The subject line jumped out at me as I saw the email message in my inbox.
“This summarizes a bunch of the things you’ve been talking about on your program for the past four years…”
The message was from a personal friend, and included a link.
And that email led to my recent conversation with Robert Dickie, Author of “The Leap: Launching Your Full-time Career In Our Part-time Economy.”
Listen to my full conversation with Robert Dickie below.
And as my friend said to me, let me say to you: you’ve got to get this guy’s book.
In “The Leap,” Dickie makes the case that now, more than ever before in modern U.S. history, the reality of long-term “career” jobs is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, people working “gigs” – part-time, freelance, per-project type work assignments – is becoming more the norm.
Noting that the economic crash of 2008-2009 brought about dramatic changes not only in the U.S. economy but the global economy as well, Dickie cites three broad categories of events that have created a “perfect storm” of changes to the labor markets:
Expansive new government regulations – the federal Obamacare law, Dickie notes, has placed dramatic new requirements on employers and has created a dis-incentivized the hiring of “employees.”
Technological advancements – the ability to buy and sell products and services online has changed the very nature of transacting, and of work itself.
Globalization – whether anyone likes it or not, many workers compete worldwide for opportunities.