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The biggest issue I have with this is that most contractor/agent positions are already for the experienced workforce. It's usually the bigger companies who invest more capital in their employees, such as helping with training and licensing.

I am lucky since I am in the medical field and my training is funded in large part by the government (residency programs are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services). However, some of my friends who are recent law or engineering graduates are having a hard time finding their first "big firm/big company" job. Most of these companies would rather hire someone with a few years of experience under their belt, and if the skilled workers cannot be found domestically, they look elsewhere.

Two major downsides are apparent with the rise of agent/contract jobs:
1. Less jobs with benefits (independent contractors positions do not always come with medical insurance or pension plans).
2. Companies/small businesses look for those already trained and are much less willing to invest capital in a untrained employees.

Both provide short term benefits to businesses with dire long term consequences for this generation of workers.
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