[Kooler] Is the US already bankrupt?
joliver at john-oliver.net
Tue Dec 31 12:14:46 PST 2002
On Tue, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:02:32PM -0600, Gabriel Sechan wrote:
> >All high-tech jobs are in the decline. Where have you been?
> Making more money than either of my parents will make in their lives, with
> no debts, and good job prospects for the rest of my life. Where are you?
Famous last words... :-) One thing the past 20 years or so have taught
us is that there's no such thing as lifetime job security any more,
unless you have so much money in the bank that you can't spend the
interest fast enough.
Besides, making "more money than either of my parents will make in their
lives" doesn't mean much, in and of itself. Sure, our parents made $100
a week or something... but that was plenty to have a nice house in the
suburbs, white picket fence, etc. What I'm making now would be a
staggering sum for 50 years ago, but is probably average today. *And*
despite 7 years in my current field and a reasonable breadth (and even
in some areas some depth!) of knowledge and experience, I do not see
that I have a "lifetime of good job prospects". Maybe, if the economy
turns around, and it gets back in vogue to hire IT people, I'll be OK
until the cycle comes around again. But I wish to God I knew how to do
something other than monkey with computers right now.
John Oliver, CCNA http://www.john-oliver.net/
Linux/UNIX/network consulting http://www.john-oliver.net/resume/
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