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  • Jun 14 2013: I am a mechanical engineer, and I would not work in the fossil fuel industry.
    This is a conversation that my wife and I have had, and we are in agreement that it is against our values.

    Aside from my personal reservations, it's clear to me that kids don't play the same way anymore.

    When I was young, I played a lot with LEGO, and they were bricks and other basic shapes. I would build things and make up stories.
    Now, when I look at LEGO, the stories and the characters are pre-made. The shapes are very specific, and are much less universal. They don't require as much imagination. But LEGO remains one of the best kids' toys available.

    When I was young, one of my neighbors had an Atari video game. I remember watching their family play 4-way Pong. It was social interaction.
    Now, I see kids with headphones, playing games or texting, without the social interaction, where the games have simple, immutable stories.

    When I was young, I would go play in the woods with my friends, and build forts, or trails to ride our bikes.
    I don't see kids in the woods anymore.

    So, Remy, to answer your first question, today's students don't want to become engineers because they are not imaginative in the same way, they are drawn to simple stories with a punchline, and they are afraid to get dirty and work with their hands.

    For your second question, youth unemployment is at an all-time high. There is talent out there, if you're willing to train them. But those people are also globally aware. If Shell were to make real, sincere progress on making energy without dinosaur juice, or real reductions in environmental impact (could Shell go carbon-neutral?), or maybe ISO 14001 compliance, then you would see a REAL change in your corporate image.
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      Jun 15 2013: What you're saying is completely true Kevin, things are not alike and they will never be. This coming generations are totally different but we can't assume - just because of they're totally different - that this difference is negative it could actually have some negative side, but if we look closer, clearer and deeper we can see they're innovators, they're coding from the age of 9, secondary school graduate are CEO's of a companies of software companies ( I read this few months/years I believe), they're enjoying their own way of doing the stuff, they're not avoiding Engineering they're probably looking for the updated version of it, where everything is fully automated. They're probably getting the best out of us, involving and associating to make it even better. I believe.

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