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Bad Advice: Get A Job

Piers Fawkes, PSFK

I better start by saying that I love YPulse and the work Anastasia has put into the youth media site. But, today I have an issue with a post that Liz Funk, a writer and student, has posted today entitled ‘Tips For Young And Aspiring Media Professionals In Uncertain Times‘.

It’s not that her tips could have been published at any time in the last 40 years that really bothers me – it’s the lack of understanding about the huge shift in the working landscape that is happening and the great opportunities that this should bring. Whether we like it or not – a huge number of us are and will become freelancers. Many of the people losing their jobs now will not get new ones – they will have to make their own jobs. I’m sorry if that sounds blunt but that’s what’s going to happen.

I don’t really know why Liz is advising all these ‘young folks’ to go out and get a job when there’s no need to work in a huge company anymore. She should be advising students to just go out and set up their own companies, collaborate with each other and make products and services that the world really wants rather than a monopoly knows how to control the distribution.

And really, if a student does leave college and is lucky enough to get a job, all they’ll end up doing for the first 5 to 8 years of their working life is learn all the bad habits from their boss which in turn will make the rest of their career a misery.

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