This whole job thing


Why is finding a job so problematic?  Never mind the unsuccessful job hunter, but even landing a job takes a whole lot of time, effort and stress.  That is a pretty fair statement.  But now with skyrocketing unemployment I am beginning to wonder how much the failing economies are affecting me personally.

Now, I am admittedly no economist, but it seems to me as though finding a job should not be this hard.  What I am most interested in exploring here is to what degree the United States and global economies are affecting me personally.  In other words, as a young American living in a pretty affluent area of New Jersey, how possible or likely is it I will be able to find a decent full time job for the next six months until I transfer to a four year college?

That is the key question, because I am not looking to enter the work force indefinitely at this point in time because I am much more interested in pursuing my studies further at a four year college.  This means I cannot be promising to work permanently, but only for about half of a year.  Besides that, I am pretty open to what exactly it is I am doing, I am flexible with both hours and pay, plus I just finished earning my Associates Degree at quite a respectable community college, as far as two-year schools go Raritan Valley is one of the best.

So because I am not overly well-versed in economics, I am going to essentially think out loud, or type out loud rather, about some things that are troubling me.  First, how does the global or even national economy affect me personally?  That is my central question.  Not only immediately, but I am also curious about the future forecast as well.  Is it even probable that I will be able to find a good full time job for the next six months?  I am open to working two part-time gigs, but I would prefer one full time place of employment.

Purposefully so, I am not being too specific with what I want.  I would rather avoid food service if I can because I have done that before and although the money can be pretty decent, the hours are far less than ideal, plus the income varies upon the night so it is not necessarily steady work.  Also, turnover rate is high so job security is not the best either.

While being realistic, I also feel as though my Associates of Arts degree should be good for something, other than just a means to an end as in transferring to a four year school.  Why can I not use the degree now?  I do not see jobs requiring an Associate’s Degree and I am just wondering why that is.  I know that not all people whom earn Associates continue onto a four year school.  So what do these people do to support themselves?

And I do really need to work, for multiple reasons, including but not limited to simple financial reasons.  I am hoping to work enough now, and over the next few months, to allow me the option of not having to work during my first semester away at college.  This is a completely rational goal, assuming I can find a job that is!

But that is what I am concerned about.  And, as stated, I am a curious as to how much the larger financial situation hurts me and my opportunities, i.e. job outlook. Not that finding out will change anything in and of itself, but I am very curious just to know nonetheless.  So please, enlighten me with your thoughts!  And no advanced economics degree required!!  Many thanks, and wish me luck.

Just another poor college student,

-Paul

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One thought on “This whole job thing”

  1. The economy effects you very greatly.

    CLUE: you are an innocent ant climbing up the trunk of a truly massive oak. Along come some politicians who tell everyone they’re here to fix the oak (they saw a few yellowing leaves waaay up at the top) so they give the tree some very hefty slugs of RoundUp. When the first lot produce no immediate noticeable effects they repeat the dose …

    No matter how localised your own innocent ant-like view half way up the tree, what was done by those politicians (effectively a world away from you) is in the future going to have some hefty effects. On you and your world.

    As above, so below.
    To summarise: money must have meaning—do a job for me, would you rather I gave you a note I write out then and there promising that one day I’ll redeem the note … or would you rather a gold coin? CLUE: in the last hundred years the US dollar (paper promissory note, not redeemable for anything) has lost 95 percent of its purchasing power—it takes a hundred dollars today to buy what just five dollars bought a hundred years ago (a one ounce gold coin today is worth one thousand six hundred and sixty dollars) … paper money isn’t worth doggy-doos.

    Economy is production.
    Produce enough to feed yourself, that’s break even. Produce more than that and you have a surplus, which you can trade for the surplus of other people … commerce and specialisation of labour. But if you don’t save back enough of your surplus corn to plant for next year, you’ll have a problem in the future.
    All is not lost however, someone may loan you some seed corn, or sell you some but is happy to be paid for it in the future … so now we’re into capitalism.

    Then along comes this motor-mouthed guy called a politician who has some big hairy thuggy brothers. He says that if you “Vote for me!” he’ll give you all the corn you want for free. Being lazy and unthinking you think WOW so you vote him in. He becomes God, and sets himself and his cronies up in fancy white houses … then sends his thugs around to take from you/everybody a substantial chunk of your production, no objections tolerated. Pay up or get thumped. You pay. He calls it ‘tax’ and gives it to any freeloader who will vote for him and help keep him in office — regardless of the fact that with a great deal of would-have-been seed corn now removed from the system both ‘capitalism’ and the economy itself are lurching.

    There—no advanced degree required. I wish you the very best of luck, you’ll need it.

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