1. Do you agree or disagree with Friedman’s assessment that the world is flat? Be sure to justify your answer.

It is an idea by Thomas L. Friedman to the accelerated globalization through technological connectivity. He is trying to coin this idea as the “World is flat.”  It is not the first such type of effort is made. Some say, “World is turning into a global village.” These two ideas are akin to each other. When we think of the world, an abstraction of a globe or sphere pops up in our minds but Friedman is talking in a virtual sense and pointing at the level of connectivity that we as a human race are gaining at a tremendous rate. The author is also trying to describe the consequences of this change. There is no doubt that the user friendly-technological meat put on to the skeleton of telecommunication and communication satellites, the fiber optic cables, the Internet and accompanying software creating the web, are not only bringing people closer to each other, but are also redefining the way business is being done on the global stage. Friedman’s idea of a Flat world came from a quote by the CEO of Infosys, a leading Indian IT company “….The playing field is being leveled.” My perception is that the intention of Freidman is although on a physical level we are far apart on the globe but on a virtual level all of us are coming so close that the world behaves to be flat.

  1. What are the potential impacts of a flat world for a student performing a job search?

The Internet opens up a whole new world of opportunities to job seeking students. Seeking a job has never been so easy. The job seekers can go to thousands upon thousands of free job websites and portals. They can choose the region of the world where they are interested to work, create their profile and leave their contact information, CV and Resumes. As soon as they do this, they will be automatically posted with job postings via email, where they will apply to find the organizations and other opportunities to the job of their own choice and qualification.

  1. What can students do to prepare themselves for competing in a flat world?

It is immensely important that, the student of the coming generation are computer literate and technology savvy. It does not matter if one belongs to a discipline like Arts or Humanities the student must be able to manipulate technology even as a user for his or her own advantage. If you are working towards a degree or a training certificate that does not include any computer and technology related subjects, having some computer software certificate will look good on your CV, and the student will gain new skills. In this rapidly changing world with an explosion of information everywhere, the students must be aware of the skills that are in demand and the skills that are getting out of demand in the labor market. Just to give an example the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sales is dying out and being replaced by automated Information Technology such as email autoresponders and newly emerging disciplines such as Internet Marketing. If you are interested in business as a student, you may consider learning subjects like “Social Media Management” and “Internet Marketing” as a side track if you are unexposed. These subjects will have a profound impact in the future on the world business. As a student, you must keep yourself up to date. One way to do this is to consider doing certifications or develop abilities of self-learning because the technology is changing everything so rapidly that when you enroll in a degree program that some or a lot of what you have learned may become obsolete or outdated. To compete in this rapidly changing world the rule of “Survival of the fittest” does apply, In this case the fittest will be the person who can pace up with the progress of technology that is changing at an exponential rate.                                                     (Friedman)

References

Friedman, Thomas L. The World Is Flat. 1st ed. New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Print.