This is old news now, and Candidate Rubio’s grammar isn’t the issue. It’s actually a comedic distraction. Everyone who cares about grammar and usage, myself included, tried to correct and make fun of him instead of looking at the substance of what he said.
I’m not sure whether guidance counselors should hand graduating seniors a crystal ball or a magic 8-ball for picking out what they want to do after high school. Whether the boy or girl goes to community college, a university, vocational training, and/or bounces from job to job until he or she finds something that is a ‘good fit’…whatever they do, you cannot predict future job prospects.
The needs of any industry can change in a few months. Technological advances are being adopted faster and faster. Your vocational curricula could change directions before you complete your certifications. You have no control over that. However you can control how you respond to it.
I worked at a newspaper for nearly 20 years. During that time we went from cutting type out of sheets of velox paper, a job that did not require computer skills, to everyone having to learn to use a mouse. This was a major shift in technology and process, and valued skillsets became obsolete.
Why then are politicians pontificating as to what career choices people should make? Mr. Rubio’s ability to guess about the future of careers and industry is just as good or bad as everyone else’s. In other words, he doesn’t have a clue either.
I wouldn’t presume to tell you what career to pursue. That is for you to decide. What we need are conscious, thinking people who value life more than they do money, power, and control.
After 35-ish years in the workforce, I’ve dealt with companies changing hands and headcount reductions. It’s very stressful on many levels, and never ends up quite the way those in charge start out telling you. Opportunities that are suggested can disappear off the table the next day. When you’re working in a non-union setting/at-will setting you’re fortunate if you’re given any advance notice or reason why the change is happening.If the owners/upper management folks are decent, they’ll give you time to prepare for the adjustment.
And it will adjust.
During one or two of these business shifts I’ve had to deal with immediate supervisors who weren’t exactly truthful or were just being jerks. I was unable to respond in kind because I needed whatever severance package was being offered, and or to be laid off and not quit or be fired so that I wouldn’t have problems applying for unemployment once it was finally over.
I hated that…the needing.
When a job ends, the goal is always to get to the end with whatever final benefits in hand. So I’ve held my tongue in these situations, and some days it took a good deal more self control than others. The managers in question probably saw me as weak because I wouldn’t pop off and give them an excuse to let me go prematurely. I wasn’t a coward, I was playing my hand.