The Career Trajectory is Dead
Many people slave away at their jobs, universities or schools in the hope that it will result in a good career trajectory. But is it realistic?
Are there any defined and stable career trajectories?
For a long time (mid-1930s to mid-1970s), almost everybody in USA and the rest of the industrialized world had a defined career trajectory. Keeping your nose on the proverbial wheel would give a modest but decent life with a reasonably well-defined career track and opportunities for advancement.
This career trajectory often came at the cost of alienation, loneliness, depression and general dissatisfaction with life- but at least playing by the rigged rules got you something.
This ceased to the case since the early 1980s, first for blue-collar workers and then for white-collar workers. Current trends demonstrate that STEM is no longer exempt from this trend. Even in socialistic European countries and east-Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, only the older established public sector workers have anything coming close to a career trajectory.
It should be obvious that no amount of repair to the old system can fix the problem, as its very existence is now the problem.
Of course, you can ignore what I am saying and go back to slaving for whichever sociopathic entity you want to. Surely an entity that wrecks the lives of others for profit and fun will recognize your devotion, loyalty, hard work and reward you.
Did you know that 80 per cent of 35-year-olds in Japan live on an annual income of two million yen– a key poverty benchmark, doing temporary jobs without any long-term prospects? Two million yen/yr = 20-22,000 USD/yr. That is not a misprint or typo! Think about the long-term effects of such conditions on social stability and outlook.