Love it. Logan you just keep knocking it out of the park this week.
Logan you have a really nice voice! You should do more interviews.
Oh man, this was really hard to read. One thing that really stuck out to me was her isolation. She mostly hides details about her financial situation from her mom; she kept her job loss a secret from her children. I think she should consider being more honest with the people in her life and also reaching out more to her friends. Shouldering all that worry and stress alone is just too much for one person. In my experience, at least, talking to people helps not just in terms of the perspective or practical support they might be able to offer, but also just in terms of having a sounding board. Like there is just something in the sheer act of saying something out loud that can help a problem seem less daunting. And, conversely, there is something about hiding a problem that gives it undue power. I’m impressed by this interview--fantastic job, Mike. I’m also impressed with this mother. She should give herself more credit.
One of the problems with vocational training through schools in the US is, at least in my experience, that they do not actually partner with the industries that would theoretically be hiring these kids, and even if the kids finish their vocational training with some kind of certificate or qualification, they're not in a position to get hired. Many of the positions they're now actually qualified for are asking for college degrees anyway.
@highjump This is not true, though. In the US, apprenticeships were historically agreements between individuals - they were more common before unionization took hold. I'll leave theories as to why as an exercise for the reader.
I love Shark Tank and I love this write-up! PLEASE PLEASE write more!
I've watched every episode of Dragon's Den (Canadian) and Shark Tank. Kevin O'Leary is also on a daily business show on the CBC called "Lang & O'Leary Exchange". If he's away for an episode, I don't watch it... the Lang in the show is Amanda Lang, and she definitely has a few socialist tendencies. Kevin and Robert are both Canadians. Kevin is still on Dragons Den, Robert left and no one has missed him. I've seen both speak and Robert acts all nice on the show but is insanely arrogant in real life. Kevin is himself, just more toned down.
I have no problems with it. Canadians are regularly gouged. Seeing as how Loblaws owns grocery stores under many different names, regularly "competing" with itself... they could probably help to keep butter down at a more reasonable level. I buy mine at the super walmart, which costs about $2.99/lb. We also have a number of ways in which prices are manipulated contrary to the free market. Dairy boards, maple syrup cartels, etc. I'm way too lazy to buy groceries in the States - and as a single female, the savings aren't really worth it for me (if I had a big family, though, the waits at borders and general hassles of the system could make it tempting) since I buy one bag of milk every 2-3 weeks, make food that lasts for centuries, etc.
@WaityKatie That isn't at all true though, plenty of "boring" jobs expect and get a steady stream of unpaid interns too. Internships are increasingly a mandatory step to getting a bachelor's degree in all fields, and as The Billfold has often reported, the overwhelming majority of jobs are filled through personal connections, connections the average twentysomething only has a hope of obtaining through interning, volunteering, or other unpaid work. It's a "choice" only insofar as you think being employed at all is a "choice."
@WaityKatie I actually was a little annoyed that the article made it sound like this only goes on in the creative industry. I've had three unpaid internships: one at a non-profit, one for local government, and a third for a private engineering company. This is the new norm, and it doesn't get much better once you are working in many jobs (even of the "boring desk" variety). I saw an article the other day about company layoffs even though many of the places made profits - they said they could do it because of "increased productivity", which I think for a lot of people means "I'm going to make all of my exempt employees work 70 hours a week".