You've been told that:
- the economy is bad and it's hard to get a job
- "the companies" and CEOs control our wages and will try as many dirty tricks in the book to milk profits from their workers
- slaving through 4 years of college will get you $X amount of dollars more than a high school grad
That sounds pretty dreary.
And it's an unfortunate reality for people who think this is true.
Let me relieve you right now: the job market is great, college isn't the best use for the majority of people who go, companies are fair, and here's why.
"How Bad the Economy is" is not an Excuse
Contrary to popular belief:
- The US economy is in decent shape. Hey, at least it's not horrible. Don't let the fearmongerers have you believe that immigrants are taking our jobs, we're outsourcing everything to China, or that we're somehow in worse shape than the Great Depression. Almost none of these affects us seriously on a micro-level. Stop using the economy as an excuse for anything.
- Companies are always looking for talented workers. Whether they have a job listing or not, if you have something that will contribute something valuable to the company, they're going to want you on their team. For new grads, you're going to have to find the holes in what a company needs and offer it to them, even if it means working for free for a month.
Companies Are Greedy... and Why That's Good For You
Because they're just looking to increase their bottom-line, they will do everything in their power to make sure that they:
- Produce a product that customers want to buy and that will solve their problems
- Reduce costs as much as possible for the consumer
- Create jobs that employees will want to stay in for as long as possible
- Purchase services from other companies and work together
- Provide as much value for the customer (and often times society)
Now why is any of that good for you?
It means that if you find any way to solve any of these problems for a business, then you can increase their bottom line.
If you can do that, then that means that you are valuable to the company. Find that way and sell them on why they need it. It's easier than you think.
The Great College Myth
Marketing teams for universities and colleges have done a sensational job at persuading people (mainly your parents) that college was a necessary investment in this terrible economy.
Because they've weaved this whole narrative about how you have no hope unless you have a degree, they've sold you on the fact that you need it.
They've done such a good job at it too, that it's almost taboo to question the "intrinsic value" of a degree (if you think that a college degree is priceless, please leave now).
You've been taught to add anything you could to the never-ending list on your resume. "Go for this X award," or do this "$12,000 leadership honor society trip for philanthropic children", because it's so worth it. Unfortunately, this doesn't get you "ahead" -- this just further leads you into the wormhole of accolade-chasing.
You've been told to hold off on pursuing your goals and dreams.
You've been told to wait while high school, college, and a boring entry level job consume your life so that you can spend your limited old years doing what you really want to do.
You just chase for the sake of the nebulous idea of "getting ahead in life".
It's time to break that habit.
Start saying no to "getting ahead in life" and saying yes to things that will get you that life you want today.
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