Another tip from Bob Snelling, CEO of ROSS-HR

Every year we hear about �Hot Jobs.�  This valuable information comes from a variety of sources.  The Government is a prime contributor and so are university studies, undoubtedly paid for by government grants.  I�m not sure that the Constitution envisioned it being the responsibility of the government to spend a bundle of money to tell us about hot jobs, never-the-less they do. Major magazines play off of these studies - It makes for great headlines and copy. What is so interesting about this phenomenon is that it seems to come in cycles. First, we hear about a shortage of teachers and, in a short while, we have an over-supply of them, yet we can�t get them to go into the inner cities.  Then we hear about a shortage of say, engineers or nurses and, in that case, we never seem to have enough, so we continue to import them from overseas since our own children don�t want to do the hard work that is required to become one.

What is a hot job to the government is evidently not considered a hot job to those coming into the job market or already in the job market and unemployed or under-employed.  A former famous or infamous, depending on your viewpoint, President who was the father of the �Great Society� was fond of saying, �Everybody has to have meaningful employment.� What in the world that TV bite has to do with jobs totally escapes me and possibly you as well.  Struggling to become an engineer evidently is not meaningful enough to people to head off the shortage. Learning what you have to learn to become a nurse so you can work ten hour shifts at a wage, from a medical system that by the way takes some 25% of our gross national product, that can be earned by those breezing by in a liberal arts course, is also not meaningful enough.

What this says, if you stop to think about it, is supply and demand usually will work in the marketplace� if not interfered with by outside sources, like for instance, the government. What does this dwelling on hot jobs by the news media mean to you or your children when it comes to choosing careers?  Nada, nothing!  America is still the land of opportunity.  That�s why people from all over the world want to come and live here and raise their children here.  When 70% of our college graduates wind up working in a field different than the one they studied for, what does that tell you about running after the hot job syndrome.  Let them study where their interests lie, that�s where our geniuses come from�that�s where our inventors come from�that�s where the next great leap forward in business and engineering and science comes from� not from chasing a hot job because it may make someone a lot of money or it may, ha ha, guarantee them a job for life. You can take all the career tests you want, but who you are at seventeen is not who you will be at twenty four or thirty or fifty.  Accountants become salesmen, lawyers become businessmen and nurses become airline stewards or owners of dress shops.

C�est La Vie & Que Ser� Ser�!


October, 2006


   ROSS-HR, Inc.

Rober O. Snellling, Sr., President