Came across an interesting article that talked about how much more educated our counterparts are overseas. We are not talking about a little bit more advantage but a rather large gap. I think the United States is not performing very well when you take a look at this from the Business Insider. “The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which gathers and analyzes the data in the U.S.” It’s not just education but work ethic as well. We continue to fall when you compare work ethics across the board. We simply are failing in our education and teaching a solid work ethic to ourselves and our younger generations.
However, when you review workers 10, 15, and even 20 years later you see something interesting. We catch up. No, I only wish we somehow get more educated or that our work ethic gets dramatically better. We do not but what does happen is that we get experience. You see, the overseas culture is to do what you are told and patiently wait until the person leaves or passes away. The next person falls in line. It is actually looked down upon those that push for more responsibility, new roles, progressions, or even transfer to another organization. Forget about moving to another company, the culture doesn’t work that way. We on the other hand are constantly looking for new challenges, new roles, and new responsibility. We will walk away if a better opportunity presents itself. The result of this mobility and perhaps desire to improve ourselves results in far greater degree and diversity of experience. This diversity of experience, responsibility, and knowledge makes us more valuable to the company. So perhaps instead of asking what’s in your wallet, we should be asking what roles are you doing this year that’s different from the last. If you can’t answer that question, don’t worry there is someone smarter and working harder to take your job.