Is Creating A “New” Job Really A “New” Job?


For as long as I can remember, the idea of creating new jobs to help resolve, or least smooth over, a struggling economy has been an interesting mystery to me. 

Just exactly, how do you “create” new jobs?  How do people who have lost jobs end up in these “new” jobs? 

Frankly, what are these “new” jobs? 

It feels as though these “new” jobs are basically the same recycled jobs we have always done, but supplanted from one place to another place.  Teacher, firefighter, desk job, or any other job we have had in the past are not “new” jobs, despite the goals to increase the number of these positions. 

They’re the same old jobs we have done forever.  Retread and recycled.

A “new” job is something that is created and has never been heard of before.  Social media strategist, new media reporter, are two that come to mind. 

I think of startups and entrepreneurs as part of the “new” class of jobs.  They are providing a service, niche or general, that is in need today.  From creating new apps for phones, or providing a new way to order concert tickets, these “new” jobs are in demand, but need to be created and shaped before they become a functional part of our daily world. 

That’s what “new” jobs, to me, is defined.  Sure, if you land a new job, it simply means you have changed locations, job title, and company.  But, is it a “new” job, or a recycled gig that someone else used to do before they left and you walked in? 

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