How many of you watched the ABC's Four Corners last night? While I am focussing on planting, saving and living more gently on the planet, parts of Australia are facing the reality of the GFC head on.
"Despite stimulus packages including cash hand-outs, Australia's unemployment lines are growing by 1,000 a day. It's now estimated that by the end of this year one million people will be unemployed" from Here
This programme is repeated on Tuesday 21st April at 11.35 PM
My eldest daugher is currently studying Year 12 and hopes to get into Uni next year. She has been told by all of the school course counsellors to expect that the grades needed to get into the courses she wants will be dramatically raised as more and more people apply for Uni places because there won't be any other options.
The jobs are drying up.
She had planned to defer for a year or two and travel around the World but now realises that that may not be such a good idea until she has some serious qualifications under her belt.
What's scary though is what the future holds for kids who can't get into Uni. Traditionally they would become an apprentice or look for what is referred too as 'blue collar' employment. But what the hell happens when the older generation don't retire and the places aren't freed up for school graduates?
We are all living in interesting times, that's for sure!