posted on Jul, 20 2018 @ 04:29 PM
I've found that the old saying "if you work hard you will be rewarded" is largely flawed because there seems to be an ever moving goal line for
what is enough in just about every field from sports to education to business. There always seems to be some added unknown condition after reaching
the goal or some unknown "other" who has the same talent, more experience, etc but was "invisible" or unknown when working to attain the goal. I
first noticed this in High school but didnt' really understand the way it worked but it became very evident and prolific while in college and when
entering the job market.
When I was in college studying business and IT, most of my class mate in my major seemed completely uninterested in technology. I'd say the vast
majority didn't even have computers in their apt or dorm (and they weren't very expensive then for even a mid level new machine) and most seemed
incapable of discussing anything tech related except for a very few minority who were "tech nerds". I spent much more time learning on my own about
current tech, not 4-10 year old stuff being taught in class, though I learned that stuff just fine as it was easy after knowing the current stuff. Me
and the other "tech nerds" could have easily worked for an IT company doing support and admin, but very few of us ever got job offers even though we
were most qualified. What we saw was internships being given to people who may have had good grades but seemed completely opposite from hectically
inclined people. Many of them had close relationships with professors who helped them get internships or jobs. It was almost impossible to find a
job (professional position) without having an internship first, so I did my best to find one and moved 1,000 miles away for 4 months to work for just
over minimum wage and no credits. The internships through the school, some paid more than what graduates were making & had BENEFITS & credits!
Once I graduated with an internship I started looking for work and it seemed that everyone required 3+ years of experience (not internships anymore),
so I took jobs wherever I could and most were relatively pretty bad as far as experience, pay and working environment, as compared to what other
classmates (who seemed totally inept technically) had found. As contracts expired and I looked for new jobs, the new requirement was a degree,
experience and certifications (which require paying to take a course and at least a test and was expensive). So every job posting had cert's as a
requirement and all the resume's posted all seemed to have lots of certs, degrees and experience, where 1 year ago, I rarely saw certs on resumes
(maybe 10-20%). I continued contract work and did'n' get my certs. After about 3 years the new requirements didn't include certs at all anymore
and I was told by some employment agencies and HR departments that they didn't mean a whole lot any more, because lots were faked (people paying
others to take the test online, selling tests, etc) but now they wanted masters degrees and 3-10 years experience in mid level support. On top of all
this, the pay was about the same as when I left college if it hadn't dropped by 10-20%.
In addition to wanting people to have a masters degree the list of reponsibilities for the job was a mile long and the needed skills had expanded from
doing just hardware/networking/system/OS support to now include software programming, web design & programming, things that used to be their own
specialty were now included in the normal IT admin role and all of this for less pay (by maybe 1/2 & no where near the benefits) of some internships
people had in college.
Now I know this isn't just in IT but that sector seems pretty hard hit by it. We were told starting salaries would be $55-70K upon graduation and
many were lucky to find part time work making over $12 an hour, even people who were extremely skilled in tech. I saw the same thing happen in my
girlfriends field (marketing) where she got an extremely well paid internship with a huge insurance company and I don't even know what she did, I
don't think she did either besides making & giving some power point presentations with all the information supplied to her. It seemed a young pretty
face was worth a lot in that field and they were willing to pay a lot for a little work.
What was most disturbing is all through college and much of my professional career I found that many of those working in the field hardly worked or
were basically inept in what they were doing. I had a relative working for one of the largest global IT companies for 30+ years and I asked him what
he did at least 30 times and I never figured out what he did other than instruct new clients. I was also dumbfounded at the pedestrian level of
technical know-how for someone working in IT for 30 years. During my internship of 4 months I can't tell you one thing that changed or was updated
at the company (8 in the IT department) that I didn't have hands in doing and it wasn't b/c I wasn't involved, the dept was an open book to the IT
workers, it was just that it seemed no work was done. A web page of employees hadn't been updated in over 2 years (on person was hired for this
specifically - it was 1/2 of her job) the manager of the flagship hotel had been there for 2 years and the page still showed the old manager - it
would take 2-3 mins to change it b/c his bio & pic was on the server just not added.
Have others noticed this in business or the education system? It seems like it is there to push courses and suck in money through "teaching" people
what they need to get a job, then once that level is reached, a new requirement and course is added. All this causes people to go into debt and become
slaves who have to work $8/hr jobs to pay off their debts.
For those who think slavery ended, they are truly fooled. It never ended it just changed form and they allowed a small SELECT portion of the
"public" to become wealthy (making say $100+ per year) and pointing to them saying "look anyone can do it, just work hard". I think they pick
idiots to become wealthy because it gives more weight to their claim that "anyone can do it", and they know that when people attack this system the
idiots will stick up for themselves thinking that they got there on their own genius and hard work, not by cutting corners, breaking laws, exploiting
the system, cronyism, having the right last name, skin color, religion, etc - and they won't see that others more qualified than they don't make it
because they weren't "chosen". It's a willful blindness and ignorance on top of arrogance that allows them to sleep at night.