There is always a comparison about life in the corporate world compared to working as a freelance photographer. The only thing to be said about it is that, photographers envy, emulate and idolize other photographers; while corporate workers and management envy, emulate and idolize photographers. That is the first and last thing to remember why photographers seldom become corporate drones, and why company employees want to be photographers.
The life of a photographer is hard. Until you become successful, with a steady stream of assignments, you need to prepare for that to happen. You have to hone your craft. Training consists of taking pictures, studying them, signing up for training from more experienced photographers, and to continuously try out new techniques. Even in your sleep you would be composing pictures in your dreams. Photography is a vocation and a lifestyle.
My Stint At Subway is Proof Enough
I do not mean to demean corporate workers. I have been there and gone through the drone phase. In fact I was part of the partners that worked on the photographs and videos in the training courses at Subway University. The one takeaway from the experience is that it saps the spirit.
One of the best job advice anyone can get is to get a job you love. Even better is to make something you love, your job. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who work don’t like their jobs, or worse, they really hate their jobs.
This is not about getting out of a rut, no, their whole career is a dump.
There is a duality between the objectives of the company and the objectives of the individual. The biggest bottom line of the corporation is to make the stockholders happy. It has come to the point where corporations have to show positive growth every single quarter. For the employee, his goals may not be in line with the company. In most cases, the job has diverged from what he envisioned it to be. This may not be what he signed up for.
Choose Your Life Not Your Work
The employee will always weigh his job decisions according to whether he loves his job or it pays enough for the trouble. At some points in his career, a person will decide to keep a job because he loves it, even if it pays less. At other times, he will keep a job because it pays a ton of money, even if he hates it. Seldom that a person has a job that he loves and pays him more than enough. However, when a person has a job he does not love, which pays below what he feels he is worth, then it is a time to move on.
Based on the top corporation in the world (check out the list at onlinecorporatetrainingprograms.com) The current corporate training mentality is built on performance. A person has to perform, and there are metrics to see what he did on a per quarter basis. Besides the job’s key performance indicators (KPIs) there are also evaluations.
You Are a Number To Them, Its Time To Become A Person
For some companies, there are also regular updates of standards and protocols. This was meant to have two-fold benefit and serves as a check and balance of the company’s responsibility for the employee. It is supposed to show that the company has been doing its job for the employee. Simply put, the quarterly resume has to show improvement of skills and training. For some big corporations, this means that the employee has to be sent to “corporate universities”, where an employee would go through long-term training which has been divided into modules.
I couldn’t handle that. I love the fact that my biggest concern is which airline will I choose today for my photo-gig in Hawaii. I would much rather take pictures and pay for my own training for my own skill development, when I need to.