A good colleague of mine sent this video around a couple of days ago, with the disclaimer that sometimes he saw himself as the engineer, and sometimes (increasingly) like the “management dude,” a fact he found alarming.
I for sure feel that one of the reasons that we see so little change in academia is for similar reasons.
The story about who created the video and why was on NPR. While it has pretty low production values, and the acting isn’t award-worthy, I think we can all recognize the patterns and sentiments.
Here’s a nice contrast I shared with my first-year engineering students: Engineer Your Life’s video of Judy Lee. I even had a student come up to me after class and say that this video is what she wants to do with her life, and what should she choose as a major to follow that dream? Way cool. And way cooler than the outcomes of the first video that just made me depressed…