Job Security? More Like Job Insecurity

In the 2009 film “Up in the Air” starred by George Clooney, his role was to travel around the United States from one company to another, with one purpose – he was lent by his company to other corporations so he can do the lovely task of firing people whose bosses don’t have the guts to sack their own employees, because people do crazy s**t when they get fired.

Right after George Clooney spills the big announcement to some just another employee, their ‘in real life’ responses were totally relatable:

“Did I do something wrong?”

“How am I supposed to go home as a man and explain to my wife I lost my job?”

“I can’t afford to be unemployed.”

“This is what I get in return for 30 years of service for my company? And they send some yo-yo like you in here, to try to tell me that I’m out of a job?”

“It’s hard to find a job at fifty, when you’ve spent more than half of your life in the company.”

“I cannot afford to be unemployed. I have a house payment, I have children.”

“You have a lot of gall, coming in here and firing your No.1 producer.”

“I’m going to go home without a pay check. F**k you.”

Out of all these depressing responses, Mr. Clooney’s characted had this generic, insensitive response that was a perfect rebuttal to someone who’s devastated about getting fired:

“Well, anybody who ever built an empire or changed the world sat where you are right now. And it’s because they sat there, they were able to do it. That’s the truth…

I’m gonna need your key card.”

Yeah right. But you know what, no matter how insensitive and asshole-ish that statement was, there is a whole lot of truth in it.

George Clooney’s characted was right. By getting fired, these people now have the time to do what they really wished they could be doing and maybe create their own entrepreneurial venture.

But the thing is, should we wait for that to happen before we start to get on our feet and pursue what we always ever wanted?

And how could these employees being fired by George Clooney’s character allow this kind of devastation to occur to their own lives?

Wake up, guys. There’s no such thing as job security. Your company only needs you when there’s something you can bring to the table – given their finances are also stable, that is. Nothing personal.

Where does ‘Job Security’ stem from? And is the notion of Job Security even real?

Job security is the “in” thing in today’s society. It’s the norm.

Ask a new graduate and a lucrative career with job stability is the top priority when looking for a job. And there’s nothing wrong with that – that was me when I was looking for my first job, too.

After all, it’s never wrong to just wish for the best for our future, have a secure future for our family and for our retirement as well.

Nothing is wrong with that. But the thing is, cases above can happen at any time during our career, whichever career level we may already be in.

A quick Google check on the definition of job security is:

“Job Security is an assurance that an individual will keep his or her job without the risk of becoming unemployed. S/he will have continuity in employment and it may be from the terms of a contract of employment, collective bargaining agreement, or labor legislation that prevents arbitrary termination.”

Come on. An assurance, really?!?

Let’s do another definition search, this time on Wikipedia:

“Job security is the probability that an individual will keep their job; a job with a high level of job security is such that a person with the job would have a small chance of becoming unemployed.”

How is probability related to assurance and stability which is a basis of security? And ‘a small chance of being unemployed’? Under whose terms?

It’s kinda vague if you ask me.

More like “Job Insecurity”

Some might wish to pursue a career in the food, tech, or healthcare industry because of the notion that these industries will survive any kind of recession because ‘it’s the way of life’, and that consumers will need these one way or another.

But that’s not even the question in job security.

No matter what industry you are in, no matter how infallible or recession-proof the industry you’re working in, your career is still at risk, because, you know, companies downsize every now and then and of course, the actual task you’re doing might be automated real soon. Who knows?

I’m not saying that there is security in entrepreneurship or in investments – nothing is zero risk in today’s world, but what we need to do is to minimize those risks. Ask yourself this – if tomorrow you lose your job, will you be ready for it? Do you have other sources of income to meet your basic living expenses?

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Make time to explore other opportunities and avoid making the usual excuses

Definitely it is unfair to bite the hands that feed us, and employment is a great stepping stone to learn from and grow ourselves.

But aside from being busy with our full-time employment and other commitments, we must also not forget to make room and time to explore other opportunities that’ll allow us to generate multiple sources of income. This is the key to avoid issues when dealing with lay-offs or the ‘firing’ squad – and we have to do it as early as now.

Let’s not be complacent, thinking that we have stable and secure jobs any way, and that our future is secured for as long as we’re doing good in our own office space. If this is our mindset, then we’re comfortable just clocking in and out and just wasting our free time away. Trust me, I know a lot of people who are comfortable just getting by.

Let’s face it – your future is not your employer’s responsibility. At all. It is up to us to take charge of our future by and discovering new opportunities aside from what we already have to make room for multiple sources of income.

Aside from your ‘stable’ job, what are you doing right now to ensure a stable, secure, and bright future for yourself and your family? Tell us at the comments section below.

Stay awesome,