If you ask Michael Robinson, he’ll tell you the skills and profound sense of purpose he gained while leading Marines in Desert Storm helped him climb the corporate ladder in his post-military career. His journey from Platoon Sergeant to Director of Seller Tools, Programs and Services at eBay took years of personal growth, networking and understanding the value he adds to the civilian workforce.
Task and Purpose photo illustration by Matt Battaglia
The internet is filled to the brim with random shit you can buy or build yourself, but a lot of the stuff out there just seems wildly impractical. It's kind of hard to imagine a situation in which you’d really need something like, I dunno, a beer holster.
Since Harambe’s untimely death in May 2016, the silverback gorilla’s stern likeness has graced everything from t-shirts to tote bags. “Dicks out for Harambe” was practically the catchphrase of the summer. Eulogy songs were sung. Memes were made. Expensive Harambe tattoos were etched onto biceps. Writers spilled gallons of ink explaining what it all means. Then, Harambe suddenly vanished. Or so we thought.
Forbes counts jobs in sales as some of the most populous professions in the country, citing a 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics study showing that securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents earn the most, with average salaries of $102,510 annually. The sales field is expected to steadily increase in the coming years, with growth rates that could reach 11% by the year 2022.
Technology is ubiquitous — it pervades every aspect of our lives. It’s no wonder that job growth in the tech industry has outpaced private sector job growth by a rate of three to one since 2004. In a 2012 study by the Bay Area Economic Institute, tech jobs earn between 17% to 27% more other fields, have a low unemployment rate, and offer a demand that will steadily increase through at least the year 2020.