February 10, 2017: Friday news roundup

Time to wind down your week with a heaping dose of reading material. This week we’ve got thoughts on what skills you should be developing, how you can boost your creativity, and a remembrance of a beloved educator.

The next big blue-collar job Is coding
This article makes a strong case for basic coding being a skill within reach for many that can lead to solid, good-paying employment. The author asks, “What if we regarded code not as a high-stakes, sexy affair, but the equivalent of skilled work at a Chrysler plant?” It’s an intriguing question that could hold a lot of promise for workers across the country.

Lifelong learning is good for your health, your wallet, and your social life
Okay, who would NOT want to start learning something new after reading that headline? Click through if you’re not convinced. Being a curious person with an engaged mind isn’t just good for you; it’s good for society at large.

The jobs of the future—and two skills you need to get them
The writer here lumps soft skills together into a single collection of competencies, but the other skill he says you’ll need for jobs of the future is more defined—it’s math.

Escape your filter bubble and enhance your creativity
We could all stand to broaden our perspectives these days and open our minds to unfamiliar experiences. Here are four simple and rewarding ways to expose yourself to new people and concepts in order to fire up your own creativity.

‘Edutainer’ Hans Rosling, who taught us about the world, has died
Finally, an appreciation of a man who “had a knack for explaining difficult concepts… to tell the story of our world and to advocate for the poor.” Rosling was a Swedish medical doctor, professor, and founder of the Gapminder Institute, and he was known for making statistics interesting to non-numbers people. Check out the videos here for a sampling.