Surviving the post-employment economy
The author argues that in the new economy, it’s people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Last updated: 03 Nov 2013 08:50
Sarah Kendzior is a St Louis-based writer who studies politics and media.
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Individuals internalise the economy’s failure, as a media chorus excoriates them over what they should have done differently. They jump to meet shifting goalposts; they express gratitude for their own mistreatment: their unpaid labour, their debt-backed devotion, their investment in a future that never arrives.
And when it does not arrive, and they wonder why, they are told they were stupid to expect it. They stop talking, because humiliation is not a bargaining chip. Humiliation is a price you pay in silence – and with silence.
People can always make choices. But the choices of today’s workers are increasingly limited. Survival is not only a matter of money, it is a matter of mentality – of not mistaking bad luck for bad character, of not mistaking lost opportunities for opportunities that were never really there.
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I agree that the “job market” has shifted as it has many times in my career.
It’s a game.
The seeker has to find the place for them to find their bliss.
Unfortunately what was true for me in the 60’s (i.e., get a job a big company and work your way up) is no longer true.
Ditto: get a Gooferment job.
Ditto: get a PhD.
Ditto: go to Wall Street in some manner.
I THINK (and it’s just my opinion) the model for today’s jobseeker is be in your own business.
Can’t tell you what business that is, but you have to be your own boss.
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