Non-fiction Books and Parables
Sravan Ankaraju’s book, Hackers and Heroes (Divergence Press) examines the challenges posed by the 21st century jobs market and how anyone can find job security if they are willing to learn new skills.
Accompanied by Sravan’s own coming-to-America story that’s sure to inspire, Hackers and Heroes demonstrates that there is room in the new tech economy for everyone to do more than merely survive, but to thrive.
But you can’t do it alone, and you’ve got to put in a little work to get there, too.
To do more than merely survive—to have a seat at the proverbial table—you have to do a good job in the present. You need to take care of your life today, your family today, your customers today, so that you are set up for future success. It’s not easy—in fact, be prepared to do just about anything necessary to make it work.
But patience is also key. It’s easy to lose sight of your end goal or to feel overwhelmed thinking of the enormity of it all. Focus on the situation in front of you. Do the best you can, and doors will open. Hackers and Heroes will show you the way.
Hire veterans is one of the key messages in the book for companies looking to increase their sources for the high-demand talent for emerging technologies.
Encourage 157 million people comprising the American workforce to prepare for the shifts in employment in the era of rapid and massive technological change.
Today’s workers—at all levels—must be prepared to change jobs as tech continues to make efficiency inroads and renders obsolete certain human-powered positions. But, if we prepare wisely, we should consider this a boon, not a tragedy—but success hinges on our approach, and the right kind of education is paramount. The current model of educating and training our workforce is outmoded, and it is imperative for employers and employees to understand the forces of change underway and to prepare to meet them.
There is space for whomever wishes to participate in the new tech-based economy—especially blue-collar workers, veterans, and underserved populations for whom much of the digitized world is not intuitive and has historically excluded them.
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