At a recent Christmas party, a quick headcount told me that five of my 25 guests had been laid off or fired in the preceding few months — a 20 percent unemployment rate. Heads bowed, uncomfortably quiet, all were despondent about the job market. It got me
thinking back to the circumstances that led to my career as a private tutor.
I’d been unemployed once too, back in 2003, after mercifully...