Why it's important to have your own business in the 21st century - Zainab Waseem

It’s no secret our country is exceptionally fond of a handful of professions. Whether it’s Ali from Karachi, Shabana from Lahore, Ayesha from Peshawar, or Hamza from Islamabad, everyone has at least once heard the names of these professions from their peers growing up. And consequently, with peer pressure walking hand-in-hand with our limited educational resources, the majority of the Pakistani population follows the well-made tracks laid before them by their preceding generations.

And honestly- who wouldn’t? Everything is something already seen and done before, all the milestones are already placed in sight, there’s nothing risky, new, or terrifying about it, the tough part has already been done before us. The only thing we have to worry about is choosing a track to commit ourselves to.

But what if you and I are sitting in your living room, chatting over some hot tea and fresh biscuits and I tell you that all the well-settled fields have suddenly vanished into thin air, and anything that you can do now is only something new?

Of course, that’s not the case right now, the mainstream fields are very much alive and present. But they are, however, also right at the peak of complete saturation. Overpopulation, lack of creativity and innovativeness, preference for industrial jobs in an agriculture-based country, lack of industries, and export are only some reasons for this saturation. The immediate unemployment phase right after graduation has become a norm.


A survey published by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics called Pakistan Employment Trends in 2018 stated the unemployment rate of individuals with a degree was 16.3%. These numbers aren’t hard to believe when every other day we see another unemployment protest from graduates and undergraduates asking for more jobs. And unfortunately, over the past decade, the saturation has only increased.