Sep 22nd, 2007 by Cameron
Perhaps I’m one of the last of a dying breed (though the general response from the CareerRamblings community shows otherwise), but I believe that people need to ditch the dependent attitudes and learn how to become self sufficient. While there’s nothing wrong with being an employee, and success isn’t always dependent on your ability to start and run a successful business, many people exit post-secondary with an attitude of dependence- you know what I’m talking about.
A prime example of this is a friend of mine: he just graduated (with honors) with a degree in English, and now he’s quite angry that he’s having difficulties getting the job that he wants. He wants to be a writer for a rather popular magazine, you see, but they don’t appear to have any interest in hiring him. Finally, after listening to him whine and complain for what seemed like months I finally asked him why he didn’t try launching his own freelance writing firm.
Do you want know his response? “Because it’s much easier for me to find a job than to start a company.” You know, that may be true, it probably is easier to find a job rather than create one. In a lot of ways I agree, but I fundamentally disagree entirely with what he said. From my perspective, it would make more sense to launch my own business and create the job that I wanted.
I know that there are many different perspectives on this subject, and in a way all of them are correct, but I feel that people shouldn’t be so dependent on others. Moreover, those people shouldn’t get angry when the jobs simply aren’t there. Call me crazy, but I think a bit of self-direction and elbow grease is much more satisfying.