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24 April 2007 @ 19:42
Forays into the job market (Or, why I am going to give up and become an investment banker)  
Now that I'm into grad school, I need a new thing to freak out about and assume that I'll never achieve: a job offer.

Let me explain.

Today, I decided to go online and check out what sorts of jobs there are out there. Obviously, top choice would be a job relating to Human Rights, since that's what I'm about to dedicate a year of my life to studying. But I'm also very open to selling my soul and working for an investment bank, because hey, I like to buy things with money same as everyone else.

So I'm on the UN's website. And Amnesty International's Website. And IOM's website. (And Deutche Bank and Lehman Brothers and RBS too.) And I'm learning something. The investment banks are far, far more willing to train you straight out of university, with no experience in the field at all, as long as you show intellectual aptitude and are willing to learn. And, they pay really well, even their internships.

Not so much with the HR people. All of them, even the blatantly straight-out-of-school looking jobs like the UN's Junior Officer Programme, require 2 - 3 years of experience in the field. I'd love to get two years of experience in the field. But you know what? I CAN'T IF NONE OF YOU WILL HIRE ME WITHOUT TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, CAN I? It's the world's most evil catch-22. I'm basically getting an MA in Trying to Save the World, and no one will hire me to do it because I went to school instead of going to work. My favourite one is IOM (International Organisation for Migration), which requires 3 years of experience and only a secondary level of education. That's high school, y'all. This is hilarious to me because, who in their right minds would hire someone who didn't even go to university? How are THOSE people getting the magical years of experience?

I mean, obviously, if you have a stellar academic record and glowing reviews from mentors and advisors and your disseration is made of win, they might offer you an interview. You clearly have SOME experience, since you've spent a year (or longer) learning about it. But I just feel like, if you're applying for a job out of pure love of what you're doing, instead of money (cos these jobs do not make millionaires out of anyone; the top jobs on Amnesty's website are paying £30,000 a year), they shouldn't make it so damn difficult.

Or else, we'll all just go learn how to be global market analysts with Deutche Bank, and donate the £1 a day Amnesty begs for on TV all the damn time.
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