Okay, read it. Yep thought as much. Two glaring,y obvious flaws in the otherwise entertaining comedy.
Use of 'secure career' declined in the 80's onwards because so too did the security part of careers. A little thing called redundancy happened, a lot. As we all got slap happy with the technology and pc's entered people's homes and ATMS started appearing in walls and security went out the window. Corporations now had a new word 'expendable'. Why hire two people when you can fire five? Careers were no longer secure, they were mobile. I entered the workforce in the early 90's and even at that point there was no such thing as a secure career. You could get 5 maybe 10yrs tops in a company but the idea you can work there for the next 40yrs and climb the ladder had pretty much gone. The security of my career now depended upon me making strategic moves from one company to the next but I could never be sure how long I would be there. And as many middle managers discovered even 'making it' could see you on the end of a redundancy should a merger occur or the auditors move in. Maybe the writer hadn't lived through the 90's?
Working hard will make you special - Sadly no it wont. If hard work was all that is required I'd be a CEO by now because jokes aside I can guarantee anyone who employed me in the past 20yrs certainly got their money's worth. Hard work just doesn't define the labour market anymore, mobility and price do. In the age of digital wonders anyone, anywhere in the world can do your job, and probably do it better than you (according to the things your employer cares about....aka labour units per $). Once upon a time (the late 80's, early 90's) a programmer in India couldnt snaffle your job out from under your nose because of geograhical proximity, language issues and the infancy of global networking. You didnt have to be the best programmer in the world, you just needed to be one of the best in your local area. Outsourcing changed your hard work ethic from a sure thing to a frustration. It doesnt really matter if you are good value for money for the local market or great at your job, if 5 people in Manila can do what you do for half the price you're redundant.
Anyone who lived through the 00's and had a mobile phone can attest to the nosedive telco's performed in terms of customer service through automation and outsourcing. Where you could once just call the telco and have e problem fixed by someone with the same accent as you in 5mins, now you are lucky if you can even find a phone number to call. Most of the times its please fill in this web form and someone in Bangkok will get back to you in a week. If you dofind a numberits not ven a person anymore, its some telebanking-thingy that only allows you to pay your bill. Product, service and customers dont matter, only how cheap it is does.