Everlasting Jobs

Heh. This Career Builder piece on everlasting jobs made me laugh, I suspect in large part because most of them are jobs most of us would never want. Aside from farmer (which, sorry, isn’t so everlasting when you consider the fervidness with which we take from the earth, alter its climate, etc.), I’d say these jobs are only as everlasting as one’s sanity.

Sure, we all like the stability and security of a steady job. We like to know our check comes on the 5th and 20th of every month and that our benefits are taken care of.

But after reading Chuck Closterman’s essay [“Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth”**] relating Gen Xers to The Empire Strikes Back and Reality Bites, I’ve come to think that every generation after Gen X will flip a fat finger to most of these everlasting jobs:

Whenever my circa-1993 friends and I would sit around and discuss the future, there was always the omnipresent sentiment that the world was on the decline, but we were somehow destined to succeed individually. Everyone felt that would somehow be the exception within an otherwise grim universe.

This is why [Winona] Ryder had to pick [Ethan] Hawke. Winona made the kind of romantic decision most people my age would have made in 1994: She pursued a path that was difficult and depressing, and she did so because it showed the slightest potential for transcendence. (Emphasis mine.)

I’m sure there will be a few folks along the way who decide to become a taxman or a waste disposal manager because they need a job and it’s there. But I suspect that from here on out, most of us will choose the path that offers something bigger, something more important, something that Career Builder couldn’t titivate with a word like “everlasting.”

**From “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto.” Buy it on Amazon.

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