|Posted by Anna H. on March 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM|
Hey Xangans! I have discussed my last 7 years a lot (both on and offline) about how ridiculous it has been, trying to find a job. I have not worked, since 4 1/2 years ago.
Throughout my early to late 20's, I have struggled to find temporary to permanent jobs. During the 1980's and 1990's, I was ALWAYS told "Stay in school, don't be a fool," and if I attended college, I would be wealthy and have a better career and education.
Well, here I am at 30 going on 31 years old. My BA is in Asian Studies and my Minor is in Creative Writing. I attended a prestigious college yet have little to show for it.
Also, my chapbook is bound at a supposed mid-western "Ivy League College." That same college has been listed in The Princeton Review. Nevertheless, my student loans have been in deferment, since graduating from Carthage College in 2006.
Originally, I was suppose to study abroad in Japan my college senior year, but I fell ill during my last semester. I purposely attended college to pursue a career in Japanese Consecutive Translation and Writing.
In 6th grade, I was introduced to Japanese and took it, throughout 7th-12th grade. During all 4 years of high school, I earned Achiever's Awards for taking Japanese. Japanese teachers considered me to be the "star pupil" of Japanese classes.
In addition, classmates harbored resentment towards yours truly for always getting 3 Japanese Awards each year and for usually breaking our classroom's curve. They nick named me "The Curve Breaker" for this very reason. That's not including being a minority female.
Before graduating, we regularly translated English to Japanese and vice versa. Because I was 1 of 2 classmates with the ability to translate both languages, I considered pursuing a career in translation. Then, I thought about how much I enjoyed writing poems and short stories.
Eventually, I researched colleges, which offered degrees, that I was interested in. There were several colleges 12 years ago, offering Japanese and Creative Writing.
After conducting additional research on these specific colleges, I realized that most of these institutions annually ran ~$30,000 for tuition and fees. This made me feel hesitant.
My mother didn't have money to put me through college. This led to me applying for financial aid, which allowed me to take out student loans and grants. I never wasted time applying for scholarships.
Besides the fact, that students can easily get their scholarships removed because of a slightly dropping grade point average, I did not want to be like other self-entitled students, who depended on scholarships to get into college.
It was already outrageous enough always hearing racist stereotypes and jokes about minorities getting into college because of Affirmative Action and for playing sports. Instead of me going that route, I took baby steps.
My college freshman year, I attended a 2-year community college (MATC) for 1 year. This was to get better acquainted with college. Then, I transferred to my first 4-year college, which was UW-Parkside located in Salem, WI.
Originally, the university claimed they offered Japanese. After transferring, they told me that I could take Japanese at Carthage, which is literally 5-10 minutes away from UW-Parkside. This led to me doing the cross registration program.
There was a grandfather's clause between both UW-Parkside and Carthage College. As long as the student was enrolled full-time with at least 12 credits, the same student could freely attend the other college for additional credits.
Fundamentally, I attended two 4-year colleges simultaneously and I attended 3 colleges within the same year; I started college at 19 years old and was on my 3rd college at 20.
Shortly after transferring to UW-Parkside and Carthage College, I became a College Radio DJ/Hostess for my own show called, All Things Frightening. I wanted to be a DJ, since 14 years old. Luckily, that position fell into my lap.
While doing my laundry in the Parkside dorm, I met this guy in the campus laundry room. He told me, that he was a DJ searching for a "Special Guest Co-Host" for his show. Gradually, I took him up on his offer to be his "Special Guest Co-Host."
Then, he made me fill out tons of forms, before co-hosting. His radio show was more of a Sports Talk Show with occasional music. If you are not a sports fan, you would've thought it was really boring.
Eventually, I started complaining on the air. I cannot remember all my exact words 11 years ago, but I remember saying something along the lines of, "Dude, put on some music already! All this talking is boring me to tears! Zzzz!"
His regular co-host was almost in stitches from laughing at my sarcasm. I was bored out my mind and I didn't care about any sports discussion. Gradually, they started playing more music.
After their radio show ended that night, I received a phone call 1 week later, on my dorm phone. The manager wanted me to attend a radio station meeting. Long story short, I became a DJ.
At that time, it was SO unreal. I was living 1 of my 3 dream jobs. It would've been so MUCH better, if Parkside's campus radio station went full power because we could've been paid. Being a Disk Jockey was labeled as "Voluntary Work."
Considering, that we were required to know how to work the equipment and censor music live for FCC regulations, we SHOULD'VE collected a paycheck. I had a college friend that same year at Parkside, who was paid to be a nude model for $12 an hour yet we weren't paid to know how to work radio station equipment.
