Monday, June 6, 2016

Microstory 336: Capacity to Provide

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Job Security

So far, I’ve discussed finding job security, and trying to become as financially sound as possible, but it’s all been mostly about the individual. Many people however, do not only have themselves to provide for. They have other responsibilities; to their spouses, to their children, and to other family members in need. Of course, if this is not the kind of life you’re looking for, that’s perfectly okay. But if it is, then there are certain extra things that you will need to consider. A single job at minimum wage is probably not going to cut it if you have to support other people. Job security is that much lower in a situation like this, so when and if you ever find something, you’ll always be feeling that much more pressure to both keep it, and to find something better. I personally only have to provide for myself, and I’ve not been able to do a great job of it. I don’t know what I would do if someone else were relying on me. Maybe I would use that in interviews, and maybe it would help. Maybe recruiters have hesitated to hire me once it becomes clear from their perspective that I’m “not as needy” as some of the other candidates. I can’t know for sure, but I know that there are lots of people out there struggling even more than me to take care of their loved ones. If you’re one of these people, you’ll have to think more about your priorities. It’s become a recent trend for college students to move on to postgraduate studies because of how tough the job market is. It is as yet unclear whether this works. Getting more training or education could help you land a better job, but it could also take time and money away from you in the meantime. You have to do the math and figure whether it’s worth it; how much, or how little, of an advantage it would even give you. You decide.


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