Thomas Friedman has been offering career advice for far too long. This week he was at it again with “The Start-Up of You” in The New York Times. Thankfully, our youth do not seem to have been listening….and woe be to those that actually would because they would find themselves choosing between corrugated cardboard and a plastic bag for their digs.
For years Friedman was crowing about S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career paths. He loudly bemoaned the loss of American students in these fields while he beat the drums for loosening H1-B visa rules for foreign nationals so they could further crowd out the few American Nationals that had clung to their jobs. Friedman never connected the dots between the flood of foreign scientists and the massive glut of Ph.D.’s in America. He never paid attention the gutting of salaries - the natural result of a glut because he didn’t dig a little deeper for the facts. I doubt the man ever stepped foot inside an actual lab.