Never Mind the Bollocks

Degrees: Pay More, Earn Less

This was the headline of yesterday’s Metro. Between 2007 and 2012, students in the UK have seen their tuition fee rise to an average of £9,000 annually, while their salary upon graduation  has decreased because of an increasingly competitive job market. Apparently, we are “the first generation to have it worse than their parents”. And this is the UK, currently the best economy of entire Europe. Youth unemployment is 60% in Greece, 55% in Spain, 42% in Italy. A Lost Generation. I wrote about this before in the context of Europe, where I gave the option to either remain complacent and indeed become a lost generation, or yell to gain attention from policy makers. Today I offer another option, one that makes the previous two obsolete.

Sure, we’ll be the Lost Generation if we try to find jobs according to the graduate schemes made by those who labelled us Lost in the first place. But what if we don’t apply? What if we do whatever we want and go our own way? I offer to screw the rules. Screw the 9-5. Screw working in a cubicle to earn money. What’s an annual  £30,000 worth if you work 12 hours a day, and only see the world through conference rooms? Let’s not work to earn money. Instead, let’s do whatever we want to do, and make money alike.

How? Creativity. I strongly believe societal rules can be circumvented with enough creativity. Those who create (actors, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, musicians) are often envied by those who don’t, and rightly so. They have much more leverage to lead their own life. You might think you’re not creative, yet creativity is within everyone’s reach. It just requires conscious thought. Do not be complacent, but think about what you like and how you can use that to create something new.

Do you think you need a resume when you build your own business? Do you believe you’ll still need to think of an answer for the “what are your main weaknesses” question when you have 15,000 people following your blog? Are you a meek kitten waiting to be spoon-fed by the corporate adults, or do you screw the rules and come up with something of your own? Do you apply for graduate schemes with 99% rejection chance, do you apply for that job you know you’ll never quite like, or do you chase what you love, and try to make a living out of it? Worst-case scenario for the latter: You fail completely and end up applying for a graduate scheme with 99% rejection chance, or for a job you know you’ll never like.

There is no better time to think of building your own life than today: borders are open, travel is cheap, and the Internet makes everything available everywhere. You can be a freelance journalist, travel blogger, adventurer, arbitrager between currencies, and so on. The possibilities are endless with enough imagination. Use your time productively, step outside of your comfort zone often and use all your potential to be the best and create the best.

We’re not worse off than our parents. We are the New Generation, and we are ready to take over the world with new ideas that will blow old minds. We will test our mental and physical limits and show what is possible. We will lead unconventional lives and be Citizens of the World. We will dance, and show everyone what we are capable of.

 

 

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