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Un(der)employment Blues

By des949penn ·
Like Eric Hoffer, the autodidact who blended a doctorate in philosophy and authorship of several works with employment as a longshoreman, I long ago decided that life was too short to invest in one high-pressure career path. I've worked in accounting, transportation and cybernetics (though only low-level help desk), held jobs as diverse as railroad signalman and cemetery manager.

But as I've advanced through middle age, and the traditional economy has deteriorated, the way forward has become less secure. Several of the recent jobs have ended with "dirty tricks", such as termination shortly before vestment of benefits, or manadatory cross-training without a pay increase.

Those familiar with my previous posts know that I retain a strong belief in a free economy. Some wise decisions at an early age, and the recognition that I knew the risk I was taking when I made the choice have made the outcome easier to swallow. But not all career changes are voluntary, both the education and human-resources fields are heavily influenced by the thinking of the politically correct, and it is the displaced mature male who is most likely to fall through the cracks, occasionally with bitter consequences.

So I'd like to hear from others among us who have felt the pinch of the post-industrial revolution from time to time. What have you done, how do you cope, and where will it all lead?

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