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.

The rest, including the youth, are SOL.

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.


  1. w
    January 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    it looks like you know the life story of myself and my circle of 20-40 year old friends…

  2. ReaderLon
    January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Your posts are often very interesting. I am wondering why there are so few comments here. I guess you cannot really argue that much about what you are writing.

    Yes, that is my guess. I get tons of comments for posts about treating women like shit, but hardly any for stuff that matters.

    • November 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      AD says Yes, that is my guess. I get tons of comments for posts about treating women like shit, but hardly any for stuff that matters.

      You know, I notice that myself and that’s a damn shame. And not just here, but other places as well. Everyone is still on that stupid ‘Street Harassment’ video from the Alf-faced girl walking in NY, but people are forgetting about the election, Ferguson, MO and other things…

  3. Laziople de Ruuze
    January 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    This is what worries me the most. I’m going into the military (due to the complete lack of jobs and my refusing to go into debt for more dreaded schooling). But my little brothers won’t have that option. I often wonder if it’ll be any better for them, or if they’ll just be excused when it’s their time to become “independant”. I want to say that it’ll be better for them, but I’d also love to be able to laugh at my parents for their hypocrisy, in forcing me out the door while excusing my little bros.

    • Joe
      January 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      When it’s time to empty their bedpans, point them to your brothers. One favor deserves another.

  4. Joe
    January 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    As the pace of technology increases over the next 20-30 years, we’ll eventually reach a point where money and work as we know it today will no longer logistically be necessary. The issue then becomes how elites will exercise control over the population when money and debt can no longer act as THE check on individual behavior. Current trends indicate violent revolution or a global police state. It’s one or the other.

  5. October 7, 2011 at 5:15 am

    @joe ….. thirty years ago they were saying that in the 21st century computers and robots will have taken over so much of the day to day of our lives that we would have so much leisure time we wouldn’t know what to do. Here I sit thirty years later working as hard as ever…..

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