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I watched this excellent video produced by financial times about sneakers being a "2 billion dollar industry":
Well guess what? That's nothing compared to another relatively niche industry like PC gaming:
The PC gaming industry is roughly 35.7 billion in size with a CAGR of roughly 4% a year:
How big is the electronics recycling industry? You know, the industry I spent 4 years of my life in and is rarely if every talked about in public? 40.3 billion with a CAGR of 15.5%:
Here is another industry that is exploding behind the scenes: lithium ion battery recycling. The industry is currently worth about 7 billion with a CAGR of a little over 6%.
One day, I may return to the latter industries as an electronics recycler myself. Until then, I can focus in getting a degree in Electrical Engineering, and use my skills to potentially start a company that produces products and services for these industries.
For some reason, people have this notion that due to government and corprate pushes for sustainability, we are throwing away fewer and fewer electronics. This couldn't be further from the truth. I have seen it myself: upgrade cycles for IT hardware keeps shrinking further and further, and companies and consumers alike are refreshing their devices faster and faster. This only contributes further to our ewaste problem.
Oh well, a guy can dream at least. One thing is for sure: Ewaste isn't going anywhere, and it will still be there waiting for me when I graduate college.
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No. If you want to compare it that way, you'd be comparing footwear as a whole. Sneakers are a small segment of footwear, just like PC Gaming is a small segment of computers. If you wanted a comparison, it would be people the flip PC components vs people that flip sneakers.
Haha, nothing is impossible to teach in school. It's fundamentals you'd teach, not specifics about parts. Anyone can learn it. It's not hard. Just like how I could easily teach someone how to flip mountain bike parts. I really hope it didn't take you thousands of hours. You could have 2 or more College degrees with that.