I was talking to my nephew about where to suggest he find a job. He
has said he doesn't want to have to do anything demeaning or
undignified (My guess is he doesn't want to do anything......period).
I didn't laugh out loud when he said it, but I did laugh on the
inside. Considering he just barely finished high school, I assume he
has more to learn than he thinks he does.
One place I suggested he apply for a job was the local hospital. I
was trying to think of a place that needed a more diverse range of
skills. I can think of a few places that would require some pretty
special skills (nuclear power and NASA) but I can't think of a too
many places that would require a more diverse range of skills.
We did have one electrician working at Watts Bar that was famous for
saying........I can wire anything from a two stall outhouse to a
nuclear power house.
Hospitals need everything from bed pan cleaners to brain surgeons.
i always recommend that kids get a career aptitude test
and talk to their counselors at school about this as it
can help them figure out what they might enjoy and i also
ask them to think about what makes them happy, what they
value and to learn how to manage money and investments.
i have them do some simple math and talk about much
money will be going through their hands in a lifetime
and that if they start early with the savings it can
add up over time to be a cushion which gives them more
freedom later. it's not any fun to get stuck in a bad
job because you can't afford to quit.
You are right but I suppose his attitude is fairly normal.
Got my first job as a bus boy when I was 16 and loved it because I
stayed way too busy to ever get bored. After that my attitude on working
hard was set for life.
Truth is though I was kind of scared when I went to apply and had to be
forced into it by my mother and best friend.
A job is a job though and only demeaning if you think it so. Always
thought it was funny when the person scrubbing the toilet indignantly
said, "we don't do windows."
Barely finishing high school is immaterial, UNLESS it indicates an
inability to maintain commitment and/or focus. When I hired people, I
looked at what they have done on their own. Not, what some school poured
into their heads. After all, in the REAL work invironment, you're on your
own and HAVE to learn on your OWN. Plus, if they have accomplished
something, built something, that means they have the ability to make their
thoughts into reality. Much more valuable to me than a demonstration of a
diploma and look how much they can absorb.
I would highly recommend he look for work doing something that he actually
learns something of value. Something he will need in the future. To me,
that rules out 'service' jobs. Work alongside an expert, like a Painter,
or plumber, or car mechanic, or construction type of some kind. And LEARN!
When he's older, he'll need to know how to take care of things in his home
himself. And in the interim, he can sell his ability to 'fix' and build
things for others. And the beauty of this expertise is that it's really,
really difficult to outsource! The work HAS to be done right here.
Like my father told me, "Find something you LIKE to do, and people pay you
for; and you'll never have to work a day in your life."
Then, again, he might find a position with the govt, and also not have to
work a day in his life. ;)
I was going to suggest kid developing a work ethic needed for any job -
presence on the job at set time, doing the work itself, developing
relations with coworkers etc but I think you got it right. Get a
government job. Only requirement is being able to get the job. Then
you earn money for doing nothing.
On 05/22/2015 08:11 AM, Frank wrote:
t it's really, really difficult to outsource! The work
I had an uncle who was a scientist and worked for the government. He was
a damn hard worker but did tell me that there were a number of people he
worked with who did nothing.
At my job there was one guy who did maybe 25% the work of everyone
else...and though it took management a hell of a long time...they
finally sent him packing.
Over 50 years ago but I actually had government (state) summer jobs when
I was a student. I worked quite hard in ground maintenance and as a
toll collector at the Delaware River Bridge. There were no easy jobs there.
Now I tell the story of one day passing three groups of the Delaware
department of transportation work sites and out of maybe 15-20 people,
only two were working and it was those stopping traffic.
Huge difference today is government unions. Once a person gets the job
it is his as long as he wants it. At local state park where workers
often do nothing but only ride around the park, I knew one worker that
was fired. He was actually a hard worker but flunked a drug test twice.
Shouldn't your advice be tailored to your nephew rather
than the job market? Some people at 18 know exactly
where they're headed. Some don't. As a high school
graduate he's qualified for manual labor. Even unskilled
work like being a bank teller requires a college degree if
one gets to wear clean clothes and pretend to be white
I think the issue of demeaning work is an interesting
one. Young people are often exploited and there's
no reason he shouldn't be on the lookout for that. He
should expect to work hard for relatively low pay. He
shouldn't expect that he will have to do the Walmart
Wiggle, get urine tests, be required to work overtime,
be required to hang around with the boss, or any of the
other truly demeaning requirements that many employers
make. If it were me I'd try to steer him toward a personal
situation, with a small company rather than a large
corporation. Corporate work is dehumanizing. It's hard
to get around that.
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