Getting a Job and Keeping It Ain't What It Used To Be
Two Unemployed People
"What this country needs is more unemployed politicians"- Edward Langley.
My step-dad and I are both unemployed- it's the American way. Both of our situations are quite different: He has 45 years experience, including owning his own business, but never set foot in an institution of higher education. I have an impeccable education status, a finely tuned resume, but only a few years of actual experience. Basically, we are two people who represent the masses of those unemployed; some are skilled, some are educated, and if they're educated and skilled, they're probably still looking for work too.
Albert Einstein For Hire
"What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed?" - Gerald Barzan.
It's during this time that I wonder what people like Albert Einstein's resume would look like. Would a current employer even take a second glance at him? What would be his range of job opportunities? He dropped out of school, quoting his creativity got lost within the confines of strict learning methods. When he decided to go back to school, he failed the entrance exam. When he finally redeemed his education status, he only excelled in two areas: physics and math. After he graduated, it took him years to finally find a teaching job. Knowing all this, it doesn't make me feel as bad about my unemployed status.
Today, getting a degree, being 'well-rounded' (good at everything), and putting on a good game face during an interview is an expectation of employers. There are probably unemployed geniuses and unfound talents looking for work as I write this hub. There are also employed people with talent and knowledge being wasted at dead-end meager jobs that stunt their spirit.
"One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed" - Oscar Wilde.
I applied for a federal grant/loan to get an applicable certification, which would give me hard skills in a particular area, but federal government will not approve it because I had to be a 'degree seeking' applicant. Government wants us to get degrees, but what are they doing about all the unemployed degree holding people knowing that proof of skills is what employers are really searching for.
The irony of education is you learn how smart you are and what you are capable of, then you are turned loose into the real world where you work in a job that is far below your intelligence level. You are now smart enough to realize you are capable of so much more, but stuck in this job because of a bad economy. Gone are the days when someone worked a job their entire life and felt secure and compentent for that exact position.
Government is taking control, and I don't mean this in a favorable way. Obama is ensuring government has more control over more things in our country than ever. Is this good? People will vehemently argue both sides, but I'm not doing that here. People are already foregoing love and family in place of pleasing employers just to keep their meaningless job. Many generations ago, we depended on our family to support us and be our support system, and now we depend on the government.
Quote from 1999 Office Space movie - "We don't have a lot of time on this earth. We weren't meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements."