Finding and keeping a job can be a difficult thing. Not only can positions often be scarce in certain fields, but even established employees can find their skill sets suddenly obsolete if they are not paying attention - something that can ultimately lead to permanent dismissal. All of this can be especially true in the IT world, where uncertainty has been bred by the rapid pace at which technology is evolving.
With all of the concerns facing our country today — recession, declining financial markets, the credit crisis, rising unemployment — it can be tempting to focus solely on what it will take to fix our immediate problems. The government’s stimulus plans pay particular attention to recovery from our current situation as well as the investment in the next cycle of long-term growth and global competitiveness. To be a leader in the 21 st century, America will have to reinvent itself and continually increase our capacity to learn, adapt and grow. This reinvention will require retaining the values that made us great while building the intellectual assets and equity that will help us compete in the emerging global economy.