- From: "Alex W." <ingilt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 02:39:35 -0000
"Miss Elaine Eos" <Misc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
In article <5p78e0Fpg146U1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"Alex W." <ingilt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
FWIW, while a CHANGE in job could happen to almost anyone at any time,
there will ALWAYS be a demand for hard working smart people who get
things done in any field. Hence "...can always get a job just about
anywhere" applies to pretty much anyone who wants it.
You're such an optimist...
That's me! :)
Nowadays, it really only works if you have a *very* generous definition
"any field" which includes a willingness to switch careers and
at need, to move anywhere for a job, and to engage in lifelong formal
I'd be interested in hearing a counter example of a field where hard
working smart people who get things done have difficulty finding
employment in the U.S...
2002, the IT field.
(Actually, I'd be surprised if things for those people were rough in ANY
developed nation. But, as you point out, I'm something of an optimist :)
Continental Europe is full of them. Contrary to myth, many long-term
unemployed in France, Germany and other industrialised European nations do
in fact want to work, and badly so. For that matter, employers also want to
hire more staff, as the current expansion leaves many of them quite
But it's hard to get the two together: on the one side, businesses find it
cheaper to pay overtime and hire contract labour because restrictive laws
ensure that once hired, a worker is very very hard to fire. On the other
side, there is still not enough appreciation among the workforce that your
degree from twenty years ago plus work experience are no longer enough and
that one's skills need to be continually updated.