Constantly throughout our childhood years, we were told to keep our grades up, be active in the community, and participate in clubs and activities outside of the school setting. We were told if we did these things, we would be able to take out massive amounts of student loans to finance our way through a college education. A college degree wasn’t something that just set you apart – it was a necessity. A college degree ensured you’d get a well-paying job, and people with college degrees make nearly $1 million more over their lifetime than those without a college degree.
But being in the middle of the biggest recession since the great depression, many are seeing a decline in tradition. As bachelor’s degrees become less distinguishing & more commonplace, Getting a one isn’t necessarily a sure-fire way to get a job. Many people are opting to stay in school longer, pursuing bachelor’s & master’s degrees. Many are opting to take different career paths, such as joining the army, and still some are choosing to go into business by themselves, starting boutique agencies in their respective fields.
The Great Recession has even caused a change in the way businesses operate. There is a decline in the traditional, 40-hour workweek; higher employees are being asked to work more, while lower employees, especially those at jobs with irregular hours, are being asked to work less.
Many firms have gone farther than just changing the work week; Some have even changed what the typical work day looks like. If you’re feeling drowsy whilst working a day at The Richards Group, you can take a nap in the nap room. Feeling stressed & like you were yelled at one too many times whilst working at the collections agency? Don’t worry. The massage therapist comes in on the first friday of the month, and offers deep discounts on 15-minute massages. Remember “casual Friday”, where you could wear a nice polo, jeans, and maybe some oxfords? New age corporations are one-upping that, and letting employees wear those clothes everyday; even more are letting employees wear shorts and flip flops! In fact, I’ve never had a job where there were strict limitations on what I had to wear.
With the major paradigm shifts happening in education & workplace culture currently, who knows what is to come? What will the american job scene look like in 10 years? What about higher education?
Even more importantly, are we only seeing the beginning?