Want a Job On Wall Street? Be Good at Video Games!

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Back in 2011 I wrote an article entitled "Chess and Business Success; they go hand in hand". I wrote at the time: "It seems that many of the stars of Wall Street and business are also phenomenal chess players."

Well, that was then and this is now. Case in point, this article by Sarah E. Needleman from the Wall Street Journal: "When a Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job". Here is how this article puts it: "Employers across a range of industries are embracing résumés that include backgrounds in making or playing videogames, concluding the digital pastime can help employees with online collaboration, problem solving and other critical workplace skills."

The turn towards video game players arises, according to the article, from an awareness that video games are highly complex, kind of like business. And that's not all, many of the hiring authorities are video game players themselves.

Is this surprising…not really? Video games have been around for close to fifty years so entire generations have grown up playing them. They are a part of the fabric of modern life.

And by the way, I don't think this in any way negates the power and importance of chess. Think about how complex that is, planning out your strategy ten and twenty moves ahead.

Play is important because it gets children ready for the world to come and not the one they currently inhabit. Parents need to remember just as do we.

When you look at the VR, AR and AI that are out there for children to enjoy now, you can just imagine what the world is going to be like in the year 2039.


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