Big Kid Jobs and Luck

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Welcome to the world of job hunting. For those of you who have been lucky enough to snag jobs before the recession, and keep them afterward, you know that you are just that--lucky. For some reason or another, your company was the Rose of the Titanic job market that pushed the other thousands of Leo's down into the deep blue sea of recession.

Many didn't survive or are hanging on by the skin of their teeth to stay afloat in todays economy. The economy is supposedly getting better (at the rate of a 90-year-old amputee walking up the stairway to heaven--one foot in the grave and the other atop a banana peel) and highly coveted positions are becoming vacant or made anew with social media and blogging positions galore. The job market for young graduates is intimidating, competitive and out of control; the U.S. is hosting the largest Hunger Games tournament since The Crash. It's all about dog-eat-dog and smiling while you're stabbing your best friend in the back to hook that spot before they do and pretend you didn't know you were doing it.

Personally, I don't like this sort of mentality; I understand it, but I don't like it. Shouldn't we all help each other for the greater good? But some of us might not be qualified enough for that writing or accounting position, you say, so why should I help them when I believe I am. That may be true, but since when did it become commonplace to measure individual worth by the failure of others? The mantra of the United States is 'United we stand, divided we fall.'



This is what the current job market looks like: overpopulated, underwhelmed, broken, rationed, benefitless and underpaid. You take the jobs that are offered in a second, because if you don't, odds are someone else will. There is no time to "think about it" anymore. Experience is key (you need 5+ years of it but you can't get it--the Catch 22). A bachelor's degree isn't enough anymore because everyone has one. Bachelor's degrees are like birth certificates. The young are fighting the old for cemented seniority positions that bank highest in prestige and paycheck, waiting like rabid dogs for the first sign of weakness to pounce.

In the midst of all of this, if you are lucky enough to find something that you actually love and have wanted to do since you were young, bright-eyed and unspoiled, then heaven help you to fight off the wolves who would drown you in a second. Loving the job is the first step to success as far as I am concerned and of course, a steady paycheck is the second. If you're lucky, benefits are the third ;). This for me, is the trinity of the job market. This is what everyone means when they ask you if you have a Big Kid Job.



Big Kid Jobs for the under 25's are like unicorns. That being said, I have waited for quite a long while to snatch my unicorn and it has come with the title of Copywriter. I am pleased as punch and ready to get the show on the road with this adult thing. Finally. Honestly it's a big weight off my shoulders and I'm hungry for the spot so watch out world here I come. Because who wants to go back to serving coffee and taking shit from a boss who pays you minimum wage, has no degree to speak of and has an IQ of an amoeba.

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