Write an essay that discusses the statement: ‘there is no such thing as a job for life’. In order to do this you will need to discuss concepts such as reskilling, deskilling and upskilling. Please note that you are also required to hand in the concept map that you produced in order to plan this essay.
This notion seems to pose as a self evident statement, but in reality it has become a common truth a couple of decades ago. Statements such as “One in three workers remain in a job for less than two years…” (Trapp, 1995) make their way to the public at a constant rate increasing its validity. In the following essay we are going to assess the basic historical changes that have led to an unstable and fluctuating job market while providing the necessary explanation concerning the effects that shape our current situation. Furthermore we are going to examine how globalisation acts as a catalyst to these circumstances. In order to address this issue we have to take into consideration the historical background that has led to this notion. I am going to concentrate on one of the people that made the most important steps on the concept of production relating their work to its current form. I’m going to address the work of F.W. Taylor that was the theorist that put together what Henry Ford, the second persona, put into action through the assembly line. Taylor’s aim was to optimise the production of a product by focusing on two main aspects. The first was to break down the process of production into the smallest possible component, a process known as specialisation, and in advance to limit the time frame that each step needed to completion. This was named by Taylor as a division of labour in time and motion. In order to achieve that Taylor manifested a number of methods, such as the training workers into mastering a simple and specific task so that they didn’t have to put any mental effort into it that would have complicated the process. In order though to control this...
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