Being a Radio Show Hostess/DJ at UW-Parkside had its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages were having total access to a music library of old and new releases and playing any music genre(s) and sub-genre(s) I wanted.
This included albums premieres, as long as they were either pre-censored albums, or censored on air.
Sometimes I ended up hosting DJ Madness, which was during Safe Harbor Time. Safe Harbor started at 10pm and we could play uncensored music.
Because songs were being heard both locally and online, we had to censor them. DJ Madness was usually, when all the DJ's partied at the radio station, co-hosted, and played uncensored music. Sometimes we ordered in pizza from Papa John's.
On the other hand, my personal disadvantages started outweighing my advantages. I later had to listen to horrible demo tapes.
Being objectified, battling sexual harassment, sexism, misogyny, overblown male egos on the job, post 9/11 racism, and 2 creepy manwhores stalking me around Parkside's campus led to me withdrawing from UW-Parkside 10 years ago. The post 9/11 racism and stalking especially hurt my housing situation.
By my 3rd year, I withdrew the 1st semester, in order to regroup from being stalked and the post 9/11 racism. Then, I re-applied to other colleges. I dealt with my fair share of rejections from arrogant and pretentious institutions. Later, it dawned on me.
Since I was already a part-time commuting student at Carthage College, I already had an academic standing. Therefore, I re-applied. Luckily, I was able to convert from a part-time Carthage commuting student to a full-time on campus student.
After transferring again, I failed to assimilate. Parkside had students attending from all walks of life. Meanwhile, Carthage consisted of a few townies, foreign exchange students, and mostly pretentious, new money, and extremely entitled, trust fund brats from IL, with grandfather's clauses.
Carthage College originated in Carthage, IL. During the 1960's, the college relocated to Kenosha, WI. I felt as if I was in those 1980's John Hughes films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink, my last 2 years at Carthage. That was how sickening most of the student body was on that campus.
I only miss the cuisine meals, fast food restaurants on campus, very few professors, and meeting comedians and public figures.
With my struggle to assimilate at Carthage College, it made my chances harder to be hired on campus. I had 1 roommate and I knew other students, who monopolized ALL the student jobs. My high maintenance drama queen of a roommate worked 5 of the campus jobs.
She had a 3.99 GPA, double majored in Music, collected disability, grants, and scholarships. This was along with graduating with Honors. She's also white.
Several months before my health scare, during the 1st semester of my college senior year, I applied to be an on campus Tour Guide. While on my way to a class or buying something to eat, alumini older than my grandparents constantly stopped me for on campus directions to certain buildings.
Some would assume by the time a student became a senior, that he/she would have seniority over student positions. That was never my situation. I applied to be a Tour Guide only to be snubbed and overlooked for a freshman. Since her mother was a Carthage sorority sister, she automatically had a grandfather's clause.
Based on what I have already told you, I am constantly being overlooked for jobs. Regardless of my ethnicity, gender, qualifications, etc, I am not the only person suffering from these exact same problems.
We can continue blaming who's the president at the time and the economy, until we are blue in the face. The overall problem is the company employer.
Whenever I read job classifieds in the newspapers and apply for jobs on and offline, these employers have unrealistic expectations and job requirements. I always read the Clerical position ads from companies and they usually want candidates to have 2+20 years work experience and a GED.
I am amazed by employers at some companies expecting their candidates to know how to use Powerpoint, have a GED, and 2+20 years of work experience. They also expect someone to work at a job, which only pays $7.50-$8.00 per hour. Seriously?
Their expectations are just as bad as a woman dating some bad boy from the trailer park or the hood and expecting him to miraculously have a Ph.D.
Some companies also run scams and feed us unemployed people bogus lies. Some of you would be amazed at the job interviews I've attended for certain positions. They later became interviews for completely different positions, that they posted in their companies' advertisements.
The last "interview" I attended was supposed to be for a Receptionist position, last December. That same company sent me an e-mail about my so-called "group job interview" being scheduled in the evening for a "Promoter position."
I really loved that they included in their message, "IT'S NOT A SALES POSITION. IT'S A PROMOTER POSITION." That line was a total lie. Anyone with some common sense knows, that promotions is a part of sales. I called and e-mailed them several times. They couldn't give me a straight answer.
I ended up going to the supposed "group job interview." It was nothing except a group meeting, seeking Door-To-Door Canvassers. I told those morons, that I applied for a Receptionist position, as they sat there with these dumb facial expressions.
The meeting was so preposterous that 2 of the men, who originally sat next to me, vanished without me noticing. There were also 2 girls, who literally ran outside the building, and another guy walked outside the building with a disgusted look on his face, while complaining on his cell phone.
So, my fellow Xangan friends, viewers, and subscribers, has any of this ever happened to you?
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