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To FB or not to FB?

That is the question.

So everyone’s favorite social media site went public today. Meaning they’re offering stock at $38 a share. But thanks to some market mumbo jumbo that I don’t quite understand, casual people like you or I can’t buy the stock yet. (I have picked up some market knowledge from working for four months at a financial news site but clearly not as much as I hoped. Such is the plight of a (digital) paper pusher.)

For the past week, the news sites I follow at work have barely mentioned anything else besides FACEBOOK! What will it be priced? Is it a good investment? What’s the best strategy? And so on. In all the chatter however, I noticed that the people dominating the conversation are hard core investors who most likely to busy trading to be spending a lot of time on the site.

How’s that for irony? The people who know the site best are being left out of the conversation. There are really no social media experts chiming it. It’s all about money now.

For some reason this really irks me. Perhaps because I’ve been on the site for so long. Back when it was Boston area colleges and invite only. I got in as soon as they opened it up to high-schoolers,  back when your network actually meant something.

Or more likely I’m making a big deal out of nothing and I’m just sick of how saturated the news is with basically the same story over and over. I can’t wait for Monday to roll around in the hopes that $FB will be old news. I don’t even care if it does well or not. I just want the media bonanza to be over.

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Working Girl: Part II

I graduated in May of 2011, and maybe a month later a piece of paper representing my diploma was mailed to me. (I still have to frame it, but it’s safe in the folder it was shipped in.) I had a graduation party and well intentioned family members asked what I was going to do.

I didn’t know.

I’ve had this dream of being published for so long, I couldn’t quite set my eyes on the short term goal of finding work. I came out of school with great writing skills and a wonderful experience but no idea where to apply the things I learned.

And spending my college life primarily as an English major meant I was:

a)pretty sheltered from the real world since I was discussing books published well before I was born most of the time, and

b)slightly unprepared for said real world.

For three years, my department didn’t tell us about internships, or if they did the emails failed to grab my attention. (I am not laying all the blame at the foot of the department, but I did notice a change when I returned from Germany for my senior year. They did seem to be making an effort to get involved with the Career Center. Too bad it was too late for me.)

Some majors have an internship listed as a requirement, and they will help you get one. One of the things I took away from my four years at Hofstra is that the English department should consider that rule as well. I was lucky to work part time for RecordSetter during my last semester otherwise I would have walked across the stage at graduation with no relevant experience on my resume. Also the book project kept me busy and employed enough during the summer, as I was able to work from home as a freelancer.

I didn’t end up looking for a job in earnest until The RecordSetter Book of World Records was sent to the publishers. By then it was the fall and instead of figuring out what I wanted to do I shifted my goals to getting a job – any job before I had to start paying my student loans in December.

Before Thanksgiving I signed up with a popular temp agency in Boston because I still hadn’t found a job or exactly what I wanted to do. And that way when my family asked me over Thanksgiving dinner what I was doing, I had a concrete answer.

Two weeks before my first loan payment was set to go out, I landed temporary work as a file monkey. That isn’t the proper term for what I did, but it sums up what I did pretty well. I was brought in to prepare files for storage (put them in boxes) and organize files that were closed but couldn’t get shipped to storage yet. I was also tasked with filing papers into active files. It was fun learning, but not exactly in my field. I was there just shy of two months before I landed an editorial internship with a financial news site.

So now I’m taking the first steps in my (I still don’t know what to call it) career. And I’m also going to get back into blogging.

But before I go, here are some (very depressing) links that pretty much sum up the situation I was in for 6/7 months – and if I want to change jobs any time soon – will still be in:

US Jobs Gap Between Young and Old Is Widest Ever – US Business News – CNBC

Today’s Internships Are a Racket, Not an Opportunity – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Employment Rate For Young Adults Lowest In 60 Years, Study Says

Confirmed: Millennials Are Screwed [Infographic]

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Hello Hofstra! again…

Just one more semester. Repeat whenever there’s a speed bump, hardship, et cetera.

117 days until May 22nd. That’s when I graduate.

Things are as up in the air as ever but for once, I don’t mind as much. I’ve come to terms with where I’m going and what I’m looking for. I guess it helps that I…

..got an editorial internship with Universal Record Database. There are tons of videos on the site of records (made up by the users) and I’m helping by turning that into a book. At first it sounds corny, but their principles are pretty cool. Anyone can be a record breaker. All you need to know is what you’re good at and turn that talent into a record.

So right now I’m about knee-deep in email correspondence. My job is to email these record breakers to make sure there’s a response and that it’s okay to ask questions. But there will be other tasks added soon because this book project is running on a tight deadline of 1/31!

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Working Girl

Over the summer, I had a bit of a problem finding a job. I was lucky that I was able to work at Hudson News for most of June, July and August. I think it ended up being around 8 weeks. Now with an extra long break before I go to Germany in March, I’m back working for January and most of February.

For the most part I really like my job.  I love the fact that I learned so many new skills and also improved my people skills as well. I now know how to keep a till. We are required to be within 5 dollars of what the computer says. Most days I am with in a dollar. I also really enjoy talking with customers. If it’s not too busy, I usually ask them where they are heading. We have almost a ‘script’ of questions we need to ask (How are you? Did you find everything you were looking for? and then we suggest something else) and I try to do variations on the last two just to shake things up. Sometimes I find myself in a bit of a rut and feel a little like a robot, but then I switch to a variation. I also love that I’m working in the international terminal. I’ve gotten to use my German a few times, and even learned a new phrase over the summer.

I think the only negative is the schedule. It’s divided into two shifts, morning is from Open to 1/2 and the the afternoon is from 1/2 to Close. I’m on the afternoon shift and the only draw back is the Close. Sometimes we close at 10, some times it’s 1030 and other times it’s 11 (or later if a flight is delayed) I am usually scheduled to 10, but most of the time I can not leave exactly at 10 because there’s still something that needs to be done.

The reason why I posted this is because of the people I work with. I get along fine with almost everyone, especially the people I see often. But I can’t help but realize how different I am from my coworkers. English is my first language, unlike 90 percent of my coworkers. (Some have thicker accents than others) And then I also have only worked during my time off. I’m not working for a living; I’m working for some spending money and to increase my savings account for when the college bills come. I know a lot of my coworkers work two jobs just to get by. Some of them are at it seven days a week, getting very little sleep. As a result they’re almost always sick. And I think a lot of them are also sending money back home to their families. When I first started, a lot of my coworkers would ask me if I lived with my family.

Working this job has given me a glimpse of the real world, and I definitely have more respect for people like my coworkers now than before. I consider myself extremely lucky to be in school (to be going to Germany for a semester) and to still live with my family. The real world’s a scary place and I’ve realized that it’s best for me  to ease myself into it instead of jumping right in.

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