What DO They Expect Us to Do?
I'm spending a fair amount of time at the moment bemoaning my lot. I'm an administrator , and although there is still a need for our breed, finding a decently-paid role that is purely administrative and doesn't involve managing some over-paid, probably under-skilled executive's life or dealing with the public is seriously hard work.
I have a role at the moment, but impending management changes are going to have a big effect on it, and I don't know how much longer I'll be wanting to take office politics and control freaks on the chin without speaking out.
The main problem with my sector is that unless you are managing one of the aforementioned over-paid executives , the pay levels are quite low. In this area we have a perfect storm: low salaries and high living costs. South and West of London, remuneration is more sensibly in line with living costs, and mid-level administrators like myself routinely earn the salary of a junior professional in any other field. In the East, however, we are all judged to be bog-snorkeling inbreeding failures, and salaries are pegged accordingly. We are, after all, just over the border from Essex, which unfortunately, has a shocking reputation for all the wrong reasons.
My husband and I were having this conversation earlier, and I wondered what there will be left for the youth of tomorrow to have for a career when they get to that age.
- The NHS as it is today will have ceased to exist, and will probably be privatised and offering jobs only to those who attended the right schools.
- I already discussed the lack of plumbers and electricians in a previous post.
- Administrators will be surplus to requirements as everything will be automated or electronic.
- IT technicians will be out of work as technology will simply be trashed and replaced when it fails, rather than being repaired.
- Drivers will be obsolete, with the rise of self-driving cars, buses and trains.
- Postal services will cease to exist as everything will go by courier or electronic means.
- Hotels will be automated.
- Retail will be conducted online and delivery by drone or driverless van.
What else can you think of that will have changed? We already have no manufacturing, no mining, no car factories or heavy industry to speak of. Sure, in this area, the University is a key employer, but what will there be to study for in a few years? We've reached the point where even domestic staff in halls of residence are expected to have an NVQ in Cleaning and Support Services, after all.