So, here’s the job I’m offering you.
There are no benefits. No dental, medical, or retirement. You get no days off. No sick leave. No personal leave. No vacation time. There’s no job security.
You get to pay your own taxes.
Seniority means nothing.
You’ll be on the hook for any college classes or professional conferences or online courses you sign up for. Degrees in this field will do little or nothing to land you a position or put you ahead of the other applicants.
And there will be plenty of them.
Hundreds of thousands.
Any compensation at all is uncertain, wildly sporadic, and if you do get paid, the person who helped you land your job will get fifteen percent of everything you make. Forever.
There’s no bonus for working overtime. In fact, you’ll probably put in some form of overtime nearly every day for the rest of your life.
Long hours? You better believe it.
An ergonomically designed office? Unlikely. That cluttered corner of your basement will probably have to do.
If you don’t like feeling pressured, under the gun, stressed, or overwhelmed, this position isn’t going to be a good fit for you. [Read more…]