On June 19th, The New York Times published an article by Noam Scheiber titled "The Law School Bust." Since then, 1,346 comments have come in. The NYT published some of them. Here you can read them.
One comment which likely resonates is by RF, Baltimore:
"The plight of lawyers shows the shape of things to come. Soon all professionals will be stripped of their elite status by automation, overseas outsourcing and special visas."
Of course, in some professions, that is already happening. I would replace the term "automation" with "technology."
Technology has put on the unemployment line so-called elites ranging from corporate middle managers to legal secretaries to journalists.
Much more upheaval is to come. Displaced lawyers are the canaries in the mine. We observe them to figure out how we should comport ourselves after we can't get work in what we were educated to do.
It was from talking with myriad stuck unemployed and underemployed lawyers that I got it that I too would be stuck if I didn't get our my niche - editorial - and try something else. Right now I am again making a good buck in marketing/advocacy communications. But I haven't settled in. I know now that I can never settle in again.
Years ago Daniel Pink warned that if you wanted to prevent your own unemployment find work that was hands-on, literally. But, some of those who follow that advice might still wind up out of work. For example, nurses.
Technology is continually eliminating the need for so many of them. A central computerized monitoring station of multiple patients in a medical facility does that job better than humans and cheaper. One nurse or even a lower-cost aide can be called in to adjust the oxygen mask which fell off. And that could be that for hours. No further human intervention will be needed.
We will face less crushing disappointment and regroup faster if we just see ourselves as gig economy hustlers. Yes, we are back to cave man times.
Every day he had to go out there and find supper. That's just the way it was. Probably he didn't reflect on how it should have been for a great guy like himself.
Unlike us, the caveman probably didn't assume he was "special." All he might have known is that he was hungry.