, had Clifton not done such a fantastic job at explaining the concepts. If you are looking for a book that will help you understand a little about our economy and will floor you with some awesome facts, this is a great book to start with. For me, it provided a different perspective to use when discussing careers with clients in my private practice, but it has applications in all areas of your life. You'd be surprised. I know I was.

 

 

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