It’s no secret that jobs are harder to come by than ever. The current generation is faced with a more difficult environment than their parents, or their grandparents — you’d have to extend your scope back to the 1930s to find an economic and employment situation as dire as this.
That’s the bad news. What’s the good news? Well, the generation that weathered the Great Depression saw huge advances in their economic potential — not merely compared to the Depression years, but to any previous period of American history. This means that although the next few years may be a significant struggle, the following years have every chance of making up for it.
In the short term, the single best thing that one can do is develop useful job skills with an eye on current and future trends. Sure, it sounds easy when you put it like that, but don’t go crazy and starting buying yourself gift baskets, understand that the practical application is often another matter.
Just remember: no learning, no training is ever wasted. Employers are looking for specific skills and experience, and now more than ever have a pool of candidates to pick and choose from. That’s fine if you’ve been doing exactly what they want for years, but chances are you’ve seen the necessity of broadening your search — which usually means that you’re applying for jobs that are ‘only sort of like’ what you’ve been doing.
Or, in the most difficult situation, you’re just starting out with what you may think are no skills, nothing to offer aside from a basic education — or not even that much (another obvious tip: go for the next level in your education, whether it’s a high school diploma, GED, associates, bachelors, or other college degree).
No matter what your situation, no matter what your prospects seem to be, you can put yourself in a better position. It’s difficult to recognize this when you are worried about today’s rent, tomorrow’s food, and yesterday’s utility bills, but there are programs and funds set aside exactly for people in such situations.
The hardest part is often realizing that you can.