The job market is tough. I have never seen it tougher, and I’ve been around to see a few of these recessions before.
With a mid-life crisis looming, I decided to enroll in college and change my major. I had waited long enough to get that six-figuire job! I’m not asking to be famous or anything- just rich. So, I enrolled in college…again.
I had been a nursing student before, in my late twenties, and I simply got burned out on all of the medical changes that were always taking place. From insurance company mergers, constantly changing hospital policies, and evil doctors, I had had enough if it.
My sysmpathy for the sick was gone, too. People get really crabby when they’re sick, you know? So I was tired of all the crap. Literally. I decided I had to switch careers and go back to college.
I am now an English major. I noticed that the college experience and campus is totally different than it was ten years ago. The classes are very full, and its harder to GET a class! You have to register the second it opens, or you’re waiting four more months.
The college professors also seem younger. Some of them are like little kids, running around here! I can’t tell who the students are anymore. It’s hard to learn from these young’uns. Give me an old gray-headed professor who lectures from his desk and falls asleep during class! Those were the good old days.
I will say, the classes are easier this way. Everything is simpler now, since it is computerized. But now, all of your papers are scanned by plagarism detection software, and cheating is almost impossible! The internet makes finding content so convenient, that you really have to watch what you write, and make sure that you get it from somewhere else instead. I have a teenager at home, whom I can use when I need a tutor. He is very helful with my college homework when he wants to use the car.
My college class mates look different now, too. I have gray-headed, balding, and retired people in my classes. This is very interesting to me. I thought I was going to be an ancient relic in this place, and I look like a spring chicken! If this class gets any older, they may as well have it at the retirement center.
I feel sorry for the younger people in my class. We make them look like big dummies. People over forty know history and science principals. We know ethics and sociology. This is common sense, because we have life experience on our side. Our teachers of the past have been the lessons that we learned, the jobs we’ve had, and the kids we raised. My classes in reading body language were a breeze! I have raised children, so I can tell when someone lies OR has to go to the bathroom (a special bonus). I know what lying eyes look like, and I can also spot the poddy dance from across the room.
Having these two generation in my classes is really interesting. The young kids in my classes raise their hands and ask questions like “When did that happen? or, What are you talking about?” The older generation asks “What did you say? Speak up, I can’t hear ya!”
With the boomer’s retirement spent or lost in this economic shuffle, the only option that they have sometimes is to go back to school. The computer has been the biggest advancement in education in my lifetime, but it is the biggest hurdle for the older generation. I told my classmate the other day about the magic three: cntl, alt, delete. He really loved that little tip. The only problem was, that he went home and asked his wife if she knew about this “three-some thing”, she really took it the wrong way.
The college campus has changed its makeup, and I am happy to say I was there to watch this epic event take place. On graduation day, I can’t wait to see how many of them make it to the finish line, and actually get that degree. But even more, I hope the job market keeps an open mind for these “seasoned” graduates, who really have alot to bring to any workplace environment. With life expereince, first-hand knowledge and new learning in place, their desire to work may be the very thing that turns our economy around.