Zombie Cliche Lookout: Universally Handy
People specialize when they pick a career, but when they tell other people what they do, all that person hears is generalities. This happens to my wife and I all the time. I’m a web developer, but all people hear is “I work on computers”, and they assume that I should be able to do everything from troubleshoot their wireless network to building a complex program from scratch. My wife is an immigration attorney, but people expect her to be able to help them write a will or beat a drunk driving charge. I imagine just about every one of you have faced the same challenge.
What does this have to do with the zombie apocalypse? Well, not a whole lot. However, it stands to reason that there will substantially fewer people out there, so all of us who specialize are likely going to be forced to branch out into a lot of related fields, and probably a few unrelated ones. After all, the work is going to need to get done regardless, and if you already have some ability in the area, it’s going to fall to you to handle it.
About this Episode:
As you can see, both Russell and Michael have their stuff, although when they were leaving the last time we saw them, their hands were empty. I figured that their stuff was just off frame, and figured no one wanted to see me waste an episode showing them going and picking things up.
Discussion Question: Adapting Your Career
How could you adapt your career and skill set to a survival situation? I’m especially interested in people – like me – whose jobs don’t require a whole lot of practical skills.
In my case, I sit in a climate controlled office all day, typing at a keyboard and making sure my subordinates are doing their jobs. There’s not a lot there that I can use; after all, everyone is going to want to be the leader. In my mind, I’d have to reach a little deeper into my repertoire. I have some experience in construction and demolition, and that’s where I think I’d find myself being the most useful.