The PDC Messenger is e-published eight times a year on months our flagship The PDC Post does not appear. Like The Post, The Messenger provides useful information empowering professionals to advance their careers.
Ways to find success in the “gig” economy
The current employment situation can enable people from diverse backgrounds and professions to build a successful career as contingent workers and consultants. While the “gig” economy has its downsides, it can, nonetheless, provide opportunities for financial security and for achieving long-term goals if one sagely employs his or her skill sets. I know this runs […]
Exactly how big is the “gig economy”?
News organizations talk about the “gig economy” in a way that would lead one to believe this portion of the overall economy is big — and getting bigger. They present a picture that has millions of workers losing — or quitting — regular permanent jobs and working on a contract basis. We are meant to […]
How big is the “gig economy” here in Massachusetts?
It is difficult to estimate just how many “gig” workers there are in Massachusetts. The problem rests with the issue of classification — which also is a challenge for national estimates (see my main story). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Contingent workers are people who do not expect their jobs to last, or […]
Some how-to’s for finding a “gig” in the new economy
The most common catch phrase I hear as a job hunter is “gig economy.” These two words are on everyone’s lips at job-hunter support groups and career workshops. The term “gig” dates back to the 1920s when jazz musicians earned much of their income by playing one-time gigs at clubs. No job security, no benefits. […]
Interview with Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of “The Job”
Ellen Ruppel Shell tears apart assumptions about employment like they are a pile of old resumes. In her book “The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change” (reviewed in the Fall PDC Post) she rips into received wisdom and in so doing, frees us to begin rebuilding — or building— a […]
Harari provides 21 jolting predictions for how technology will transform our lives and our work during the remainder of this century
21 Lessons for the 21st Century By Yuval Noah Harari Published by Spiegel & Grau (2018); Hardcover $28 If you’ve wondered what the world will be like as the 21st Century unfolds, author Yuval Noah Harari’s book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will give you a look at some scenarios. Harari casts a […]