We Create Diplomas
That’s right. There are many jobs out there where a high school diploma or some sort of certificate is good enough. That’s who developed the job market is in certain parts of the world.
In certain areas of the Middle East, this is also the case. They just need warm bodies. As long as you know what to do in certain situations and you have enough skills, they will take your service regardless of whether you have a piece of paper saying that you are qualified.
This is really the bottom line behind any kind of diploma program. It really is some sort of statement regarding your fitness for a particular job. Now, there is a lot of debate about this because as job markets tighten in certain parts of the economy, more and more people are questioning whether employers should have such a narrow focus on diplomas.
I am sure if you have worked in any kind of corporate job in your life, you probably have come across one too many persons who are obviously incompetent. Okay, let’s just get that out of the way. I don’t mean to be harsh. I don’t mean to be judgmental, but this is obviously the case. There are many people out there with college degrees, Master’s degrees, and even post-graduate degrees who are completely clueless. These people can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag and that is not an understatement. That description actually comes close to actually describing their set of competencies, skills, and attitude.
On top of all of this, these individuals also have an entitlement mentality. Did you know that a lot of people with advanced degrees demand that they get paid at least $100,000? They have this idea that if they have a Master’s degree from the top 50 schools in the United States, Western Europe, or wherever else that somehow, someway, this qualifies them for $100,000 or more in annual compensation.
What they all think
They think that somehow, someway, the world owes them six-figure income, but let me tell you, the world doesn’t owe them anything; seriously. I know this is kind of a harsh wakeup call, but this is the absolute truth. And the moment you are able to get out from under this thinking is the moment you actually start getting on the road to making a six-figure income.
It is all about proving yourself. This means that regardless of how much money you get paid for your first job, take it. Seriously, take it. I remember when I first got out of school and had a History degree, I was offered a $35,000 a year job. I took it and I am better for it because at least my foot was in the door. At least, I was on the bottom floor of a pyramid going up a building. Do you see how this works?
Unfortunately, a lot of people are under the impression that they have to start at the top. Just because they have the right diploma from the right school and talking about the right programs that somehow, someway this means that they are going to be making $100,000 per year. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to prove your worth. Once you step through those doors, you’re just like everybody else. You’re just another face in the crowd. You have to prove your worth.
How do you prove your worth?
Well, there are two ways to do it. None of these ways has anything to do with that piece of paper in your hands.
I don’t care if it’s a high school diploma, a junior high school diploma, a college diploma, a Master’s degree diploma, or Ph.D. diploma. It’s worthless; seriously.
I know you probably won’t hear this, but this is what a lot of employers think. Time and time again, I have hired people with all sorts of fancy degrees and came from really prestigious schools, who flat-out drop the ball. They are either too stupid, too incompetent, or worse yet, too privileged and entitled to do a decent job.
It’s not like I’m very particular in the kind of results I expect from my employees. I actually think of myself as a pretty basic guy. Either you know how to do the job after I trained you or you don’t. Sadly, a lot of people who seem like they have IQ’s over 130 can’t seem to get it together. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it is some sort of autistic spectrum issue or they are just too apathetic. Whatever the case may be, there is this creeping sense of entitlement that if things don’t work out, it’s your fault as their employer.
No. 1 Factor
This really is quite sad because there are really only two factors at play to determine how much money you will be making.
This has been true in the past, this is true now, and I strongly suspect that this will continue to be the case long into the future. This is basic economics, folks. This is not rocket science.
So what are these two factors? First is productivity. In other words, in the course of a typical 8-hour work day, how many production units can you produce? Now, a lot of people may be thinking that this only applies to an industrial or factory setting. You would be absolutely wrong. This applies to any work. Even if you sit in front of a computer all day, every day, you still need to produce based on a certain benchmark. So if you are not able to produce enough units, if you are not able to move enough files, if you are not able to close enough cases, then there is a problem.
Why? Well, how much money your employer makes depends on the total productivity of his or her organization. If you are the weakest link and you can’t produce enough, well, you’re probably well on your way on your way out because nobody in their right mind would pay $50 for somebody who produces work that when productivity is factored in would only be worth $20. That’s just not going to happen.
The second factor that you need to keep in mind is work quality. Even if you don’t produce that many units, if your work quality is so high that the clients of your employees or the partner companies of the corporation you work for pay a premium for your work, then you are well worth it. But if the quality is very low and your productivity is nothing to write home about, then we have a serious problem.
Pay close attention to these two factors. Master them, and let me tell you, you will be able to write your own paycheck. It’s only a matter of time. It’s not rocket science.
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