With the job market in dismal shape many have sought out means of carving out their own vocational opportunities. In the last two years Web 2.0 services and enterprises, medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and social media and video marketing campaigns, have all taken off with packed bags; in most cases these ventures have been the brainchildren of younger folks with forward thinking, go out and get it mentalities. When the top ten percent of every graduating class gets to spar amongst themselves for a few select positions at handful of Fortune 500 companies, not much more than table scraps and crumbs get left for everyone else to squabble over, few options exist beside besides languishing on the parents’ strained income, making it by working temp jobs, or pursuing illicit profits. So it appears that the best option really would be to step out and foot your own path.
Using the internet has made it more possible than ever to legitimize all possible business needs, from mail forwarding that provides the credibility of a recognizable address when you work from a coffee shop, to DIY’ing all your web design and communication needs with services such as WordPress and Skype. The New York Times just ran a feature on a young man named Scott Gerber who along with eighty other young entrepreneurs established “The Young Entrepreneur’s Council” as an advocacy group for other young enterprising individuals to support them in “building successful businesses and fighting the devastating epidemics of youth underemployment and unemployment” (http://www.nevergetarealjob.com/council/).
Graduating in the hapless summer of 2007 to a scrawny job market, and then footslogging through it until I decided to spend a year teaching English in France only to return to that same dearth of opportunity in the summer of 2010, I am all too familiar with the grim realities of the job market. Even though it is exciting to see so many younger professionals go out and create their own opportunities, it’s not all fun and games being that around ninety percent of small business startups fail. “The Young Entrepreneur’s Council” was established in order to better facilitate the transition out of school and into the business world by spreading the wealth of experience and resources to startups, all in hopes of minimizing that failure rate.
Having recently applied for Not-for-Profit statuts, the council’s services involve for the most part guiding other potential entrepreneurs in their business, personally responding to inquiries I media outlets such as “The Wall Street Journal” and the “American Express Open Forum” as well as many other online publications. Add “http://www.nevergetarealjob.com/council/” to your favorites for more to come.