In Ireland, at least, there is a cultural admiration for the self-employed person. Entrepreneurship and striking it out on your own have long been held as the pinnacle of success within the workforce here. Within the EU this view of the professional changes depending on culture and education. In the EU alone 37% of people would like to be categorized as the coveted title of “self employed”.

Recently I met with a really cool professional advisor with a large firm. This guy had been in the game for years and is excellent at what he does. At my workplace we have a “wear what you want” policy, akin to all the trendy work spots like Google and Facebook. My cool, professional, experienced acquaintance on the other hand had a strict policy like many of the bigger corporate firms in the world.

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