Does anyone else find themselves rolling their eyes and yelling “oh shut up!” at the endless amount of “advice” out there about what to do next to get a job? These articles usually target a specific age group… you know the age group most likely to “click” and up the viewing of that particular website. I feel like most of these inspirational wisdoms are inspired while some of these people are on the toilet scheming for ways to increase the number of readers on their website. I’m not trying to really knock anyone’s hustle but COME ON! Here is one of the titles I have awarded the Oh Shut Up award!
“To land a job, take these six college courses”
Oh just six classes is it? Where was this brilliant article about 8 years ago! I could have just saved myself so much money and sleepless nights.
I’m not going to further insult your intelligence by listing these six classes but I will tell you one of them is Theater Arts (don’t be mad at me Theater Kids) and classes that are typically a requirement to get a High School Diploma in the United States.
Although this article meant well by trying to illustrate that “The ability to speak in public, to write a succinct, grammatical business email, to do certain math operations beyond addition and subtraction could mean the difference between being one of the growing number of unemployed grads or one setting off on a long and fulfilling career.” Breaking News? I guess so.
The reason this well- meaning article had me screaming oh shut up, and maybe it’s just my ignorance, is because when was the last time on a job application that you had to show that you can do math beyond subtraction and addition? Well I guess there are those assessments some organizations misuse to automatically disqualify candidates… but still you get my point). I don’t know about you but my free education courtesy of the Nebraska Public Schools Systems already provided me with the ability to do math beyond subtraction and addition all before I was 12 year old.
I would also like to know in this day and age who has ever been given a job because they simply took a class their competitor didn’t take. I’m sure you’re out there and I would like to know you, because I have so many questions.
Here is my advice, it may warrant a shut up award as well. But seeking advice and looking for ways to improve is important. Do keep in mind a lot of the advice out there has absolutely no validity. You may notice many of them popping up during graduation season, because to many of these “advisors” this time of the year is what Christmas is to retailers. So sorry taking these six classes may provide you with skills to improve yourself but it will probably not automatically take you out the unemployment line.