We all crave some level of stability. Just ask any woman who’s been “casually dating” a “free spirit” kinda guy for more than two weeks and she’ll be the first to tell you she wants stable, reliable, and predictable. We all get to a point in our lives where we don’t have the desire to live out of a backpack anymore. We want to settle down, put down some roots, maybe have a few kids, and travel occasionally.
In school we were told that if we went to college and didn’t goof off too much, we would get a job after graduation. We’d be college educated so that would obviously translate into gainful employment and our parents definition of “success”. We were learning toward stability.
This didn’t happen.
Despite the fact that 160,000 jobs were added to the market in February, the unemployment rate for millennials (18-29 year olds) is around 13%. For those 20-somethings that do have a job, a 2009 Yale University study showed students who graduate into a recession can expect to earn a 10 percent lower wage after a decade of work than they otherwise would have earned in a strong economy.
The idea that if you’re one of the “lucky” twenty-somethings to get a job when you graduate, you’ll be set, simply isn’t the case anymore. It used to be that you’d enter a large company at the bottom of the totem pole and work for a couple decades toward middle management. You’d remain at that company – stably employed until retirement and Florida called your name.
But in todays market, as long as someone is paying you to do something, they may one day decide that they no longer need you. Or that they can find someone else to do your job faster or cheaper.
So, if we can all agree that there really is no such thing as job security today, why would we kill ourselves to get a job where we have no control over our position? A job here we are filling the shoes of some other guy who couldn’t do it as cheap as we can all in the name of “job security”.
Now, if you’ve been unemployed for more than six months, it’s time to get up and just make something happen. But in a time where there is no such thing as job security, there’s nothing stopping us from starting something truly amazing. Something that betters and highlights our own skills and creates value for the world around us. Be the person that creates jobs for others. Be the person that thought to do things differently. Be the linchpin that just makes it work.
Of course, starting your own company, organization, or being part of a start-up has a whole host of other risks involved but “job security” shouldn’t be one of them if you’re willing to work hard and not quit until you’ve created something truly awesome.