Nietzsche or Anti-Nietzsche? Do not mind me!
Perhaps I am off base, but I would assume
that most of you are more established, somewhat older individuals.
Keeping this in mind, I figured that I would respectfully chime in with
my opinion, as a recent college grad and early career professional.
Something that I see missing from a lot of the discourse occuring at
this, and other sites, is a realistic view of the current job market for
young and/or entry-level job seekers. Being the great grandson of
sharecroppers, and the greatnephew of a woman who literally drove those
who refused to take the bus during the Montgomery boycott, I understand
the power of opportunity. I won merit based scholarships, that allowed
me to attend very prestigious schools, and worked the whole way through
as well. I understand that nothing is given, and dues always have to be
That being said, this economy is not what it was when you guys were
looking for jobs. Employers know that they have us, for lack of a
better phrase, by the balls. Unemployment is high, and if we didn't
know we all weren't special snowflakes before, we sure do now. People
with Masters Degrees are happy to get a job in retail. The s*** has hit
the fan. It is BRUTAL out there.
Do you guys understand that nothing can be taken for granted anymore?
I was literally told by a former boss that one should not apply for a
job today that you aren't comfortable doing forever. "Entry level" is
becoming more of a misleading misnomer day after day. Raising the
minimum wage doesn't just help unskilled or, as it has been suggested
here, unmotivated, workers. Most entry-level jobs here in Chicago
requiring a Bachelors, pay no more than $12/hr. Only $3/hr more than
the increased hike.
BARACK OBAMA has long made income inequality a central theme of his
second-term agenda. He has already tackled inequality from the top by
preserving tax cuts for everyone but the rich. In his address to
Congress on February 12th, he dealt with it from below, proposing to
raise the federal minimum wage by 24%...
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