Underemployed.

University education, post-secondary education – education in general as a means to an end. Yet when that end reaches us, how are we to actually achieve our goals if the end is not the desired outcome, but rather an empty void filled with lies and talk.

 

People often talk of this generation – the present younger generation – as unable to break into the market. Tell me, how are they supposed to enter this game when the mess you created is not fixed? Sure they “could” fix it on their own, but only if they had the resources, the political power, and the will to do so (they lack resources and political power). Thus the “old guard” continues to use them in ways they see fit – underemployment for people whose qualifications are quite high is a common sight. University-educated young adults are working in low-wage industries like security, and the service sector (waiters, etc) where they are paid just two to three dollars more than minimum wage and are expected to break into the housing market and start a family. Well grandpa, back in your day things weren’t better off either (recall the Great Depression folks), yet you had one element that helped drive your generation out of it: war. Now I don’t support going to war for the purpose of kick-starting the economy, but the element that made it all happen was a sudden injection of real action into the pool of an otherwise still water environment.

Countries roared to life once more as manufacturing and industry began its work to supply a vast military to fight in the second world war – we need that sort of stimulation once more (just without the Nazis and the fighting). However the outcome looks bleak – older people are retiring later and later, and industries are outsourcing to foreign countries where wages are lower (banks, tech firms, and factories do the same thing these days), thus the two-pronged attack on prosperity in this day and age will cripple us all and leave us in a destitute state. With governments unwilling (or unable due to blocking in their respective legislative assemblies) to take real action and find real solution outside of striking committee after committee, I am afraid this downward spiral will continue into the future so long as those incompetent monkeys are left to run the nation – but hey, young people craved change, and so change is what we will have, it just isn’t the good kind of change.

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One response to “Underemployed.”

  1. ryan59479 says :

    I find “underemployment” to be an interesting term, because it smacks of over-generalization. The term implies that there is a universally desired amount of work or something, and while I’m sure economists would define underemployment as “Desire to work full time with an inability to find full time work,” I think that paints with a pretty broad brush.

    For a lot of people, 40 hours/week/50 weeks/year isn’t really desirable or optimal for them. I’m a millennial (the term still sticks in my craw) and a lot of us simply don’t want to work that much. Or at least we don’t want to be defined by the previous generation’s paradigm about the value of work.

    I know a lot of people, myself included, who are perfectly happy working part-time or on a contract basis in some kind of independent gig. Certainly that isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. And certainly that kind of work won’t usually let someone live “The American Dream.” But if you don’t buy into that whole imagine, then “optimal full time employment” is really a moot point.

    I see your points about the debt of education and the slow spiral of prosperity, but at the same time I think that a lot of people see that as an opportunity of sorts. A lot of young people simply don’t want to play that game anyway. They don’t want to spend the majority of their lives working. They want to spend more time with their friends and families, even if that means living a very scaled down, economically simple life.

    Maybe that’s a romanticized view when it comes to an economic downturn, but I think there’s some merit in shifting away from valuing work more than relationships.

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