Archive for July 2009
I was reading an article on MSN Money about the fact that more and more college grads are moving back home instead of spreading their wings and moving out on their own. In fact, 2009 is seeing the worse numbers with nearly 80% of college grads moving back in with their parents due to an inability to find viable employment. This is up from 67% in 2006.
However, those stats are not my gripe (though they are surely indicative of the tough job market recent grads are facing). My frustration lies in the readers’ comments section whereby readers bashed recent grads and higher education in general.
One moron wrote:
“I am the Sr Director of Corporate Recruiting at a large Healthcare Marketing Firm and over the past 7 years I’ve came across too many snotty new grads that think I owe them a 60K+ salary plus commission, which is unbelievable!!! What they don’t realize, is they haven’t proved themselves yet despite being able to read a book. Don’t get me wrong, a BA/BS degree is great and all, but that doesn’t entitle them to a high starting salary. I’ve come across individuals whom have masters and doctorates and they turned out to be totally flops. I’ sure they were great at school but they were incapable of functioning in a real work environment. Give me experience over education any day!!!!!!!!”
Another jackass wrote, “A bunch of college grads now a days are pretty worthless…As a former Supervisor, I wouldn’t hire a fresh college grad. I’d rather hire an older fellow with a HS or AA degree first.”
Lastly, another intellectual commented, ”The degree doesn’t mean a thing if you haven’t done any real work yet.”
My response in the comments section was:
A lot of these comments, especially the one from a “director” or a healthcare marketing firm, are laughable. Does a college degree or higher mean that the potential hire will be a shining star? No, but neither does having experience as the person with experience can be just a big of an idiot or flop as a recent college grad. People can and do BS their way through their careers without really learning their field or applying themselves.
While some college grads may have unrealistic expectations, there are plenty that don’t and just want the ever-elusive chance to prove themselves that hard-headed hiring managers never give them as they incessantly dwell on experience when reviewing resumes.
To elaborate further, these people act as if they were born in a suit and tie as a corporate executive with 20 years of experience. They fail to acknowledge that somebody took a chance on them when their green and inexperienced resume came across a hiring manager’s desk. Now, with the roles reversed, they incessantly bang their desks demanding experience, experience, experience from 22-year-old recent college grads that have done nothing more than follow the status-quo and are hearing the same thing from other unrealistic HR departments.
Take time with recent grads, give them a chance, and show them the ropes. You might be surprised.
Unemployment numbers are growing.
People can’t find jobs.
People are losing their homes.
Bankruptcies and foreclosures are through the roof.
Naturally, the First Family is spending their summer getaway in Martha’s Vineyard at a 28.5 acre property called Blue Heron Farm. The New York Post reports that similar properties run about $50,000 a week and in this case, this amount will be billed to the taxpayers.
The property includes a small basketball court, golf tee, a pond, apple orchard, flower and vegetable gardens, stone walls, and a swimming pool. Furthermore, the rental agreement will allow the First Family use of nearby Squibnocket Beach. The First Family will have to sign three rental leases: one for themselves, one for the Secret Service, and one for White House staff.
What’s most amazing is that this is coming from the man that ran on a “for the people” platform and promised to reduce the National Debt (which he quadrupled). Couple this with the fact that Michelle Obama slides around in $500 shoes and carries $6,000 purses and you have a stunning case of hypocrisy. This is in addition to expensive White House dinners ($100 a pound Kobe beef anyone?), seven-figure redesigning of the White House, the most overseas trips of any President in their first 6 months, and an incredibly excessive and overinflated “stimulus” package.
What would be more impressive is if we had a President that spent taxpayers’ money wisely and lived a lifestyle that delineated that he was “one of the people” during these especially hard times for many families. He’s asking America to sacrifice so he should as well. It shouldn’t be “do as I say and not as I do.”
For the record, I wasn’t too crazy about Bush or McCain either.
Stories like the one below drive me crazy. Not merely because of the dishonestly involved but what stories like that bring to my consciousness – something I have known and seen for a long time. As I have searched for a job the past six months, I’ve either had contact with people in companies that I have applied to or heard stories through the grapevine about recent grads or closely thereabout get jobs. What majority of these people have delineated to me either through directly talking to them or knowing about them is that they are utterly immature and completely incompetent. Not incompetent in the sense that they have no experience but incompetent to the realities of the working world in that they don’t care to learn about their field, their job, or have any experience earning an income in any fashion.
These party-hard idiots, like Robin Katz (pictured right), spend all day on Myspace and Facebook while at work and leave barely legible comments on their friends profiles discussing their previous nights sexual exploits or drinking. They’re the “OH MY GOD, yeah, it’s like sooo exciting having a job that pays you like lots of money after school because I was like sooo poor before I started working and my Dad was like all crazy saying he was going to stop giving me my like thousand-dollars-a-month allowance and I’d be like some freak without it. But yeah, whatever, it’s totally cool being like a professional but I only make like $50,000, which is like nothing because I can like spend that in Dior!” type.
Am I jealous? Yes.
More deserving of a job than idiots like the ones described above? I’d like to think so.
I don’t care how stupid they are or what they like to do but what irritates me is that they’re either occupying a seat with their moron ass that I could fill or simply have had better luck (skills?) at landing a job than I have.
What do you think? Am I just bitter or is what I’m saying actually like true?
The New York Post is reporting that a Chase Bank financial advisor and self-admitted party junkie, stole $110,000 from a millionaire’s private account.
Robin Katz, 25, who worked at Chase’s New York City Midtown headquarters, created a duplicate ATM card for an unfortunate well-heeled bank client a year before her crimes were discovered and used it dozens of times to take out cash from the millionaire’s account. Upon reviewing their finances, the client noticed that his seven-figure account was short six figures and contacted bank officials that investigated the matter and found Katz to be behind the scheme.
Katz, on her Myspace page, described herself as a “rocket scientist by day, party fool by night.” She bolted the Big Apple in May for California telling Chase that she had a family emergency. Katz was contacted by law enforcement and told that she needed to return to NYC to go over what happened or the feds would track her down. Sources say she spent the money shopping and going out while Katz says she was in need of money to pay bills.
Way to flush your life and career down the toilet, knucklehead! Good luck finding a job after this crap!
By the way, if anybody needed further evidence that Sex and the City rots your brain, this story is it!
Bernie Madoff, the man accused of running the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of world and bilking investors out of billions of dollars, arrived at his North Carolina prison where inmates have discussed “smacking him around,” according to the New York Post.
The theory goes like this: smack Bernie Madoff around and get more respect amongst fellow inmates. Makes sense to me.
Other convicts however are quite impressed by Madoff and respect him for not bringing those that helped him pull off the scheme down with him (aka he wasn’t a snitch).
Notably, Bernie has sadness regarding ruining his wife’s life, his now unkempt hair, and his new prison diet.
Madoff is expected to serve a large part of his sentence at this medium-security North Carolina prison that houses mainly white-collar criminals.
Today was my birthday (I say “was” because today is almost over).
I want to say something negative about birthdays and jobs and somehow tie the two together but The Girl is looking over my shoulder telling me not to be negative so I won’t be.
Here’s hoping I will have a full-time job by this time next year.
MSNBC is reporting that a Northern California elementary school teacher gave students a DVD featuring class memories from the previous year as a parting gift for the summer. There was one problem with this nice gesture – the DVD featured six minutes of her having sex on a couch!
The Elk Grove Unified School District asked parents to destroy the 24 copies of the DVD that are in circulation. The teacher hasn’t been identified and it appears her job isn’t in jeopardy.
How come things like this never happened to me when I was in school?