I can’t tell you how many times I have been laid off in my short life. I lived in a rural community transformed to a deserted ghost town by the numerous trade acts and innovation. I can’t tell you how much this piece resonated with me. I felt like I had to piece meal my life to get my kids to adulthood, much like your father. Even after getting “retrained,” attaining the highly touted undergrad degree, it’s essentially worthless. I feel that nothing prevents us from being ultimately unemployed except sheer luck. I didn’t discourage my kids from pursuing undergrad degrees, but I did for graduate degrees. Instead, I asked them to pursue a skill or trade to aid with gaps in employment which is inevitable.
We can no longer depend on any employer to be our daily bread. Working in today’s workforce is seasonal work. When they employee’s season is over, the employers move on to the next season with no regard for how sudden disruption of employment will impact their lives, looking for the next desperate person to use up and dispose of.
Being fired unexpectedly sucks, but not knowing where your next employment opportunity will come from in our ever shrinking economy sucks more. The older I get, the more I learn that nothing stays the same. I also learned you’re a FOOL to be loyal to any employer today. You basically have to keep your eyes on the pulse of the entire world in order to prepare for change. It’s a hard pill to swallow we are all so disposable to corporations. I don’t know if I will ever see the day when corporations pay for the emotional, financial, and psychological traumas inflicted upon the workforce they so flippantly use…but I sure do hope so. This was a great piece. It’s a warning for the wise. I am your father.