There’s not a lot to say about this week’s hilarious and perceptive clip. In the video, Chris Rock explains the difference between a job and a career. Your view of it will depend largely on your age and work history. We saw the video years ago, and it resonated deeply with us. We hope you enjoy it.
Underemployment isn’t only a problem in the United States. It’s a global issue. In our July Interview with Maureen Judge, director of the Canadian documentary, My Millennial Life, she discussed the underemployment problem hanging over many of Canada’s youth.
Since our website launched back in March, we’ve received several emails from people in other countries, asking to write for us. In response to that request, we’re debuting a new section: Underemployment Around the Globe. The section will feature voices from around the world, talking about their lives, and sharing what their underemployed life looks and feels like for them.
In preparation for that new section, we selected as this week’s clip, a news report from Australia on increasing underemployment among the country’s younger population. The video is a little under four minutes, and we’d swear, if you took away the adorable Aussie accents, you’d have little idea you weren’t watching news from the United States.
When we’re little, the message most of us get is-“You can be anything you want.” Once we hit 7th grade or so, the message changes to-“Good luck with your life, it’s a fucking zoo out there.” That’s a serious extreme. We get trained to accept less as we get older, and in this difficult economy, we’re often told “It could be worse, at least you have a job,” from well meaning, but wrongheaded friends and acquaintances. It’s no wonder lots of people settle for jobs that don’t satisfy them in any meaningful way.
Our take is-No one, and we mean no one, should go to work and think “Well, only 9 more hours until I get to go home, and be free of this crappy job until tomorrow.” We spend more time at work than anywhere else in our lives. Yet, so many of us get stuck in jobs that are lacking in joy, meaning, or stimulation of any kind. The reasons why we get stuck are complex. There’s no singular answer for it. However, the way our economy is driven, most of us never hear real encouragement about doing something we love, and how to pursue it once we find it.
This week’s clip deals with finding meaningful work. It’s a short, but inspiring, commentary by author, Malcolm Gladwell. In the video, Gladwell discusses how following your passion, and investing time in work that feeds your passions, can ultimately give you the kind of life you want, a livable wage included. Check it out, and let us know if you agree or disagree with him.
The first entry we chose, comes courtesy of the New Rules section on the HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher. In this segment, Maher delivers a blistering assessment of our culture’s passive acceptance of a proper work/life balance. We wrote about this problem back in April, and think it’s an important issue that needs more attention.
Far too many companies say they respect their employees off the clock time. However, the reality is those same companies are taking up much more of their worker’s time through mandatory overtime, mandatory off day meetings, off duty access to work emails, and other work related detritus, and….well, watch Bill’s take on it, and tell us what you think, on our message boards.