How I Found Out Job Security Is A Myth
Job Security Is A Myth.
Tomorrow the sun will rise, later in the day it will set. This is part of a short list of life events you can always count on. If you're fortunate your list may include the unconditional love of a family member, your disdain for turtle neck sweaters, and certainty that today's music will never be as good as what you grew up on. If your list includes your current job always being there - wake up, smell the coffee, Job security is a myth! I too was in your shoes until I was hit with the cold hard truth.
"Job security is a myth!"
Your job is not guaranteed.
Do recession-proof jobs exist? The 2008 Financial crisis resulted in an unemployment peak at 10.2%. This was almost 2 years in when the recession had already ended. In contrast, just 2 months into the 2020 Pandemic and 10's of millions of people have filed for unemployment bringing the unemployment rate to over 14%. Among this 14% are many professions that were once seen as “secure”.
As I reached out to friends and colleagues, teachers, doctors, physician assistants, information technologists to reconnect while sheltering-in-place I heard stories of how some had been fired, furloughed, hours reduced or had pay cuts. Over 1 million health care workers lost their jobs. Ironically, the profession on the front-lines fighting the pandemic was having trouble finding work.
Past recessions have shown us retail, finance, hospitality, and tech jobs may be subject to massive layoffs however, the 2020 pandemic created new fear in the perceivably secure health care field. If these other essential workers could lose their jobs, how safe was I? That was when the truth became uncomfortably real, your job is not guaranteed.
“ If these other essential workers could lose their jobs, how safe was I? That was when the truth became uncomfortably real, your job is not guaranteed. ”