The Gig Economy and Career Advancement
Journalism today is not what it used to be. Gig economy pundit that I am, I get my daily google alerts on anything to with this new economic dynamic. More often than not, the article is not quite on point, and or has more to do with the sharing economy than the gig economy -- they are related but not synonymous.
Today's headline was from a piece by CBS Boston and was entitled "The Millennial Mindset and the Gig Economy". It opened with Gallup Poll data on the priority the younger generation puts on career advancement. The challenge though, is the interview , since many employers want 4 -5 years of experience. A recent graduate laments that he just does not have the requisite background to be considered. The piece then jumps to the fact that the gig economy has changed the social contract and it is not clear how it will all settle out.
Really??? I wouldn't blame the gig economy for the fact that may jobs require some level of work experience. That has nothing to do with any type of social contract, eroded or not, between employee and employer. It has more to do with the level of expertise and or training required to successfully perform the tasks associated with the role.
Maybe the author of the piece should get a new gig that doesn't involve writing about the gig economy...