Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It is better to work for a business owned by someone you do not know than to work for a business owned by your family.
Given the fierce competition in the job market, some people who are tired of interviews and exams would like to find a position in family business. In my mind, however, people benefit more in the long term if they choose to work in a company owned by strangers.
Admittedly, there are immediate benefits for us to work for the family. In family business, parents and relatives can offer a stable position that helps us soon ease financial burden. More importantly, the guidance and support from them enables us to quickly adapt to the work environment and improve necessary work skills. Therefore, it is comparatively easier to achieve career success. For instance, working in the restaurant owned by parents, children are able to learn much parents’ valuable first-hand work experience, such as how to negotiate with suppliers for the best vegetable and meat at reasonable price and how to recruit competitive chef. All these help people swiftly grow up as mature businessmen.
However, to work in family business is not always the best option. In the first place, to be happy and successful in career, one needs to find a job that he is passionate on, but not a shortcut with family’s help. It is likely that children have no interest in what the company owned by parents or relatives is doing. As a result, the only motivator for them to stay in family business is the stable income which is far from enough to encourage diligence or dedication. Possibly, they will end up with mediocre employees. On the contrary, if they have the courage and ambition to pursue a job that they are interested in, there will be a completely different scenario. Internally charged, people are more willing to make efforts and give full play to their strength in the company. Moreover, they will become self-driven to boost capabilities and strive for promotion. In a word, interests will be the most effective motivator in one’s career advancement.
In the second place, the endeavor one makes in a strange company enables him to become independent and develop strong wills. Without protection from parents and relatives, people will surely encounter more barriers and confront more difficulties. However, this experience of hardship is actually precious and rewarding, as people gain confidence from the process of solving problems independently and cheering up from frustration and failure. For example, in parents’ company, children inherit almost everything, including loyal clients, reliable suppliers, and committed employees. Whenever there comes a crisis, parents stand out and meet the challenge. In others’ company, however, the situation will be quite the opposite. The boss just gives orders and evaluates according to one’s performance. Hence, people need the demanding environment that helps them to be competitive and competent.
To sum up, facing the choice between working in family business and competing independently in job market, people should opt for the latter one.