Here's an interesting headline from the local paper:
Hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Detroit area is expected to increase in the first quarter of 2008, according to the most recent Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index.
Nine percent of chief financial officers surveyed plan to add staff during the quarter and 7% anticipate reductions in personnel. - Read the rest
While I think that it is absolutely great that there are more jobs being added in this area. I have to ask the question, that is most likely being asked by many people who live in the Detroit Area. The question is, "What about the rest of us?"
Let me remind the author of this story and everyone that happens to read it that not everyone in the Detroit area has a degree in finance or in money management. Some of us in this economically depressed area, do not have college degrees, nor do we have an interest in obtaining said degrees in finance. I will be as obtuse about this, as I possibly can. I do well managing my own money. I have no interest in managing others money for them.
Again, continuing in the vein of the obtuse, If Detroit is going to be able to recover from the economic depression that we are in, we need to get some jobs here, real jobs. Jobs that people like myself can do, Good paying labor jobs. What needs to happen, not only in Detroit, but in Washington D.C., is that Congress needs to look into giving incentives to the Automotive companies to hire new people. Instead of calling workers in from other Countries or Other States, Ask the Automotive companies to start hiring from within Families.
Congress also needs to tell these said companies not to subject those who are being hired, to unreasonable tests for employment. I have personal experience in this area. Does it make any sense to require a person, who is putting a fender on a car, to take a math test? Quite frankly, that sort of nonsense demonstrates to me, the blatant incompetence of those in the human resource industry. ISO 9000 my royal behind, that's not quality standards, that is purposely limiting those from a particular industry. Which very much smacks of purposeful discrimination against those who are not of a certain educational background.
The Automotive industry needs to test people according to their abilities to perform a job, not according to the level of their formal education. This points to a culture of Elitism in this country, which is fostered by the Conservative Republicans. It is too bad, that we haven't broken that awful cycle. For many years in America, many jobs were obtainable without having a college degree, why has this changed? Because of the industrial corporate elitists in America, who want to keep a particular class of people under control.
I truly hope, that one day, this cycle of culture of corporate cronyism, elitism, and outright discrimination against those who are not of a college educated background will someday stop, and we get back to simplicity of the 1950's in America.