Trying to explain my struggle with unemployment, part-time homelessness, and loss of financial independence is a tough sell, even where my information is provided free of charge.
Some people who are in recession-proof jobs like the public service sector, or who are wealthy will tell me there’s no recession, no poverty, and no homeless crisis. They’ll tell me I’m not trying hard enough to find a job, that I’m someone who expects things handed to him, or that my misfortune is all my fault because I must be an addict (untrue), fired from my last job (untrue), or lazy (untrue). They say all these things despite reading the news about job losses, companies closing, and young people facing a higher level of unemployment and the Catch-22 of no experience, no job.
Such arguments with these people really vex me, but not as much as the arguments I have with the next group of people.
These people are completely UNAWARE of the current economic climate. They regard the business section of the newspaper as liner for the bird-cage, view the business report on the evening news as an excuse to take a nature break but would lose it if they missed their sports and entertainment news. After all, news about a self-indulgent Hollywood star or overpaid sports athlete must be more important than 33,000 jobs lost last month in Canada, right? Riiiiiight.
When I ask these particular people why they don’t follow the business news, I’m told it’s unimportant, or it doesn’t affect or concern them.
That’s completely foolish, not to mention very dangerous thinking. For example, if the business news reports a rise in a national bank interest rate, it will affect whatever credit consumers and companies use. If it reports a drop in consumer confidence, it means a lot of people are scared about job security, and so should you. If it reports a few companies are laying off staff and they happen to be in the same market your employer is in, beware.
Your employer will never tell you the full details about your employment future. Even if they did, they won’t do this upfront when it happens. The interests of the company, those in charge of it, and the investors will come before your concerns as an employee.
This is why each of us need to take charge of our current employment status, which is done by becoming business-aware. We do not need to be Donald Trump moguls: we just need to watch for warning signs in the economy in the same way we watch for warning signs regarding our health.
In fact, we have to make it our business to do so.
Thanks for reading!