RADIO SHOW/AUDIO PODCAST: Solutions...with Courtney Anderson! (SwCA) Episode 167 - Originally aired 8/13/2014 9:00 AM - JOYFUL ART OF BUSINESS! series - "I Am Competing With Three Billion People For My Job! Really?"
Our episode today is, “I Am Competing With Three Billion People For My Job! Really?”
This show is intended to remind us that whether or not we want to think from a global perspective as individuals that we are subject to global realities. Thus, instead of focusing on your employment opportunities in a particular city, country, region or other limited part of our planet, you are impacted by global competition for professional opportunities.
This title of this episode was inspired by the following content, “A good job is a job with a paycheck from an employer and steady work that averages 30+ hours per week. Global labor economists refer to these as formal jobs. Sometimes leaders and economists blur the line between good jobs (formal jobs) and informal jobs. Informal jobs are jobs with no paycheck, no steady work. […] Of the 7 billion people on Earth, there are 5 billion adults aged 15 and older. Of these 5 billion, 3 billion tell Gallup they work or want to work. Most of these people need a full-time formal job. The problem is that there are currently only 1.2 billion full-time, formal jobs in the world. This is a potentially devastating global shortfall of about 1.8 billion good jobs. It means that global unemployment for those seeking a formal good job with a paycheck and 30+ hours of steady work approaches a staggering 50%, with another 10% wanting part-time work. [...]This also means that potential societal stress and instability lies within 1.8 billion -- nearly a quarter of the world's population.” (http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/149144/coming-jobs-war.aspx)
We are all competing (in some sense) for the optimal quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones. We seek the ability to stretch ourselves intellectually, to be able to apply our knowledge in useful ways to better society and have an enjoyable and productive live. The article quoted above is from a book that asserts a “coming jobs war.” We should at least consider the possibility that we are not isolated in our professional and career aspirations no matter where we currently are on the planet.
I love international business issues! I was born in Germany, live in the US currently and have worked as a speaker/ corporate educator in India, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, 49 out of 50 US states including Alaska and Hawaii (I still need to work in Wyoming), and many other parts of our planet. I have had the privilege of learning more about myself and our wondrous planet. I have also had the first hand opportunity to meet and share knowledge with people from diverse areas of our planet. Although there are differences among us regarding local laws, cultural norms and perspectives there is a uniform desire for people to be respected, fairly compensated and provided future growth and development in their careers. It is amazing how similar we humans are! In fact, [...]