I overheard a girl speaking to a friend in my bar the other day on how bored she was in her safe and secure job. She was ‘BORED’, with a capital B! Her friend concurred with her and bemoaned the lack of excitement in his own role, the absence of a challenge, the hum-drum repetition of the daily routine. He was on a roll as he took a sip of his gin and tonic, finishing up with the classic line, ‘I suppose I shouldn’t complain, it’s just a job’.
I smiled a wry smile and returned to the job at hand, filling a pint of Guinness for one of the customers in my bar, but all the time thinking on what the guy had said and how wrong he was.
So many of my customers and my friends are out of work these days. Some of them are among the 430,000 Irish men and women signing on, collecting the dole, or social welfare, or unemployment benefits, whatever the current jargon term for it is. Many more of them are unemployed, or under-employed. They are the self-employed folks, whose business has just dried up, gone away, or gone under and for whom there is no state assistance whatever.
There are probably well over half a million working age adults in Ireland today for whom ‘a job’ would be a dream come true. For them, a job is not just ‘a job’. It is a family holiday, a school uniform, a bike, a happy smile, a birthday present for their child, a self-esteem boost.
The challenge of landing a job, getting hired, is so difficult these days. It is easy to forget what finding or having a job can mean to someone. A job can define a person and so much comes from the fact of having a position that gives you the feeling of worth.That is why it is essential that people are given hope and this will only come when we get our Irish businesses hiring again, taking on people, paying them wages and getting the economy moving again.
That will take time, and for some, indeed for many of the unemployed, time is in shorter supply than money. The feel deserted, on the scrap-heap, taken for granted. Desperate to find a job, any job, people are leaving Ireland every day, emigrating to other countries, leaving for an uncertain future and leaving all their Irish dreams, and families behind.
Yes, a job is just a job, but it is not easy finding one these days, though there are jobs out there, it’s just finding one, or getting one is the hardest piece of the puzzle.
That is why my friend John and I have started a free-to-use job-finder website http://www.icanwork4u.com where anyone looking for a job can post their skill-set and other basic details for free, and where employers can also post their jobs or service requirements, for free also.
Why have I done this? So that I can hear more folks talking about their ‘boring jobs’. That would be a total rush. I don’t take my friends or customers for granted. Life is too short for that.