I left IT at the end of the boom here in 2001. Up to that point if you were certified and had any experience you could name your price and pick a job. I did. Then I went into business for myself and didnt come back into the workforce fulltime for another 7yrs. I took a job that while the starting salary seemed low, it paid a lot of extra's that enable me to earn about $90k doing very little, but its menial and boring work, working odd hours. I am entirely replacable and thats okay because its just a moneyspinner while I prepare to work for myself again. My retirement cannot be just the forced savings the government makes us contribute to, its far too low and is at the vagaries of the financial system. I know that owning a business is the only retirement option for me. Thats what I'm working on now.
I like living in this era of change, I wouldn't want to have lived in the secure career of my parents that would have been incredibly boring. Better to have the thrill of living by your wits and making it up as you go along. For while the social security system known as a career is long gone its up to us to create a new system based on freedom and leverage of personal talents. Thats an opportunity that wasn't as well supported in the previous generation. Its never been cheaper, easier and more accessible to start a business with low capital than now. Thanks to the internet, its incredibly easy to access large markets for whatever your talents are at virtually zero cost.