Creatives need to start their own businesses or projects and market themselves online.
Creatives need to start their own businesses or projects and market themselves online. Think Stock

So what career path should you take in 2015?

I LEARNT from my first job that you should always be nice to check-out chicks, because if you don't you might find your eggs packed beneath heavy tins, bruises all over your apples and thumb holes through your yoghurt lids.

So began my education in the world of the workforce, abuses of power and rampant inequality constantly in battle with powerlessness, desperation and whatever strange emotional survival methods people choose.

I have watched whole picture frames disappear into underpants in spite. I've seen a middle-aged woman scream like a pressure cooker, face red and jowls wobbling, over butter triangles.

I have seen children defecate in the middle of a shop, an armed robber stab at a keyboard and a boss with a genuine case of obsessive compulsive disorder start sweating over a grain of salt on a table, as he paced out the exact distance between adjacent tables, placing one foot carefully in front of another like a child on his way home from school.

Suffice to say that with a career including everything from slicing deli meat to sewing bandages for burn victims and working on a pearl boat off the coast of Broome, I feel reasonably qualified to offer a little advice on which career path not to choose.

But what career path should you take? It is not a straight forward decision.

Aside from facing the casualisation of the workforce, with casual employees often being denied employment stability, sick leave, holidays, regular hours and therefore borrowing power; even in traditional workplaces vertical career progression no longer seems to exist as it once did.

To add to the dilemma, additional pressure is created by being constantly connected to the internet and inspirational memes; pressure to do something socially and environmentally beneficial which will not only make the world a better place but also suit your soul's purpose.

Status anxiety and social stigmas mean it's no longer enough to simply earn a wage and feed your family. We are constantly being told we need to break free, follow our hearts and earn more money at the same time.

It's all very well to hum the lyrics "do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be yeah", but people have to know what they want in the first place and that has to be backed up with a willingness to sacrifice whatever is necessary, while working towards some greater goal.

Entrepreneur and author Mark Manson in an article titled The Most Important Question of Your Life, turns the issue on its head.

Rather than asking what you want to do with your life, Manson asks "how are you willing to suffer?".

"What's more interesting to me is what pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives end up."

He goes on to explain: "People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don't end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to love the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not. Some people are wired for that sort of pain, and those are the ones who succeed."

If risk taking is not really high on your wants in life, journalist George Monbiot has some bad news for you. His career advice includes this:

"What the corporate or institutional world wants you to do is the opposite of what you want to do. It wants a reliable tool, someone who can think, but not for herself: who can think instead for the institution."

In this digital world those who wish to live a life true to their desires, interests and personalities have to create their own work, particularly those in creative fields.

There is no golden film industry or artistic career sitting there waiting to be taken.

Creatives need to start their own businesses or projects and market themselves online, doggedly sticking to their chosen direction.

Going to uni or TAFE to study film, design or architecture, will be far more effective if you have a project or business that you want to work on while you are there, thus making the most of the available knowledge base and equipment.

But which project would you as an individual like to implement in this world? Can't decide? If you find yourself in a total paralysis-by-analysis decision-making-bind just remember - the decision that you actually make is the right decision and you can always change your mind later

. And don't forget the unusual jobs.

There are pearl boats floating off the coast of Broome where technicians spend all day inserting little wooden beads into the gonads of oysters while battling sea sickness and cabin fever, but getting paid large sums of money.



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