I have always noticed that there are a lot of unhappy people out there. I’m not saying that I’m happy. In fact, I wouldn’t advice you to touch me with an 8ft pole However, I noticed the increasing trend: A lot of people are chasing jobs or creating services and products to fit in with a certain image. For example, think how many design grads are applying to design positions? The competition may be a thousand designers for one job at a company. Its also the case in areas such as banking, marketing, etc. However, at the other end of the spectrum, I heard stories of 80 year old toolmakers being hired because there is a dangerously critical shortage of them.
I see more and more ideas, branding, styles and products which confuse the mind and sometimes make you wonder what is wrong and what is right. Many people are making up and promoting their own philosophies in an attempt to be recognised and to be apprecitated, some of which may not even make sense. Sometimes you can see that the idea was not created to function as a benefit, but it was created to fill an imaginary “gap” in an imaginary market. On further analysis, the idea was just created to sell a particular person alone. Why bother selling yourself to an organization that may not have any concrete benefit, but your job may be “hot” or “trendy”?
I have nothing against creativity. However, it’s worrying when there are so many individuals who are engaged in it, and are not questioning simple things like whether their work has any benefit at all?
Maybe there is a reason why there may be one designer for every 3000 people of other occupations in some companies. Maybe one idea generator is enough to make work for 3000 non-idea generators. Being creative is good, but so is being analytical, dexterous, patient or whatever. Why are so many students at schools told that they are creative and intelligent when they are not challenged in these qualities to an adequate extent? Why are they given a false idea that creativity is a higher level activity than some other ones? Why are governements massively investing in research and creativity-led knowledge economies in a vain attempt to get out of “recession”? I mean, sometimes students are told that these research and development sectors are keys to economic recovery, and this causes these students to think that this is the only kind of thing that will save them from poverty. This may be the reason for increasing competition and the rise of useless and egotistical ideas.
The question is, why do teachers of schools and media give such a poor grip of reality to young people? Why are things like work ethic and finding out your own talents and using them not emphasized nowadays? Why is the glossy side of everything shown, and not the mundane side of things as well?
The ultimate question that perplexes me, though, why are so many people applying to “hot” jobs when they will be underpaid, oveworked and they may not be as good at it as some guy who does it in his spare time? Maybe there is a reason why a toolmaker’s or a secretary’s shift may be strictly 8 hours long, leaving enough time for enjoying life and creating ideas or whatever in spare time.
Maybe if we could embrace reality, we could get out of current crisis with better work ethic and efficiency, rather than with ideas alone.