Job Security is an Oxymoron

by Stuart G. Walesh, Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Pg. 62-63

Document Type: Feature article


The old notion of job security has given way to improved personal productivity, growth of the global economy, outsourcing and a glut of engineering talent. The author describes how young civil engineers can survive—even thrive—in the new work world. Twenty-six years ago, I called my mother to tell her I left my first real job. She was dismayed even though I was leaving by my choice. My mother lived through the hard times of the Great Depression when, if you were lucky enough to have a job, you did everything you could to keep it. My mother knew the importance of a secure job.

Subject Headings: Employment | Security | Professional development | Engineering profession

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