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Re: What country are sharp window air conditioners made?
said by scross:All quite true. For those fortunate enough to have the intellect, or to be in the right field, there continues to be strong demand for their skills.
Ah, but you see, there's the rub! Historically, for an agricultural job all you really needed was a strong back and a willingness to work. Education didn't matter much, so anybody who could and would do the job could usually find work. This scenario still plays out in the migrant farm worker world, where you don't even have to speak the local language in order to do the job.
But for non-agricultural work, you generally have to have some education and/or training, and today you have people who've spent considerable time and money going to college and maybe beyond, perhaps going in massive debt in the process, only to find that there are minimal jobs out there for them. This is HUGE difference from the past, and people are only slowly coming to realize that such extended education is probably no longer particularly smart nor cost-effective. So it's really more a matter of choosing the RIGHT education (four or more years of college is no longer automatically the correct choice), in a field where you expect there will be ongoing or at least near-time demand, and also knowing that you may end up having to repeat this process multiple times during your working career.
For those with hardcore science and engineering degrees, companies are hiring them before they graduate. I have five positions right now that I can't fill because there's so much demand for CS types.
Actually, the problem goes much farther back. There needs to be a rethinking of how we teach our young. Bring back an emphasis on science, math, and engineering. They never go out of style, no matter what you find yourself doing down the road.