Apart from interesting things learned as a Chevening Fellow, I guess anyone can imagine that, every now and then, it was impossibe to avoid the ‘collision’ with some ‘blah-blah-blah concepts’ that contemporary political wooden language uses. During one of our study day-trips (I don’t know how to describe them better) to London, such a term was employability.
It could be defined as “the means by which individuals can cope with changing employment conditions, organisations can maintain their ability to adapt and succeed and the nation can enhance its competitiveness” – classical EU (it’s not a term coined by the New Labour!) nonsense, isn’t it?
To put it as sinthetically as I can, it’s all about helping personal development of people, so that they could have better chances on the labour market. I think it’s complete rubbish, as everything is focused almost exclusively on turning people into more efficient pieces of machinery, and becoming robotic enough not to suffer when they are fired or maybe even when they are being exploited.
So much focus on career, efficiency, success, on life-long learning, on proving something, on earning much, and spending twice as much if possible, so that banks could thrive on enslaving people through credit cards!
And all for what? Just for this meaningless ‘here and now,’ for the earthly paradise, which the prosperous British Welfare State (and the EU as a whole) are promising us!
Were the hundred thousands of people flocking to the UK from all over the world to get a job there somehow more employable than their local counterparts? Did the British Government actually do anything to improve the chances of people on the labour market? I rather doubt it…
It was just the booming economy that attracted people, and now – as the real estate and financial bubble deflates – it’s the ugly economic perspective in this country that is slowly driving immigrants away from the UK…
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