Tag Archives: education

Empty Achievement

11 Feb

The generation of standardized people has come! They’ll be prepared for every test that comes their way! Too bad it’s robbing them from understanding real life.

I feel sorry for the kids just knowing the fear and confusion that will devastate them when they discover there are no “prep books” for acing real life choices. They will have to figure it all out by themselves, and they won’t know how because they will not have been “programmed” to even pursue, much less attain, the skills required for adult-level thinking. This is so discouraging, especially because it’s not even their fault.

One of my former professors posted an article on this ever-so-popular curriculum emphasis which degrades our academic society from the bottom up. See Full article.

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Displaying Professionalism

16 Jan

Recently I rejoined Facebook. I thought it might also be a good time to rejoin my technical writing blog! A lot has happened over the past year. I’ve graduated from Auburn University, I’ve pursued many things, failed many attempts, and ultimately I have succeeded at becoming a strong person.

Finding a technical writing job these days appears to be unusually difficult. For the past seven months, I have fervently tried to land a technical writing position and have even opened up my desired location to nearly anywhere (in the whole world). I’ve also considered numerous alternative routes that I might enjoy if I cannot obtain the technical writing experience I am seeking. On top of all of this, I have tweaked or completely redone my résumé more times than I can count, and I have probably spent at least a week’s worth of hours on the cover letters I’ve written to potential employers.

I catch the occasional news that a former classmate who always did only enough to get by in school has landed a position that would be a dream to me. Sometimes people randomly land jobs that they know I am qualified and hunting for and shamelessly remind me of their inexperience or lack of training/qualification. I want to be happy for them, but this is hard to endure when I am still left unemployed and continuing to somehow end up getting interviews with or rejections from the absolute most unprofessional companies and individuals. Seriously…where do these people come from?

….want 2 work 4 me????

I want to encourage everyone in the professional world to step it up. If you are not interested in hiring someone, tell them. If you are, tell them. And have some tact.

For as long as I can even remember, older people have complained about younger people. From music to morals to politics… to methods of communication. How many baby boomers have griped about the way young people have no respect or sense of work ethic? Sure, every generation brings new things to the table, so of course we’re going to be different. My generation is already starting to dislike next generation, so it’s apparently pretty normal. However, I think whatever standards we portray as our own should be the ones we follow.

If you have preconceived notions of me as disrespectful, lazy, or simply incapable because I am young, that does not give you an automatic right to disrespect me, devalue my time and interest, or degrade my education and experiences. Besides, the whole point of the process is to get to know each other and then make a judgment, not the other way around. To make a hiring decision based on your perception of me solely in regards to the phase of life that I am in is wrong. Though it is mostly attributed to older people, in the professional world here in America, it is called “age discrimination”… and it is a crime.

My purpose in this post in not to vent about my unfortunate job searching experiences–though it is nice to let it all out from time to time–but I really intend to enlighten others on the importance of setting an example of the standards you hold others to. The hard work and extended period of time I’ve searched would not be so bad if most of it hadn’t turned out to be a large waste of my time.

If you are in a position of authority and expect to hire someone who is dedicated, timely, capable, and kind… be that. Don’t expect to employ that outstanding person if you will not first present that person in yourself. After all, YOU are the leader.