Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Real World Skills

Adding to the post about the utter inanity regarding what job consultants consider to be "Real World Skills", I think that it's safe to say that in the Real World you're expected to listen to instructions....and carry them out. In the Real World you're expected to arrive at your work site...at the time they want you there. You're also expected to show initiative...and to work hard. Also, it can be fairly ascertained that you should probably take care of your appearance....and be sure to wear formal shirts and slacks.

These, my friends, are some of the Real World skills that being a so-called "student", that parasitic state out in la la land, does not teach you. Listen to the great wisdom and complexity of them.

The Australeopithicus from Ruben Bolling's strip "Tom the Dancing Bug" is well qualified to do these Real World jobs. In reality, during tight job times things aren't competitive because the jobs are suddenly hard: they're competitive because there are few of them and a lot of applicants. If there's a lot of competition for lower level jobs it's fairly certain that many of the people applying will be overqualified, some grossly overqualified others not quite so grossly, so that it becomes a resume thing instead of something based on possessing necessary skills, or being really really good at doing the job in question.

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