It’s a fascinating, if disconcerting, train of thought. But we were brainwashed back at school way back then. You studied hard, got to college, got a degree, and a good satisfying career would be yours before retiring to a nice pension at 65, or even earlier if you were lucky. That was the script we were sold.
This is exactly my experience! So refreshing to hear it from someone else. It has come as a complete shock to me that this is not true! I don’t for 1 moment blame our parents’ generation for suggesting this strategy to us. It was their experience and it kind of remains so; they are at retirement age ish and most of the ones i know have made terrific careers out of these solid degrees and professions.
For some reason it’s different these days and having these degrees sometimes seems to put you into a box career wise rather than opening doors. And when you look at people making millions each year in jobs that seem much less stressful and less demanding… It’s disheartening in some ways. I think many professions in the past, involved learning the whole thing in college and then off you go. Now everyone involved has to move with the times and technological advances so much you almost need to be in constant learning mode. Career breaks are just not worth it in some fields as you would very quickly be out of the loop IMO. It really requires vocation level of interest and dedication and is largely not for the faint hearted.
For example a dentist who does extractions, fillings, and all the basic things is not really walking the walk anymore… Space retainers, root canals, orthodontics, endodontics, bleaching, crowns, veneers etc. etc… So much more stuff to be an expert on than when our parents were at that stage and I imagine more stress and litigation. Not my area at all but just this is what I mean about professiOns being less of a cheery way to earn a crust these days