How Safe Is your Job From Some Greener, Younger, Cheaper Grad?

how safe is your job

how safe is your job

It was a huge dilemma to decide what to study or specialise in – in the knowledge it would consume a large chunk of your life.

Decision made, willingly or not, you invested several long hard years at University to make yourself employable, desirable, more learned.

You’ve been following that path for some time now.

Maybe, you’re feeling a bit tired, jaded, and ‘same old same old’?

Maybe, you’ve realised ‘the times they are a changing’?

Not having grown up with an ipad in your crib, it’s possible you’re just managing to keep abreast of the technological changes?

What’s your Insurance?

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So, we were chatting this smart, good looking, 34 year old young man the other day. Let’s call him Isaac to protect his identity. He looks a bit like a young Harrison Ford, but he’s up to his eyeballs in student debt, and has no assets to speak of.

Isaac studied Geology at Uni, and loved it so much he went on to complete a PhD – thinking he’d attract a big fat salary in the oil and gas industry, which would enable him to pay off his student loan, so he could live happily ever after.

BUT . . . it didn’t work out like that!

And back in 2009 the oil and gas industry had a seismic jolt when an excess supply of oil and gas from the North American shale fields caused crude oil prices to plummet – which slashed company profits – which made employees quite dispensable!

Isn’t It Ironic?

So Isaac suddenly found himself out of work, unable to get a job in the field he loved, and having to accept some meagre role in order to get by. A lowly job that is only just enough to live off, let alone pay down his student debt, and allow him to save for his own home.

To add insult to injury, Isaac’s younger brother returned from travelling the world straight out of school, and landed a courier driving role that paid quite a bit more than Isaac is earning.

What does this mean to you?

You might be thinking “Why should I care?”

The point is – he’s not the only one. And it’s not just the oil and gas industry that’s effected!

Universities are churning out tens of thousands of bright young grads who are greener, younger and way cheaper to hire than you. They’re desperate to do ANYTHING. And they’re got their sights set on your job.

Have you got insurance for that scenario?

How It Affects You

We were connecting with another person this week day via email.

Her name is Beth, she’s in her 50’s, is experienced in sales and customer service, and expects to command a good salary too.

However, she’s never applied for more jobs, attended more interviews, and received more rejection letters in the past 6 months than she ever thought humanly possible in a lifetime. There’s no mention what this does to her self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth. Talk about taking a knock of meteoric proportions!

There’s only a certain number of rejections a person can take before realising that it’s not just ageism at play – the problem lies a lot deeper.

There’s a nation of leaner, greener, hungrier grads looking to earn . . . something. Anything.

The Result

For us, the nice thing is, both Isaac and Beth have turned their hands to learning how to market online in order to build a recession-proof, technology-proof, future-proof, online business.

They both understand the opportunity available today.

They’re both embracing the digital age we’re in.

And they’re both turning their backs on the traditional way of earning an income – having a job.

Yes, each of them has their concerns.

  • worried about learning everything there is to know.
  • concerned about how long it will take to build momentum.
  • sceptical the training we offer is legitimate, genuine and authentic (It is, by the way)

They Trust Themselves

Isaac and Beth back themselves. They believe in themselves to make it work. They’ve accepted the responsibility to make change happen in their lives. Online business is their insurance. Insurance they won’t be held ransom any longer.

What insurance have you got in place?

Think about that.

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