Joe and me... like my hat? (courtesy of http://exit78.com/)
Some people like me, and some people don’t. And most couldn’t care less one way or the other about some unemployed blogger and his thoughts. That’s the way the world works. But once in a great while someone spits so much venom my way that I wonder if I wronged them in a previous life. Maybe I was Genghis Khan and he a Mongolian foot soldier I placed in charge of animal dung collection. Who can say? That was a long time ago in a faraway land, and I had a very large army to run. The task needed to be done, so I delegated. Raiding dynasties is tough enough without having to worry about the hurt feelings of some nomadic tribesman or other.
your blog disgusts me plain and simple. Settling for less than you deserve? “This is a smaller step. I’m now applying for positions beneath my pay grade and skill level, even entry-level if the company is in a strong growth field”? Who do you think you are. I have an MBA myself from Sloan, yes MIT Sloan, and it’s laughable to think we are entitled to 200K annually because of a piece of paper. I used to make $400K/yr in NYC at a boutique investment firm, but was laid off a year ago.I was unemployed but settled for $80K annually in Dallas,Tx with an oil and gas firm with room to grow. Your blog is hilarious I think bc it shows your true colors. You’re a snot of an MBA like everyone else, and no you are not entitled to anything…..yes, no job is beneath you Norm.
[Note: I've added quotes to the above to distinguish my blog excerpt from his comments, and a link.]
It’s always nice to hear from one of my fans. So I thank Joe for gleaning so much about me from a blog post, applying his superior and highly valued intellect to my words and revealing my true colors to the world. I’ve been exposed as a disgusting, undeserving snot. In fact, let me take the Norm-bashing to the logical next step. Tomorrow at 3:00 pm I will stand on my fire escape in Queens – where entitled MBAs and first-generation immigrants commingle – so the world can hurl epithets and rotten fruit at me. I only ask that people aim high. Oh yeah, and no mangoes. Those things really hurt, tasty though they are.
In the meantime, since I’ve been called out on my own site, let’s examine some of Joe’s points, shall we? I have an MBA from Fordham University. Fordham is a solid school, but it’s not MIT by any stretch. That’s okay; we can’t all be as smart and modest as Joe. I’m still proud to have earned my graduate degree. I worked full-time and went to school nights for four years to get it. But at the moment, the only real proof of my investment is a piece of paper, some hefty student loans and perhaps an inflated sense of my worth in the marketplace.
The idea behind grad school was to make myself more employable. That has worked out in some ways and not in others. A graduate degree did increase my paycheck by about 40%. But in my best year that never approached six figures, let alone $200K or $400K. All MBAs don’t work at investment banks or make high salaries. Many have pursued jobs in communications, public service, non-profit or, like me, marketing, and “settled for $80K annually” or less. An $80K a year annual paycheck would be a step up for a lot of us. Does my career path and earnings history make me a sucker or a fool? Quite possibly. Maybe I should’ve grabbed my share while I could… if I could. I’ll never know. I thought it important to follow my interests where they led. The music industry tanked, so that didn’t work out so well. Nor did my degree make me any less expendable, what with my last three positions ending in layoff. That’s something I plan to work at when hired again. In the grand scheme of things, my MBA, as an investment, appears to be a wash.
As Joe delicately points out, I’m not entitled to anything. I agree. I’m not, aside from certain inalienable rights that I came up with in another previous life. Today’s world reminds me over and over, all day, everyday that nothing comes easy, lest I forget. It’s up to me to make it happen. This is part of what makes unemployment so hard to take. I feel like a skilled and capable worker who can offer value. I’m qualified for the positions I seek. My experience, education and skill set support that, but my continued unemployment refutes it. So “I’m now applying for positions beneath my pay grade and skill level, even entry-level if the company is in a strong growth field.” There’s no shame in this, though I am over-qualified.
My continued unemployment says I’m worthless, at least on bad days in my own head. Joe would probably agree. But I know where I fit, and I don’t want to sell myself short. There’s a big difference between qualified and entitled. Though both lead to disappointment in this job market. Many other people of various education levels and job histories feel the same way – disappointed. Some write blog posts to work through their issues. Some read blogs for another perspective. And some assume they know everything and lash out to mask their own insecurities and fears. At least that’s my take from reading Joe’s comments. Because one blog post, or one paragraph of comments based on assumptions and riddled with errors, can define a person.