Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's Wrong With This Picture?

People are lining up at McDonaldses to apply for a job.

I'll tell you what's wrong: they're people who got laid off from their careers.

Why is it wrong? How can I compete with someone who has 20+ years of experience on their resume? I've been working since I was 16, but that only translates into 8 years of work experience.

I can't. I can't compete.

So I'm trapped. I'm working two jobs and competing with people who are double my age. How can I become a contributing member of society if I can't be employed enough to support myself?

I can't.

Don't get me wrong: I know what it's like to be laid off, I worked the retail route for several years and helped close down 3 stores. I've quit one job (my first job so I could start working at my second) and been fired from one job (for being an overachiever). I've been around the block, but not as much as these people I'm competing with. Not only have they been around the block a few times, they probably own property on it that's going to be foreclosed if they don't get another job. And with jobs disappearing all over the place, they have to go somewhere:

Back to the beginning.

Except the younger generation is already there, and we can't compete.

In some ways, I'm looking forward to the economical history that passes in the next few years, waiting for the next boom to happen. In other ways (namely that I have to struggle through them), I'm not.