My last blog classified people as “Starters” or “Finishers”. People can also be classified as “Stackers” vs. “Spreaders” (when putting stuff on a counter) as well as “Complicators” vs. “Simplifiers” (for just about everything). I like to think of myself as a Simplifier (or more accurately a “Stacker”, “Simplifier” and “Finisher”). But this week I want to talk about what should be a very simple task; checking in for an airline flight.
I fly less than some and more than others. Enough to know that it’s not at all glamorous. During a recent trip to visit my parents I encountered a few Tech Frustrations.
Between enduring travel experiences, I had a great time with my parents. Except for a fleeting moment in a restaurant when a waiter assumed I was my dad’s … wife! Next week I’ll be reporting on Tech Frustrations associated with Botox injections and other anti-aging procedures ;)
What technology do you use to ease the travel process?
The first time I realized that a choice was going to close some doors, I was 17 years old and choosing a college. It seems funny in hindsight because kids today are aware of so many more options than we were “way back when”. My high school class was comprised of more than 500 students, but I only remember three who went out-of-state to continue their education. I was not one of them. And I sure don't remember hearing the term "study abroad" back then. In one way, my choice narrowed my options for the future significantly. I attended Michigan Tech which had (and still has) a strong focus on engineering and STEM majors. If switching my major to history was an option, I wasn't aware of it. In another way, my choice opened more doors than I could have imagined since, at the time, I really had no idea that my degree would provide such a wide variety of opportunities down the road.
Fast forward to 2017, and it seems like high school grads can easily become overwhelmed by all of the opportunities available to them as they begin to create their futures. Some appear to handle the choices with ease, while others understandably struggle to make next-step decisions. When I wanted to learn more about a college, I had to write and request information, stop in and talk with a school counselor, or wait for the recruiter to visit my school and make a pitch. Students today can comb through more university options than I can count by reading info online, watching videos, and even interacting with current and future students on social media sites. The options are mind-boggling and navigating the large volume of info can even become a Tech Frustration.
Last week I encountered one of the most unique opportunities I’ve ever seen. It was a job description that stopped me in my tracks. I didn’t think I was looking for work, but honestly, this opportunity piqued my interest. Unfortunately I don’t have the personality to ensure consistent success in the role, but boy do I wish I did. I wish I was flexible, fun, and adventurous enough to succeed in this position! Well, there are my personality short comings and then there’s the fact that I have no desire to re-locate without my spouse ... and I doubt I'm really what they have in mind.
But ... if you are flexible, fun, adventurous, and able to re-locate for a while, I suggestion you check out this opportunity of a lifetime! (<- Seriously, you have to click that link.)
Do you have any Tech Frustrations? If so, tell me about them on the Tech Frustrations web site.
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