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We have a job. A job! Our reward after years of education! We worked hard in our youth in order to work hard again in our adulthood. A job! The summit of our lives! The answer!

The idea of the ‘job’ as the answer to all woes, individual and social, is one of the most pernicious myths of modern society. It is promoted by politicians, parents, newspaper moralists and leaders of industry, on the left and on the right: paradise, they say, is ‘full employment’.One key index to the success of a country is the size of its unemployed population. The more people have jobs, the better, we’re told. ‘Job’ is rarely defined with any precision to the teenager or to the student as they make their journey towards it, but the myth suggests to us that a ‘good job’ will offer us ample money, a social life, status and work which we will find ‘rewarding’

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Tom Hodgkinson 

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