Archive for July, 2007

Learning to Work is Important Too

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

I watched a segment on the Today Show about how many teenagers and young twenty-somethings are choosing coursework over summer jobs. They believe taking on additional classes will better prepare them for their future careers and feel it is more productive than taking on a menial restaurant, service or retail job.

Though it is great they are not spending their summer breaks loafing around and doing nothing, I am not convinced they are actually learning more from books than a traditional summer job might be able to teach them. I spent my highschool and college summers working at a marina. I cleaned bathrooms, scrubbed boats, sorted bait, arranged rentals and managed a small convenience store. The job had nothing to do with my planned career path. What I learned over those summers was invaluable, however. Books and classes don’t offer an opportunity to learn team strategies, patience, flexibility with job functions and people skills.

As a professional recruiter, I often encountered new grads with excellent grades and zippo preparedness for how to succeed in the real work world. Because they are getting their feet wet in the working world with professional level jobs, the performance expectations are higher and the allowed learning curves are shorter. Employers are more forgiving of a $7/hr employee who needs to hone his/her basic work skills than they are of the $20+/hr employee who is struggling with being a reliable team player who can problem solve an effectively deal with a variety of personalities.

To the Women in the Hagerstown Shoney’s

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I washed my hands.  Really, I did.  There was a separate sink in the handicapped stall and I washed them there.  Promise.  There was no need to look at me as if my mother didn’t raise me right.  Surely you saw me wiping my hands with the brown paper towel.  What use would I have of the towel if it weren’t to dry my freshly washed hands?  And you must have noticed my germ-phobic self using the towel to pull open the restroom door.  How likely is it a woman who won’t lay her hands on a public door handle would waltz out of a restroom without a date with soap and water?

Libby’s Luck

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I wasn’t exactly surprised to hear of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence commutation.  In fact, a full pardon wouldn’t have shocked me either.  Surely George W. learned the Golden Rule of do unto others as you would have others do unto you.  It would be down right silly for him to expect others to take responsibility for their actions when he clearly doesn’t wish to have others hold him accountable for his decisions, words and behavior.

Disposable Income

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

I get the impression many people believe disposable income is indeed income you simply throw away.  Who came up with such a silly term?  Disposable income is defined as the income left over after taxes.  This is the money we can spend AND save.  So often when I hear individuals speaking of their disposable income, it sounds like they are prepared to toss it down the drain.