a reply to: toysforadults
I've lived in these types of places for 15 years now. Here's the problem, the old jobs are not coming back. People aren't unwilling to work, they're
unwilling to obtain the necessary education. They want to do blue collar unskilled work like coal mining, truck driving, and loading/unloading
freight (those last two being what the industry in that town in your first video shifted to after many years), even you, going by your posts over the
past year, are looking at the blue collar side of IT work.
That doesn't get anyone anywhere.
5 years ago I actually took some advice from someone in one of these threads on this topic, and they were 100% right. If you're going to get an
education, pick a school and a major where companies come to the school and hire substantial numbers of students in their junior year. Internships
for all (or even permanent positions), and keep the ones who work out after they graduate.
I did that with my current program. We had a large company in Columbus (Nationwide) come to our school and hire the entire graduating class before
mine, sight unseen. They said that if you were good enough to pass our program, you were good enough to work for them. I was hired directly out of
the program by a fortune 500 company, before graduating. They liked my work enough that we recently expanded and hired two more of my classmates,
literally because they went through the same program.
I also happen to work in a factory (on the days I'm not remote). I've taken a lot of # in the past year from factory workers and technicians who
deride my education, lots of comments like college boy and such (not all though, the vast majority of people are nice, decent, polite individuals).
Something I'm watching play out with a friend of mine right now, that people don't seem to grasp. Their general plan is to get a degree, and use that
degree to get a job. The problem, is that a degree doesn't actually make you stand out. While it's something few have in terms of general population
statistics, anyone under serious consideration for a job is going to have a degree. Most of them (outside of new grad specific positions) will also
have some number of years of experience. Degrees do not get you jobs, you need a degree to get a good job, but it's what you bring above and beyond
that will get you hired.
For this reason, 4 year degrees are not enough. That's why we have so much underemployment in the US. The jobs don't justify a graduate degree in
many cases, but a degree holder with little to no accomplishments just isn't an interesting hire.
Think about this, the average rate in the US is roughly 1 employer response per 100 resumes sent out. That's a very low hit rate, and it means
there's a problem with peoples resumes. They just aren't interesting enough to get an interview... that's why so much of the system has moved to a
tangled web of personal network contacts and recommendations that bypass HR.