Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Gap is Closing

We've known for a while that unskilled manufacturing jobs have been moving to China. However, there are increasing signs that skilled and knowledge work is moving there.

Having worked in China for three years, I'm not surprised to see stories like this. China's best workers do not take their country's growth for granted. They prove that they want the jobs by studying like crazy and working insane hours. Work-life balance is a foreign concept there.

My first boss called my China experience a "vaccine." I didn't fully understand his meaning at the time, but I do now. He's a smart guy, and he saw this future coming. He knew what I needed to be able to compete, even if I didn't.

He vaccinated me to kill my American brand of complacency.