Written by contributing author, Peter Rudd

There is a stark contrast between taking a job and making a job.  The one offers immediacy of transition. Weather moving from a current job or reentering the workforce, there is no ambiguity about when one needs to report to the office, perform tasks, how much the compensation will be and when it will come. And when the workday is done, it is done. Making a job or “startup” is different. Ambiguous, unclear, yet to be decided, risky, exciting, scary, and full of potential, begin to describe the typical day where anything can happen or nothing at all.

Choosing which to pursue to put bread on the table has always been said to be a matter of personal temperament and goals, each pursuit having the ability to fulfill or paralyze depending on one’s own individual make-up. But the world has changed for our generation, for all working people and those that will be working soon.  The move to a global economy has changed the rules of the game and often the answers to our most common questions.

“What do I want to do, what job should I pursue?” The question starts in High School and follows us throughout our lives. For many we can defer the asking for years or decades, but statistics show that each of us will change careers seven times during our lives…whether we want to or not.

We are now told we are global citizens part of a global economy in a tone that informs us that this is a good thing.  During the age of globalism however, the nature of our jobs, our work has been altered beyond recognition.  Financial and job security no longer results from commitment to an employer. Indeed, in a global economy such a commitment is not only more tenuous than ever, but depending on the sector of employ, it is a guarantee that one has entered a race-to-the-bottom.  Global competition, for blue and white-collar jobs is about lowest cost, period. How much are we willing to give up to compete?

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