Some of the resumes and job strategy and attainment work I do are for unemployment people and some of these are ‘nomads’.
They’re caught in a cycle going from contract to contract, from short term job to short term job. Some live in caravan parks and some in their cars and RUVs.
Most of them didn’t lose their houses willingly, having fallen victim to mortgage fraud, job loss (especially in heavy industry and manufacturing), divorce, alcoholism, etc.
Some were hit by the financial collapse of 2008 or any number of economic downturns since.
They’re not cashed-up Grey Nomads. They’re living on the bones of their arse.
They live in a twilight zone well captured in the American nonfiction book, Nomadland, by Jessica Bruder. These are people forced to live out of a van, hunting for work.
It made me think of the hundreds of thousands of older men and women – and young people too – who have been cut loose from Australian society.
Bruder travelled with some of the houseless for years while researching and writing her book.
Most are Boomers and they find work at low-wage jobs at Amazon.com warehouses, at campgrounds, fruit picking and the like.
They build communities wherever they land, offering tips for overcoming common troubles, sharing food, repairing vehicles and more.
Even in the darkest times, people need community and if I can help them get a job to put food on the table and petrol in the tank, then I’ll side with the Nomads.