On the one hand, we see that there are barely any jobs available in Rabwah, and on the other hand, many residents have emigrated abroad over the last few decades. The emigrants send money back home to their families in Rabwah to support them. Many young people in the town become heavily reliant on this support money sent from abroad, as they not only struggle to find work for themselves, but often may be the last male child left behind with the role of caring for the rest of the family while their sibling toils abroad to support the family financially. Often, there are those who do not want to work in this situation either, and some say they ‘lead a luxurious life’ by not having to work. I disagree with this; I call them the ‘Lost Generations’ that are causing devastating social implications.
Those that are accustomed to being financially dependent on others and have never had to work in their life barely understand the value of hard work. The dependency becomes a difficult cycle to break. This behavior has a direct result on children’s perception of reaping the rewards of hard work. They grow up to see their parents in a jobless routine, yet providing all the living essentials. As a result, they cannot understand what an independent and hard-working life means unless someone teaches them or shows them how by being a living example.
In my opinion, a city like Rabwah with around 100,000 inhabitants not only needs small businesses, but also medium-sized and large companies so that we open up an array of job opportunities and long-term career goals for its residents. These opportunities can generate a motivating atmosphere for those lacking in ambitions. One of these motivations will be a steady and well-paid source of income. When there are no well-paid jobs in the environment, it naturally results in a lack of ambition and competitiveness. When you start seeing your peers attend to high-level jobs with a steady and good source of income, you are naturally inclined to want the same for yourself to benefit from life’s comforts through financial means.