Several months ago I wrote a feature dealing with our generation and tabbed us “the Disposable Generation.” Now it seems we, those of us not wanting, or affording to be retired completely, are also among the “unemployable generation.”
We are not alone in that grouping however, move over for the 45 year olds and up too, because they are right in there with us, according to e-mail I have been receiving from our Vegas Voice readers.
In light of this chatter, I reached out to friends and family that lost jobs and some that wanted to switch jobs in the past years or so and was surprised and the education I received.
I know things have changed in the past 12 years since my retirement, but here is the way it is today. One man who contacted us is 45, has a degree in business management but had a stroke last year and it affected his speech. While he was hospitalized, then recovering he lost his job.
It took almost a year of searching for him to find another, and in that time he applied for all kinds of jobs including driving a medi-bus, where the job requirement included being able to perform CPR and other medical training, along with helping patients on and off the van. Finally, after more than a year, the only job he was able to get was driving a truck at Home Depot for minimum wage. I guess one might say, at least he has a job, most places he applied the response was “you are over qualified.”
Over qualified, to me that means sorry you are too old! We all know when we apply for a job that is beneath what we have been trained to do, we are qualified to do so much more. The point is, if we want to eat, pay the mortgage, buy our medication, feed our family, we need to work or go one the “dole.”
In my opinion, many of our generation would agree that pride gets in the way of that unless there is absolutely no other way. We really don’t need to be told we are over qualified. We need people to realize that with age comes knowledge that should be utilized not thrown away.
“New brooms do sweep cleaner than the old” but there is really something to be said about those “really comfortable old shoes” too!