BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
For a lot of the writers on the Rainbow Chair staff and readers we are all kind of going through the same phase. We went to college and got a degree in something that we believe we will enjoy as a career in the future. We are now in the post-graduation situation where we are sending out our resumes to find the perfect job we believe we’ve earned or the perfect mid-level job with room for growth. I thought I was pretty well prepared coming out of college. I did work in the same field as my major three out of four years. For two of the years I had two jobs at the same time while I was in school. I found time to volunteer in different avenues. I finished two internships and I still managed to graduate with a 3.4 GPA. I’ve been complemented on my resume by a few people I’ve met in my industry as well as complemented on my work ethic. The thing is nobody really cares about anything unless it’s specifically relevant or it’s been for their company. I look at my field and they want a master’s degree with at least three years of experience. How are you supposed to gain any experience if nobody will hire you? They all want you to volunteer so they can mold you to their liking and not yours. They also don’t realize that you can’t work a full time job and not get paid. We can’t live in a cardboard box nor have our parents pay our rent. Therefore we are stuck settling for jobs biding our time to being called up to what we want to do. The thing is the jobs we are biding our time on are the jobs we didn’t need a college degree in or anything but an associate’s degree. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management but somehow I can easily get a job as a substitute teacher, a broadcaster, and a newspaper journalist even though I didn’t go to school for any of these fields.
The college degree, in my eyes, has become more and more of a joke the more I look for work. It’s just a piece of paper saying that we’ve matured enough and developed enough of a work ethic that we could graduate from a school and maintain our finances well enough that we could pay for it. The only probably is I already had a great work ethic and maturity out of high school that I could have put in the four years’ experience doing something in my field that I needed by now. But instead now I have thousands and thousands of dollars in debt to amount for. I think about this situation a lot and who doesn’t when you’re fresh out of college. The ironic part about it was that life in general is kind of like a resume. We have checklists of what we believe we need to do to gain ourselves a successful career. We do the same things in our personal lives. As a guy we have a checklist like this:
Ride a bike, learn to read, win at something, kiss a girl, see a girl’s boobs, do something illegal and get away with it, learn another new skill, win at something else, have sex, having a relationship, make some money, etc.
Friends of mine and me have always talked about gamification and how to apply it to one’s own life. We really already have done this except instead of an instant reward we just put it down on our own “Life Resume.” We believe if we’ve completed certain goals in our lives, that we feel are important to us, we have validated our life based on our “Life Resume.” For some of us reading twenty books in our spare time might be the equivalence of another person’s seeing a tornado in person. But the only real purpose of these “Life Resumes” is to keep score. We are always having to compete and validate who we are around others to show we deserve to fit in, or stand out, or fit in by standing out. There is no CEO boss man who is there to judge us. If you believe in a God you can say he’s your CEO to judge your resume but I really don’t think God would be impressed with how many woman you’ve slept with. I guess we can lie on our “Life Resumes” if we tend to exaggerate on our professional ones.
The only real judge of our lives is ourselves. If you feel as if you haven’t done enough and don’t deserve to be in a certain crowd that is your prerogative. I’m one that knows that all people really need is a chance and an opportunity to make something of themselves. There is more that goes beyond a person than what is on their “Life Resume.” I don’t care if you’ve slept with one girl and not twenty. I don’t care if you’ve made yourself rich or made yourself poor. If you believe you’ve done something with your life and continue to believe that you will continue to do things with your life, which is a person you should be looking for, to have the will to try new things and become a better person. That is the type of people I want to surround myself around in both my personal life and my professional life. And hopefully one day when I’m in charge of hiring personnel I can read in between the lines and look for employees who are like me and have tried their hardest to be a better person and gain a variety of experience.