I read an article a few years ago about a young man who, like many of his peers, couldn’t find a job when he graduated from college. So he started a business. His first attempt tanked — he hadn’t narrowed his concept enough — but once he figured that out, his second try took off. And once his business was successful, he started a foundation to offer advice and a financial kickstart to other recent college graduates who couldn’t find jobs. There aren’t any jobs, he said. You have to make your own
Edra Ziesk on the need to write and the need for an income:
“Like me, she’s a writer. Like me, she’s published three books. Like me — and most other people who do creative things — she needs to do something else to make a living. There’s a 99 percent with writers too.
So she teaches, as I also have. But jobs are hard to come by, especially if you don’t have an MFA… She got the credential the academic marketplace apparently wants. What she didn’t get out of her program was a job.”