This may sound like a rant, and it is, but this whole job searching has made me cranky. So bear with me if I get a little overboard. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you, the greatest bout of all time: Job search vs. your self-esteem.
Looking for a job after college? Yeah, it doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t matter if you nearly killed yourself trying to get good grades, doing co-curricular, working part-time to make ends meet and acquire the specific skills for the job you actually want to do, recruiters will still reject you.
Why? Who the hell knows. They expect you to have 3 years of experience in an entry-level job. I mean, who came up with that? How do they expect us to do two unpaid internships and survive? In what world does that make sense?
‘Tell us about yourself’
They expect us to summarise the hell we go through at uni and those internships and working part-time and present it in a way it is professional, sorry it’s exactly what they want to hear. They have these prejudices set that and it doesn’t matter if you have an excellent GPA or have all the necessary certifications or recommendations, they’d still hire the robot who can work for minimum wage, 12 hours a day, doesn’t question, just smiles moronically. That is the ideal candidate.
Even if by any chance you had your interview which you feel good about and are now really expecting an offer, you won’t get it, at least not for a few weeks which is not such a bad thing if there is some sort of assurance that they are gonna respond to you, in either case. But that’s not how it works. If you aren’t selected, these people don’t even have the balls to tell you that. How hard can it be? To tell someone they are not hired? Even if the person is constantly mailing you. They play with people’s desperation and they know it. What kind of an asshole do you have to be to not call back or mail a person who’s constantly asking you for an update? A person who doesn’t even know if his application is still in consideration or his resume is in the trash.
It doesn’t matter if you do everything right, nobody gives a crap. Not companies, not people, no one. You’re left with 2 choices in the end. Be willing to sacrifice your self-respect and work like a dog, for half a day, without questioning, without objecting for an amount that’s barely enough to survive on till the next paycheck comes OR quit everything and do your own thing, which could mean your college degree is now of no use, with massive debt and no assurance that you will make it. That’s life for you.
“Well, ishturd guy, it happens with everyone ok? So quit complaining and man up!” Yeah, ‘it’ happening to everyone doesn’t make it right or acceptable. And not talking about it won’t make the problem ‘disappear’. This whole bloody system is flawed. And I am not even cribbing about not be able to do what I really want (because let’s face it, that’s not gonna happen) , I am complaining about not getting a job, for which I worked my ass off at uni, did everything right and still end up here, with my debt sitting there, smiling slyly. The world’s playing a cruel joke, and you sir, are the punchline.
And the winner of Job search vs. Your self-esteem is….
Noticed the increasing number of remixes, remakes, and whatnot? Who am I kidding, of course, you have. It’s freaking everywhere. Movies, songs, shows. Most forms of art/media/entertainment today are a rip-off of some old, likable things that people enjoyed. And this trend isn’t just ‘India-specific’ either. It’s happening in the west too.
Hollywood is milking franchises like Star-Wars to death. Why? Because it’s loved by an entire generation. And this phenomenon isn’t just restricted to Star-Wars. These media and production houses have ruined most of the beloved franchises for profits. Hell, even old Cartoons are not spared.
But, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
And before you start preparing the worst of abuses to write in the comment section, hear me out.
I truly believe that this ‘ruining of old things’ is a good thing. To know why we must first understand why it’s happening.
The problem is, the last generation (and maybe ours) isn’t too fond of art. This may offend a lot of people, but I believe it’s true. I don’t have the research to back it up; it’s just my opinion, based on my observations and interactions with the previous generation.
Coming back to the point, I believe that the last generation doesn’t really like art or freedom of expressions that much. This may be because as a generation, their childhood wasn’t that great compared to today’s average kid. That could be because they were born during the Cold War, and had this ‘responsibility’ to build a new, better world as soon as they started working. I am talking people who were born in the 60s or later. Most of them grew up poor and developed an ‘aversion’ to poverty.
