I have been looking to move towns for a while now. The lion’s share of my friends live 45-90 minutes away and, curiously, it seems that they’d like it if I wasn’t so far away. So there’s incentive to move a little closer. An issue for that change of scenery is that to move closer to one group of friends would mean moving further away from my job. The results of which would be an hour long commute, at the very least.

Needless to say, it makes moving impractical no matter how socially appealing it may be.

To that end there are a couple of people who, irregularly, send me links to advertisements for employment. This is something that I very much appreciate — and I think I just realised that I never actually replied to the last person who sent me one — but, unfortunately, they are rarely suitable.

One of the reasons for this is because people appear to think of me as being more capable than I am — or more capable than I wish to be.

Teaching positions — I would be terrible as a teacher.

Art positions — While I enjoy drawing comics, and would like to be able to pursue that interest as a career, I have no illusions as to the limits of my abilities.

Community development positions — You can’t build, promote and develop communities without networking and socialising. I hate socialising.

The crux of the issue, though, is that many of the jobs have management elements to them. I have no wish to ever enter a position of management. It’s not who I am, it’s not who I want to be, and it’s not something that I like.

Business Management featured prominently in my university degree. I spent several semesters studying it, debating it, and writing about it. I am familiar with the subject. I am familiar with good practice, I am familiar with bad practice, and I am familiar with what is academically considered good practice but what I morally consider to be very bad practice.

At the conclusion of my degree I realised that I have no interest in ever pursuing a career in Business Management.

After reading texts, debating with peers, and discussion with university lecturers, I have developed a very low opinion of modern methods of business management. This has, unfortunately, been further supported by stories that I hear from others. Recently, a person I know was injured at their workplace after a piece of equipment fell apart. They had informed their superiors about it six-months earlier, and nothing had been done. After the accident the management response was less than encouraging. Personally, I found this profoundly disappointing.

However, what I find more disappointing is the way that people seem to dismiss these kinds of things. “Welcome to work.” “Well, that’s the way things are.” This is not a mentality I can respect. I don’t care if this is ‘the-way-things-are’, things shouldn’t be  this way. Unfortunately, if everyone just shrugs — and worse, accuses you of being the problem because you won’t ‘get-with-the-program’ — it won’t ever get better.

Quite the reverse, I suspect.

-TM