Every year, more and more graduates are being churned out from higher education institutions than the job market can bear. And as long as more people compete for less and less opportunities, then there’s bound to be a bruising battle in years to come. Unfortunately, many universities still preach employment as the universal solution despite the fact that structural unemployment is steadily climbing beyond 60% in most economies today. Moreover, most of our peers aren’t making matters any better when they keep reminding us that we always need to get a job. But does that always have to be the case?
Problems that Are Bound to Persist with the Popular Salvation of Job Dependence
First of all, I can boldly state that this obsession with job dependence has and will continue generating a miserable lot. That’s because employment is more or less becoming a superficial affair if the latest unfavourable job market trends are anything to go by. And as long as the popular salvation of job dependence persists, then there’s bound to be serious problems such as:
- Wastage of time and money as people gamble with irrelevant vocational courses just to maintain their jobs.
- Slump in the value of labour as employers are spoilt for choice of job dependant ’slaves’.
- Corrupt and manipulative job interviews since everyone is competent and the game is survival for the wealthy and connected.
- Neglect of worker’s rights as employers enjoy the desperation of job dependence.
- Stressful, overcompensating and unfulfilling careers as the employers exploit the abundance of excessive labour supply and adapt the ’take it or leave it’ mentality in recruitment exercises.
- Escalation in crime and violence as street riots persist blaming governments for massive unemployment.
- Educated and frustrated graduates that suffer the rude shock and disappointment of a job market that’s far much different from their superficial and overhyped lecture hall expectations.
How then Does One Independently Transition from Job Dependence to Job Creation?
The reason why the transition should be independent is simply because many of us are guilty of succumbing to the peer effect on many occasions. From pursuing popular degrees to having an employment based perception, most of us are influenced by expectations from family, friends and acquaintances. However, a select few have risen above peer influence, broken the superficial job market rules and done what many can’t do which is creating jobs. However, they first had to transition from job dependence to job creation by:
#1 Learning to See Opportunity in every Crisis
People naturally tend to hit the panic button when a crisis persists. For instance, when massive unemployment persists, desperation kicks in and wrong decisions are made. However, with the right attitude and a strong resolve to succeed, you can learn to see through the curtain of crisis and notice emerging and untapped market gaps that can be exploited through sound entrepreneurial skills. This can’t happen if you naively subscribe to the views and opinions of the majority.
#2 Overcoming the Guilt of Short Living People’s Expectations
Speaking of people’s opinions, influence is mainly spread through rumours and gossip camouflaged as normal and casual conversations. And as a result, a culture of superficial expectations tends to be shaped and adhered to. It’s no wonder that the blame game regarding the dynamics of job markets is usually inconclusive because it’s a ’he said, she said’ affair. Therefore, you can’t afford to jeopardize your future with shallow and misinformed expectations. In any case, you’re likely to transition effectively if you fully take responsibility for your independent career decisions. In any case, everyone is more than glad to offer advice, but they’re hesitant when it comes to taking blame.
#3 Taking Unique, Informed and Exclusive Risks
The world today is full of secrets to success. Problem is, once they reach the public domain, then everyone follows suit and soon enough, the secret becomes obsolete. This means that for you to effectively create jobs, you’ve got to think of innovative products and services that people will want in future. However, when taking such risks, you should make exclusive and informed decisions especially if you’re venturing in an already flooded market. Otherwise, you’ll be bound for disappointed if you simply follow the ’proven and tested’. At times, it will require for you to take the first leap into unique, exclusive and uncharted waters to make a major transition to job creation.
#4 Getting Rid of Unnecessary Baggage
Is there anything holding you back from making this transition? Maybe it’s the fear of success or bad peer influence. How about your low self esteem or your envious attitude towards successful people? Do your conservative religious beliefs that perceive money and power as evil? These are just but a few baggage holding people back from realizing their full potential in life.
When making a transition from job dependence to job creation, many people would rather wait for ideal situations as they blame the world for their misery. But as Dalai Lama once said, "if you think everything is someone else’s fault, you’ll suffer a lot."
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