posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 11:07 AM
I hear you.
I'm 30, living in northern Ontario. Its pretty bad up here. The hey day of the mining sector up here died in the 80s. These days its like a roller
coaster. One year its good and the mining companies hire like crazy, the next few years everyone is unemployed and the crime rate skyrockets. Also, we
were one of the hardest hit Canadian centers in 2008the because our local economy relied so much on the markets.
Safe to say my adult life has been similar to yours. I had a dead end telecommunications job for seven years after graduating from a three year
technologist program in electrical engineering. Couldn't get a job in the trade unless you had family in high places or you were in the top
percentile of your class or one of the most outstanding of the group. Good work ethic means nothing, its who you know and who you are related to.
The middle class pretends they are wealthy and lord it over everyone who is not. Up here, they spit on the poor in the streets. The job stats are
such. Usually 8% unemployment, actual jobless rate is probably 20% however. According to the census, over 60% of all people earning a wage live below
the poverty line. The crime is rampant, large sections of the city is used for the hordes of unemployed and drug addicted as a loitering spot around
the clock. The city bus station is an unofficial homeless shelter to the point that at any given time, up to 60%you of the people at the bus station
are just hanging out there, not using the bus. Roving gangs of drunks and addicts who shake down people in the street for money and smokes. Our jails
are full, court system a revolving door.
I am back in college now in a really good program, one that I originally wanted to take when I was younger but didn't have the balls to. I quit my
job and cashed in my pension in order to go back, sold whatever I could. I took out another loan but who cares its not like I was ever able to pay
back my current debtload anyways. My job paid well however long term sustainability didn't look good. I couldn't find anything better in the seven
years I was there. My wife only made minimum wage however she's back in school as well, earned one diploma and is working towards a second one now.
People told us we were crazy, to throw away our incomes and get rid of our cars and such. I can tell you I'm much happier now. We don't have the
stress of the crappy jobs we worked at that made us depressed and feel like we were worthless. We felt the same too, like this is the best that it
gets. Well let me tell you , the careers we chose, after much research, have huge demands, and can get our family the hell out if this northern s$&t
hole for good and off to greener pastures.
My advice to you, make a plan, no matter how off the wall or impossible it might seem, and run with it. Take risks if you must. Its better to take a
risk to possibly make your life better than to do nothing and lose everything in the end. Just remember, things are the way they are because there are
too many of the older generation (baby boomers) in the workforce who are hoarding all the cash. Guess what's gonna happen? When they start dropping
off from the workforce, and start being shoved into retirement homes, or buying dream homes with their savings, the money will flood the markets but
there will be nobody to work the jobs. By 2020, there will be so many job vacancies in the market, that any professional will be able to take their
pick. You will be high seniority within the first five years of a career. Its going to be insane. The biggest chunk of baby boomers will reach
retirement age in about three years, then there will start a massive exodus from the workforce the likes of which has never been seen. The Canadian
govt is so worried in fact that they are creating fictitious labour force demands to get people into school now so there are bodies ready to go when
it happens. I imagine the US is no different.
Just hang in there, make a plan, stick with it, you'll be fine in five years time as long as you apply yourself and don't give up.
I remember someone told me years ago, a teacher I believe, who said, at first we are gonna be screwed, because of the numbers in the workforce, but
then there will be huge opportunity. I never thought nothing of it when I was a teen, but now I am slowly starting to realize it.
Hang in there man \m/