Early in the morning, I had a discussion with the machinery engineer and the electrical subject matter expert. It was about a machine’s control that had stopped us from test-running it.

Finally, there was some good news about the PLC. Solved. In between the phone calls, I attended a Professional Career Workshop organized by an engineering manager at the corporate level. Several of us did. The manager posed a big question at the beginning and in the end – in the next 10 to 15 years, about 50 to 60% of the professional workforce are going to retire.

Really?

Not a lot of folks were convinced to update their skills and work history database. That’s because the database has not proved to be useful to the local affiliate for many, many years. In fact, nobody could recall the last real job assignment change based on the database.

Hopefully the future is much brighter than that.