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In the article Highly Educated, Unemployed and Tumbling Down the Ladder, NBC News recounted the job search troubles of many highly-educated Americans. Although the article can be discouraging at first glance, the difficulty expressed within the article can actually encourage job seekers. How so? By helping job seekers understand that they are not alone.
When out of work, people can feel lonely. And, since many people tie their sense of worth to their work, they can interpret their unemployment to mean that they are worthless. Neither of these is true, and knowing that other qualified people are also striving to regain their footing in the workplace can be a great source of encouragement.
The job market can be a bear to contend with, so be sure to take heart in this reality: God knows what you need, and He’ll provide you with it. As Matthew 6:30-34 (Amplified Bible) states:
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave anddiligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
The conventional wisdom that more education bears fruit in the labor market gets turned on its head when it comes to unemployment. For people with masters and even doctoral degrees, long-term unemployment is especially insidious. At best, these formerly high-earning professionals face the prospect of a years-long climb back to their former level of income and stature, while they delay retirement to rebuild their decimated nest eggs.
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Robbie Romeiser is a commercial real estate broker, real estate instructor, and author of the daily devotional Today’s Quote From God (www.TodaysQuoteFromGod.com). Desiring to help his own children follow God’s calling in their lives, Robbie founded Career Callings (www.CareerCallings.net) to help people find, prepare for, and pursue the work God has called them to do.