And then these people started working. And they worked HARD. These people built and shaped the world as we see now. They were engineers, doctors, businessmen. These are the people who created cities and built empires. They made the skyscrapers and awesome cars and massive militaries, unparalleled with anything that the history has ever seen. And almost all of them did all of that because they wanted to be rich or rather, escape poverty.
And this was where it became a problem.
In this ‘race’ of becoming more successful, they lost something – Art.
This doesn’t mean that they are not creative, it’s just that they don’t really care about art. This may sound like a massive generalization but it’s true to some extent and it doesn’t take a genius to see that. Our parent’s generation didn’t care about arts. I mean, why would they? They wanted to get rich. Why would anyone who wants to get rich be an artist? Very, VERY few artists are rich. Most of them struggle to make ends meet. And this is exactly what that generation didn’t want. They struggled enough growing up, they weren’t willing to experience more of that.
That is why you see them pressuring you into these fields and careers. For them, these professions have proven to make money. This is where the whole ‘Ye karlo, phir to aish hi aish’ thinking comes from. Because THEY have actually seen that.
But they craved art. That’s why the movie industry grew exponentially. They crave for something that was missing from their lives. That’s why they turned to movies, music, TV shows, etc. But what happens when you put a generation, who has abstained from art all their lives and who want to make money by any means, on a task to create art?
The answer: They turn art into a business.
Over the years, only a few hundred movies and music have been truly exceptional, in a sense that they created some value. Otherwise, most of the movies made after the late 70s had one goal – to make money. Only a very few were made because a storyteller wanted it to be made. However, many of them made money. Filmmakers soon realized that people are not looking for value, they wanted distractions. So, art didn’t matter as long as it was distracting enough, they could just rehash or remake old stories. And it has been successful…. so far.
Today, the millennials have taken the center-stage. We have become the consumers. However, we’re a little behind when it comes to production.
The millennials have been more fortunate growing up, compared to the previous generation. They didn’t have to struggle to make ends meet while growing up. Also, they had internet – this whole new world where everything from science to art, was available instantly. The millennials were exposed to more art while growing up and this has created a sort of a problem for our parent’s generation. They don’t know how to sell entertainment to us because for them, the definition of entertainment is very different.
That’s why they try to sell the popular things of their time to us as ‘remakes’. They believe that because it has worked for them, it will work for us. What they don’t realize is that we don’t want it.
There has been a significant rise in the number of remakes and remixes. It’s not a coincidence. People who are in the entertainment business don’t know what to make any more. They haven’t put much thought into it before. They certainly aren’t going to do that now. That is why what’s happening is happening.
So, why do I think that it’s a good thing?
Because we’re reaching a tipping point. Maybe we’re not fast enough, but we’re getting there. There has been a rise in low budget movies with good plots, beautiful new songs, awesome shows, even animated ones have strong plots with a subtle social commentary. This shift in the audience is forcing an entire generation of producers and entertainers to take more risks. They know that they can’t get us with their crappy remakes. It’s not all about money anymore, it’s about creating something of value.
Bear in mind, I am not trying to show our parent’s generation in a bad light. The socio-economic condition they grew up in demanded this approach. And they did a tremendous job, as far as building a new world was concerned. But now, the world is in a much better place than it was 40 years ago. Our generation can do something that the previous ones couldn’t – find a balance.
We don’t have to stick to these norms anymore. Now, we can move past than just making money. Sure, money is awesome and the more you have of it, the better. But this paradigm shift has given us the freedom of choice. We can start by giving art and philosophy the same importance as science and commerce. If Einstein was a genius, then Beethoven was one too. If Bill Gates is idealized then Hans Zimmer should be too. The problem is, most people don’t consider them as equals because art and philosophy do not give them something ‘tangible’. For them, it can’t be quantified and hence they refuse to acknowledge its importance.
But now, we can change that. We’re going to form the society in the coming years. And it needs reforming. It doesn’t mean disrespecting the old values, it means creating new ones, which are more in line with today’s world – exactly what the previous generation and the generations before them did.
And I truly believe we’re gonna do a damn good job.