give me internet or give me death (or at least no job)

July 14, 2008 at 7:38 am | Posted in Technology Trends | 1 Comment
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About a year ago, my cousin who is a junior in college, wasn’t returning my emails. I got frustrated and sent her a text message. Within a minute, I had a response. After further dialog (we did actually “talk”) I found that email was “so 90’s” and that to keep up with her, I would need to social network. This led to a discussion at work where I predicted that this generation will not tolerate what we currently call “collaboration” in today’s workforce.

Fast forward to today. Had a conversation with a customer who had a really sharp intern they wanted to hire. Kid politely says, “no thanks.” They ask him why and he said, “Everything’s great, but I can’t facebook.” This led the guy to poll his audience at a major college where he talks to Freshman classes about choosing a major. (he’s trying to spawn interest in IT). It was a class of about 450.

Question: How many of you have email accounts? Everyone.

Question: How many use their email accounts for social communication. Nobody.

Question: How many of you would turn down a job offer if you didn’t have free access to the Internet? Half.

The times, they are a changin’.

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  1. They block almost everything where I work. I cannot blog as they strip out text, I cannot comment on blogs and I am restricted as to blogs or forums where I interact with professionals like myself. I sometimes have to get permission even to visit sites by click thru the admin screen.

    Sometimes corporations don’t realize the impact that this has on employees to want to further or learn more about their career.

    Times are changing and companies should have a little leeway. If they sense abuse, then heck ya, cut them off, but don’t try to kill or stifle stuff right off the bat.


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