It definitely feels like that at the moment. While the decreasing daily numbers under 50 are giving everyone hope – it’s a long road out and I have younger friends and friends with young children who are really feeling it at the moment. While suffering is the thing that unites us all particularly here in metro Melbourne, it’s not been an easy time and I see it in people’s faces. As parents, we have to shine the light and provide hope for our children and the next generation who follow us.
It’s not a level playing field and things were already difficult pre-Covid for Millennials (and Gen Z behind them) in terms of job security and stability – something that older generations have taken for granted. I hope as we re-build the economy opportunities for young people (and women) are front and centre in the minds of those who create the policies, systems, structure and future of work. Employability and having a secure and stable job is one of the enablers for a long and happy life. I have seen first hand what happens to those who fall off the wagon whether it be through having children and leaving work, losing a professional job or worse still – never getting there in the first place. Confidence and persistence is key but it gets very tiring to keep going and I know people are suffering from emotional fatigue and burnout at the moment.
That being said, job opportunities are still out there and I have friends and colleagues landing permanent new jobs even at this time. While it is highly competitive and ageism exists, I also think if the opportunity is right and you are the right person for the job, things will happen. I’d encourage anyone looking for work to get on the front foot and reach out to your network especially in industries and organisations that interest you. In my entire working life, I have only ever applied for one job (a zillion years ago) before online times via the paper – all my jobs before and after that have come through my network – through recruiters, agencies and friends and family.
The sun has helped today and it’s been nice to have taken things easy this weekend. I was sad that Andrew’s Books in Ivanhoe closed in March this year and while I have since bought hard copy books online via Readings and downloaded books on my Kindle, it’s not quite the same. Rediscover Local by Banyule has launched to help find and support businesses in Banyule and applications for Banyule Arts and Culture Project grant applications close today if you are a local creative.
I finished reading The dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams a few weeks ago and I’m now working out what my next book will be. There has been a number of books recently published about race and it’s great to see more writers from Asian backgrounds feature in best selling book lists. I’m wondering whether I go for pure fun and escapism with Sex and Vanity by Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan or some more Millennial fiction with A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu. There has been publicity on the loneliness epidemic coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic and while it’s not perfect, I’m glad the single person bubble starts at 11.59pm tonight in Victoria.