A primary distinction in career paths is in choosing the "salaried" employee path, or the "entreprenurial" path. There are benefits to both. Most salaried positions have limited life-spans anymore, and you can see the results almost daily (layoffs, cutbacks, etc.). And starting your own business does require some initial capital...which can be a deterrent, and yet the overall risk seems to me to be less. If you work for yourself, in your own business, then the bad management of others won't cost you your job/position. On the other hand, you do have to actually make a profit ...weird concept, eh? I would suggest you ponder whether you want to work for yourself (garner up some capital, etc.), or choose to work your way up a corporate ladder. When you make that decision, then the alternatives are narrowed considerably.