From time to time the definition of what is a ‘good job’ keeps changing. In the 1970s it was a job in the American Oil companies. When people said they were working in ‘Esso’ or ‘Caltex’ – it was a great job. Esso was an acronym for ‘Every Saturday and Sunday Off’ – quite unheard of for the other companies.
Then it was the turn of pharma companies….the wheel keeps turning.
Now of course, undeniably it is the financial services industry – the number of profitable companies are not too high, but the employees are doing well.
There has been one industry though that has always had the fancy of boys – and some men too. That is the job of a sailor. Of course these jobs were always risky – but now the Somali angle has changed the definiton of risk.
A sailor goes out to sail to earn a living and gets paid (those who cannot say they are over paid 12th pass people – like our famous Civil aviation minister said about pilots). In India there are so many industries which employs Mba’s because they are available – LOL – and many of them doing the job of a 12th standard pass!
Funnily the Somali pirates do not touch the Russian ships? Why? One Russian navy ship just surrounded a Somali terrorist ship and killed all the pirates!
Manmohan Singh is of course busy with Raja, Praful, Sharad, Sonia….so the seafarer’s voice will not be heard…we need an Anna Hazare to get these sailors the basic right of freedom. Our Navy cannot – it is no patch on the Russian Navy. Or perhpaps they are scared of the Somalian terrorists!!
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