Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Keeping Your Job or Business For the Next Year?

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... then I'm optimistic. I've heard it said that the economy is helped by how optimistic or pessimistic people feel about how things are going. If you have been one of those cut loose from your job with a large firm then theoretically you should be looking for a new job, trying to start your own business, invents something that someone will patent for an exorbitant sum, etc. If you have a job then you are probably doing the calculus: can my job continue so I can pay the mortgage on the house, will my business bring in enough so I can retire and pass it to my children, etc. If I had a job (perhaps other than a job with federal employment) then I would be more worried than I am. So I am interested to see if a majority of respondents are optimists vs. pessimists in this business climate.

Old South End Broadway

I am trying to be optimistic, but am at an age and with a skill set, that does not meet the needs of a lot of the positions available.

Limited due to some physical constraints to mostly sit down or a position that does require standing.

Could go to school and retrain for some other career, but with the shifting sands of development not settled in the area and the shear numbers of people looking for work, it is hard to decide on a new career path.

Guardedly optomistic for the most part.

Look much in the computer industry or have any experience in that?

Sure, do.

 

Started in the days of 360/30's and 370's. Back when net cables were 2 inches thick. Remember the first acousta couple remote modem.

 

Progressed through varied electronic industries and back to PC's, hardware and some software, not programming though.

 

Can and do troubleshoot PC's and LAN's and other bit's.

 

That and .75 will not buy me a cup of coffee.

 

Employers want certs in place of experience or they want associates of bachelors to even be considered.

 

I know, as I have been told nice experience but without the sheepskin, good luck.

 

I took parts of the MSCE at Statzenburger and found that the job market for new grads of the course was weak at best.

 

 

Those that never take the shot, never score a goal. Don't get complacent. Keep shooting, something is bound to pop or lead to a different group of networking.

Sounds a lot like the "Little Engine That Could" (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....) The sad truth is, the market is so oversaturated with education & computer tech degrees - neighborhoodco is correct. Without the degree (and a specialized degree at that), there's so much competition for very few available jobs - especially here in Toledo.

Heck, there were 42 techs let go at a DHL facility, 42 more for the field of candidates.
Yes, there are opportunities, but not enough for the numbers of people looking for jobs.
Costco had over 11,000 people apply for jobs at the store in Toledo, good paying jobs, to boot.
I have great qualifications for some departments there, but the jobs went to some other person.

From mailings that I received from Unemployment, when I was receiving the benefit, showed that the highest number of jobs is in the trucking industry.
That industry is screaming for drivers, free classes and leasing plans but driving truck is not for every one, but that is the number one in demand job in this area.

And rightfully so, seeing that Toledo has a good location for air cargo/shipping/and trucking.

As for the tech job, I will let you know if my employer starts to look for new employees. They are rapidly expanding, and there are only I believe 3 or 4 of us out of 14-15 people that have a degree or certification. We're moving out of our small office in downtown Toledo and soon to be purchasing a building to renovate downtown. Business has been good. I just wanted to make a point of saying that with all the doom and gloom around here, there are some businesses in Toledo making good profits and expanding and looking for new recruits. It spawned two of us to start our own side tech business, one of which has quit because his has been bringing in too much work. I'm banking on the University of Toledo and its' continued research and development in alternative energy. Xunlight Corp. is a shining example of what role UT can play in Toledo's economy.

The plus side to the transportation industry is many times it's less of a recession risk. While you may not be moving building supplies today as you did last year you may be moving consumer goods this year.

Also it's what's known as a "market free occupation". Every market needs some type of transportation. So if you lose your job in Toledo you can get another in Columbus or Detroit. The only limitations become what you self impose.

MikeyA

MikeyA

If you’re going to retrain in the IT field, Cognos developers and EDI specialists seem to be in demand.

The doom and gloom is in the eye of the reader.
I said I am guardedly optimistic.

Now, did I say that I had given up, or that I am not trying? No. I have irons in the fire for a different profession.

I like problem resolution and troubleshooting but there are too many people competing for the same jobs.

"there are some businesses in Toledo making good profits and expanding and looking for new recruits."

Yes, yes, there are. And the number of people wanting the jobs is great, that is not doom and gloom, it is reality.

"banking on the University of Toledo and its' continued research and development in alternative energy. Xunlight Corp. is a shining example of what role UT can play in Toledo's economy."

Yes, yes it is.

"Yes, yes, there are. And the number of people wanting the jobs is great, that is not doom and gloom, it is reality."

And I'm not doubting that in the least bit. All to often though, those shops are never highlighted. They are making just as much of a contribution to the community as the ones that give up and put a dent in ours, and they should be highlighted as well.

I'm hoping that the alternative energy sector does continue to develop roots in the area, as it will be a good transition for those losing jobs in the automotive industry.

Forget every thing you know.
The final two are called upon a job or a new sale. It's the Super Bowl. Both candidates are more than qualified and equally skilled. The winner gets the trophy, glory, fame, money, piece of mind by 3 points. The loser, equally skilled gets nothing.
Every game and season is different. Keep shooting! Regular season and Vegas went against the Giants. Perserverance and fundamentals (and away games) always favors the passionate.

I WAS feeling pessimistic about my job for the next year, until I got to work this morning to find out my boss just got canned. NOW I am feeling rather optimistic. Go figure.