Skilled and Unskilled
Labor in the Job Market
While job hunting
these days is much more prevalent, and supposedly
more diverse, it is surprisingly unchanged.
As it has been through generations, you reach an age where you must
make a living, provide for yourself and your family, and help the
community by participation. You put yourself and your promise of
service and labor out there. You promise to work for an indefinite
in exchange for a wage. And know that it is a requirement.
little choice in what you do or who you work for.
Your station in life dictated what was available and what was
required. You Have or Have Not. Those who Have work to keep
more of it... Those who Have Not, work to get as much as they can
it. Whether it is money, prestige, rank, respect, skill,
necessities, or whatever the case may be.
Once upon a time, you learned a trade, worked where your family did,
and stayed in that job until you died or the job was no longer
available. A worker's goals were to make it through the day, make
enough to care for his family's needs, get proficient at a task and
hopefully find some advancement someday. If you moved to a new
that didn't have a job for you to practice your trade, you simply put up
a shingle and became the tradesman for that town. Your livelihood
intertwined in your reputation and skill.
If you didn't have property, land, or family behind you, you simply did
whatever you could wherever you could. You made deals, offered
for food and a place to lay your head. You worked off debts to the
Have's. And did whatever work was offered.
With the growth of civilization, the boom in technology, and the
creation of massive settlements and cities, the job market expanded.
Suddenly, unskilled workers were wanted. The businesses used
workers to create and simplify technology and mechanical tools to make
jobs easier. And unskilled labor could be shown how to use the
equipment quickly without years of specific training to operate and
Skilled labor was precious and well paid. They had to put in time
money in training to specialize their skills to a single devoted craft
or ability. And the businesses vied for the best, offering them
and more stature, prestige, benefits, and money. While the
could be replaced at any time. So though they were necessary, they
easy to find and disposable.
Education improved to give everyone a better shot at finding a better
job. It gave people more access to training, to become skilled.
education began to have higher and higher prices, as businesses grew
around making people pay for their skills and future options in advance
of a job. So those who Have Not could little afford to climb from
station in life. Unless you had someone to help you, a family
people behind you to offer support and direction, higher education was
an unreachable goal, a path not within the ordinary man's grasp.
As credit became a part of the world, people found that they could
reach for the higher education, that had been reserved for the few.
They would have to make many sacrifices, take a chance on finding
something later, and carry a debt for a very long time, all without
promise. Because, by this time, the job market had changed.
were not so readily able or willing to take care of the workers until
their death. Now they would promise work as long as the tasks
done. When you became obsolete, or unable to perform, there were
to take your place.
Now there is real competition for the work. You had to achieve
level of skill to keep your job, while others were waiting in the wings
for the same job. He who had the biggest purse strings and could
greater skill was chosen above the unskilled workers.
The unskilled worker would learn a task, pick up skills, but, as the
better educated Haves came through the doors, the job description was
altered to accommodate these new abilities, and the unskilled labor was
let go. Now this Have Not will have to find another position,
more new skills, until the next Have comes along to take that job as
Now, we find that unskilled workers and skilled workers are in constant
competition. Unskilled labor must accept lower wages, and lower
standards of treatment. They are supposed to be happy with any
they can find. While skilled labor is continually sought.
wined and dined, promised more and more, as the businesses try to woo
best and brightest.
Now there are businesses growing up to help skilled workers find the
best job, and unskilled workers the chance to pay to get some skills.
The companies feed off the job market taking from all sides. And
Have Not's who are unwillingly to give what little they can get, try to
fend for themselves on the crumbs left behind.
And many fall by the wayside. The Have Not's who decide to take
chance, bet all they have on the chance and promise that others have,
pay through the nose, using credit to buy their chance, and many fall,
finding the promises were not meant for them. Too little skills,
much competition with better skilled, creditors looking for their
restitution, and businesses changing, dying, and recreating themselves.
And the Have's use their means to find what they need, while the Have
Not's must struggle among each other.
To drop out of the race, pay more than you can afford, learn a new
skill, and return to the workforce, you find a temporary ride in a job,
only to be meeked out of the position when the next wave comes. If
aren't cut throat, willing to kill or die trying, you will be crushed
beneath the feet of the Have's that will do it to you in a heartbeat.