- Paid internships and apprenticeship programs. Students and job-seekers alike need more access to paid experiential learning opportunities in the field. The more experience they have, the better prepared they are to choose and create successful career paths, often ones that have not yet been paved.
- Support from businesses and consumers. More than lip service needs to be paid to small local businesses, artists and designers. Choosing quality over the bottom line in business and personal purchasing decisions helps small independent vendors stand a chance against big global competitors, which in turn leads to job creation and more money in local economies.
- Policy and programs to mitigate risks. The new economic reality needs more supports for those working as consultants, independent contractors and small business owners. Policies and programs that facilitate benefits and retirement savings are critical. Being an active player in this changing economy should not require sacrificing security and piece of mind.
- Funding and support for enterprise. We need stronger incentives for starting up independent businesses and social enterprises: more help with university tuition, greater student loan flexibility, enterprise funding, mentorship, market access. Innovation needs to be seeded and nurtured. Support is needed for those in the creative industries and social innovation, not just for researchers and innovators in high tech and biomedical fields.
My opinion: The Payoff Principle seems pretty interesting. I will look it up.
Job interview: A few months ago, I did a job interview and I wrote about it. Remember that time the interviewer was a woman who I felt like was "attacking" me? Her tone of voice was kind of harsh. The whole story is this: I was interviewing for a credit and collections agency.
Now I'm sure all you are like: "Oh yeah. That explains her tone of voice. She is probably so used to yelling at people on the phone to pay their bills, that this is how she normally talks now."