Sunday, November 25, 2012

Might I Suggest Getting a Job?

According to my student loans, I should be making major bank in advertising. I am neither working in Multimedia (print and presentation), nor am I working in a trendy advertising office throwing around killer ad ideas like a modern day Peggy Olson. I should have considered my locale when selecting a major. Instead, I'm closer to becoming a less buxom, less polished version of Joan Harris... minus the sex and the Dr. husband. And it's all good. I enjoy my job, the people I work with, and the opportunity to learn. Is it my dream job? No, but our company doesn't hire for a Princess of Power position.

I'm about to say something that some of my Democrat friends will believe means I have to give up my liberal status. I work because it's not anyone's fault but my own that I am in the position I'm in. Also, bills and a mortgage and kids and sushi. I believe in social programs to help those less fortunate. Whether they are children, elderly, or disabled I believe we have a moral obligation to help those who cannot help themselves. I believe in equal rights and civil liberties for all. I do not believe in supporting people who can work and simply choose not to because they are lazy or feel entitled to their dream without putting in the effort.

I have opinions coming out my ears. That being said, here are my bitches/suggestions for the weekend.

1. Occupying Bank of America isn't going to encourage BoA to give you a job. (Thank you, James)
    You want to complain about the bonuses they give their CEOs, but it is their company. Perhaps you should be boycotting these companies that raise rates and receive bailouts yet line the pockets of their top execs. Create change by doing it the old fashioned way. Stop patronizing these businesses and encourage others to do the same.

2. Maybe if you hadn't majored in Video Game design you would have a job now. (This one cracked me up. Again, kudos to James)
    We all want to have our dream job. Those of us who came up in an environment that taught personal responsibility will tell you that you are NOT entitled to your dream job, no matter how much time and money you spent on your education. If you believe college is a requirement for you to get where you want to be, that's fine, but consider working toward a degree in a field that is actually hiring. Look at the job market and find out if your degree field is saturated. When you graduate, get a job. If you are blessed enough to have parents that support you during your academic pursuits, consider working during this time to put money aside. WORK YOUR WAY UP! If you expect to walk into a company on day one with an offer of a corner office, a personal secretary, and a 3 figure salary... it's time to wake up.

3. Stop raising entitled and lazy kids.
    This leaves with with my final bitch... directed at Tide laundry detergent.

What the f*ck, Tide? Who are these people and why in the name of God are they doing laundry for their adult children. This sort of crap makes me less inclined to buy your product. Why not show parents who are teaching their kids to be helpful, responsible, self-sufficient people by teaching them to wash their own clothes using Tide? Maybe something along the lines of a couple teaching their post college child how to use the washer and when the kid whines, "Why do I have to do it?" the parents could respond, "Because you don't have a job!" Then they could pat him/her on the head, and leave the kid to finish up. See how that works? Promote good parenting, promote your product, and still address the fact that many kids come home after college.

Burger King, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Target, Subway, and half the call centers in the country are hiring. If your kid is not "employable", they aren't looking. My message to these parents is simple. Knock it the f*ck off. My 16 year old son has known how to do his own laundry since he was 11. We all work at my house. Every single one of us. When the kids weren't employed, they helped out more around the house. That included doing their own laundry.

When do we stop blaming the government (officials we continue to elect) and start making change ourselves? Any job is better than no job. When faced with possible downsizing, a former boss told me, "I had a job when I found this one." What happened to that mentality? Fight for what you believe in, but for the love of God, go flip a freaking burger while you're doing it. It's not your dream job, but it is my dream burger, and you can fight for your dream when your shift is done. 

PS. Note to my kids: Mommy loves you, but those dishes aren't going to wash themselves. I cook. You clean. That was the agreement. Also, stop putting empty boxes back in the cupboard. I got psyched for a Pop Tart and the box was devoid of all Pop Tarts. I was heartbroken.  

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