One aspect of family communications this week touched and concerned the ease or otherwise of securing secure employment today compared with say the 1970s. My own view is that the burgeoning C21 population has, not at least in the UK really altered individuals' job prospects in the long term.
Of course when disasters occur such as post Lehman Bros Banks collapsing, employment took substantial hits but this affected most of the Western world and not just the UK. Interestingly the employment statistics in both the USA (moderate left wing president) and the UK (moderate right wing prime minister) have recovered substantially from the state they were in post banks' collapse whereas some parts of continental Europe are not so far experiencing recoveries of that nature. Greece may alter that though I am pessimistic.
The issue also arose in the family emails whether young people in C21 say 2015 have more difficulties in securing employment than their counterparts did in C20 say 1972?
Personal experiences led me to make this comment:
... but "jobs were easy to come by" was not applicable in 1971 at least as regards solicitors for it took ages and ages of searching for articles then. I gather is much the same today save that instead of 'articles' the usually young prospective solicitors look for 'training contracts'.
As for jobs generally in 2014/5, all 4 of our children have so far found jobs after dints of searching and none have been unemployed.This probably represents the current position of most young people ... at least in London - if you want a job you can get one. I say that because the unemployment rate in the UK is comparatively low so those who really want jobs today especially in London should be able to get them if they make the effort and are prepared perhaps to take a lower than ideal salary but then work their way up. Of course some people perhaps through no fault of their own have no where to live or other major difficulties which inhbit/prevent them looking from obtaining jobs but mostly people in the UK in C21 can and do find employment if they are able to look diligently.
Baby boomer time is more about feeding the world, CO2 and space to live etc rather than employment because the more people there are the more jobs are needed.
Largely bros and sisters agreed though of course there are many other concerns today, not the least of which are feeding the world, climate change and in some cases man's inhumanity to man.