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bq. “When auto-manufacturing jobs went to Mexico, we said we’d push the bar up and create better jobs,” said William Daley, who guided the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress for former President Clinton and is president of SBC Communications Inc., a San Antonio, Texas, […]

bq. “When auto-manufacturing jobs went to Mexico, we said we’d push the bar up and create better jobs,” said William Daley, who guided the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress for former President Clinton and is president of SBC Communications Inc., a San Antonio, Texas, telecommunications operator. “Can you keep going up the job chain?” Zhu Min, general manager of the state-owned Bank of China, suggested that the U.S. does need “to reposition itself. Manufacturing is gone; services are going. Research and development is still there. [The U.S.] needs to move up the [development] chain.” (From The Wall Street Journal)

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  1. Well, we could all become real estate agents. Hard to outsource that job to someone living in Shanghai or Bangalore. My friend, a former software developer in San Jose, became a real estate agent a few months ago and just sold his first house. He told me that one-third of the people in his real estate course consisted of laid-off software engineers and technicians. Other possible jobs that are really local: painter – can’t expect someone from Bombay to do that for you; chef – try getting a real chef from Szechuan to make kung pao chicken without actually having to come over here; physical therapist – no way you’re going to get that massage from someone based in Manila; nail salon lady -you cannot get your nails done by someone who operates out of Beijing.

  2. I agree with Mr. Zhu Min’s comments.

    The software industry should get out of it’s funk and get back to what made this industry so attractive to so many: An opportunity to learn, teach, and invent!

    BTW, I’m surprised Esme V didn’t list the one profession, we in the US need the most, as an option that a Chinese or Indian cannot fill: Teaching! Or is Stanford moving to Bombay?

  3. Telepocalypse Monday, January 26, 2004

    Expert Choices

    Are you sane, rational, and of sound mind? And your colleagues too? Are you sure? You are! I’m so glad! OK then, given all that, how come you spend so much of your time making daft decisions, and endlessly back-tracking…

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