Times are changing


I’ve been thinking about this earlier, but it hit me again while I was in shower earlier (no, not a dirty thing..). This probabpy adapts/works for your country too, but this is how it was/is in Finland.

My dad went to work while he was still studying his Master’s degree in Engineering. He did study straight from high school on until he got the Master’s in Engineering. Anyway, he did go to work, did his graduation work for the company. This was his first and only job from that time to today. Sure the company was merged to another, then one company bought them, they were merged again and so on, but he has worked in same place ever since. he has been promoted now and then, few raises and bonuses every year and so on.

This was how it was for his genetarion: you graduate and get yourself a good job and work there until you retire. That was the mentality, that was the goal. And my father accomplished that, sort of. Times have changed and he has been forced to manouver in the corporate world to maintain his status. Of course his degree and experience (one of the original engineers who designed the whole thing..) has been helping and the fact that he delivers what he promises and so on.. But now he’s waiting for the forthcoming merging with another company, no not waiting to work in new enviroment, but waiting for an package offer when they lay-offs start. He’d like to get the management’s package and not a job in new organisation. Yup, he’s got few years before retirement and he’s old enoguh to qualify for the retirement package in the company. ..he just fears they want to keep him after all.

And for me? I have been kind of floater since I got out of school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and tried this and that and that way built the idea of what I want to do. My brief work history, not in chronological order:

-Lumberjack, I loved it! physical work and you saw the progress of your work first hand

-Cabbie, I loved the driving, but the pay wasn’t good enough for me (I wasn’t good enough?)

-Bartender/Waiter, I loveed the job, but I did drink too much at that time..

-Tech support/customer care, loved the job and collegues, but it didn’t work out. A promise was broken and I left..

– Phone-sales, I did that for one afternoon and thought it wasn’t for me

There’s few other jobs, but you get the picture from those, I’ve done this and that.

For my generation it has been different: after graduating everyone wanted a job that would give good contacts, would look good in CV and would give good base for the next and better job. It’s still like this, I think and it’s even more competitive.

Few years back the companies were looking for ONLY just graduated, young people who would come cheaper but who would be hungry and extra-motivated. Now they also want 5-12 years of experience on top of that. How does it work? I think there’s something wrong with the picture: 24yrs old, Master’s degree and 10 years working experience?!

I’m 30 and will me closer to 35 when I graduate “for good”. I will have total of three degrees, 10years of work experience, I demand pay that matches the work and I know it’s not fun at work but I’m reasy to get things done, not only done but so that nobody can say it sucks. I hope it’s my kind of time then, because right now people like that are not too hot in job-market even though we have first hand experience from the “grass-roots” level of work force and have seen so many incompetent bosses to know good boss when we see. AND know how to be a good boss. 😉



About dobermann
Native Finn living in greater Helsinki area, currently in Vantaa. Still avoiding growing up, been somewhat succesful, thanks to my dogs. Passionate about music, hot rods & customs, dobermanns, motorcycles and everything I might foind interesting. I am just as boring in real life as I am in this blog. I do my best and have succeeded in it very well. Any other info, look from my posts or ask, thank you. D-Ma

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