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So in order to generate some inspiration and to make this a truly reflective blog, I went back to my original post at the beginning of the semester. Upon reading that blog, one thing stuck out to me in particular: I was very much rooted in the present.
Sure, I tried to get deep and talk about how technology is changing faster than ever and that the ~**future**~ had a lot in store. But, in the spirit of honesty, I’m prepared to admit that I had no clue what I was talking about. I just figured that that was what I was “supposed” to say.
And this leads me to one of the biggest takeaways from class that I think we should all keep in mind as we continue into the workplace from undergrad or grad school. I have a much clearer picture of what the future might hold and how the types of burgeoning technologies that are being developed and tested now will have an impact of my life and career. Originally, I was getting prepared for this…
…when that’s not really what I should be worried about (at least not yet). More importantly, it’s technologies and ideas like blockchain or the sharing economy that are truly going to have the greatest impact. It’s very important to have some type of grasp on what the future holds. As we all progress in the business world, keeping an eye on the horizon will be beneficial in our careers as we can anticipate trends and hopefully capitalize on them (or at least avoid becoming completely obsolete).
In the end, while I have much more of a grasp on what the future might bring, it is still incredible to think just how quickly technology is improving. The best example of this is going back in time and trying to tell someone in 2007 that the iPhone would disrupt the transportation and hotel industries. This is also a very important point. Even though I am now familiar with certain technologies and ideas, it’s impossible to know exactly what the future holds. For all we know, the biggest technological change that will come within the next decade hasn’t even been invented yet!
Back to the blog!
Another positive takeaway that goes along with having a clearer picture of the future is having a clearer picture of what is happening in the present. While I mentioned earlier that my initial blog post was heavily rooted in the present, I didn’t even get that right! I was stuck on the invention of the iPhone and Twitter! Technology and digital business is changing so rapidly every day and it’s important to track these developments. I attribute this to the large role that Twitter played in the class. Truthfully, in the beginning of the course, I wasn’t too much of a Twitter user. Yeah, I had a Twitter and knew the power of Twitter but I only really used it every once in awhile to see what my friends might have been talking about. I knew the vast amount of information available right at the touch of a button but I had no idea where to start absorbing it. So I didn’t. I was a bit overwhelmed.
After following just a few Twitter accounts like TechCrunch or WSJ for class, I realized just how easy and available the information is. I didn’t have to gobble up every single piece of information possible that existed in the entirety of the Twittersphere. But keeping up on the latest trends and the latest news turned out to be much simpler than I had thought. So many things are happening every single day and thankfully, I also had all of you #IS6621ing me all of the time with the most important stuff. So thank you!
In the end, while this Final Thoughts blog could be construed as a Farewell blog, that is literally impossible in this day and age. Now that you all know my name, you can find me on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, GroupMe, Venmo and plenty of other social media platforms. So in a very real sense, this isn’t goodbye.