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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:32 PM

Minimum Rage: College Grads in the Service Industry

Behind the bar of a fancy New York restaurant, a 27-year-old bartender tidies her olive-and-cherry box. She attempts to look distracted while a middle-aged financial analyst holds her captive with small talk.

“So what else do you do?” he slurs, four Manhattans deep.

“Nothing,” she says. “I just do this.”

“Oh!” he answers. “That’s cool. Did you go to college?”

http://www.utne.com/politics/college-grads-service-industry-zm0z12jazwar.aspx#ixzz1z2GdaU6G

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Viva_La_Revolution Jun 2012 OP
Po_d Mainiac Jun 2012 #1
xchrom Jun 2012 #2
KansDem Jun 2012 #3
Agony Jun 2012 #4
Egalitarian Thug Jun 2012 #5

Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:41 PM

1. May 1974 redux

I was standing beside my wife as she was lined up out in a hallway ready to do the march and get her BS.

A kid a few feet ahead opened a door beside him....It was one of the janitors closets.

He pulled out a broom, raised it above his head, and hollered out "Hey, I got a job!"

The groans and laughs cancelled each other out.

True Story.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:00 PM

2. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:40 PM

3. It's a chance we all take...

After securing graduate degrees, I worked for two years at three part-time jobs. I had to be somewhere everyday of the week and did this while I applied to every position I was remotely qualified for.

I had two interviews but no offers. A full-time position opened up at one of the part-time jobs and I'm now working in a field that I never envisioned I would be doing when I was in school.

It's a crapshoot. Some of us "win" and some of us "lose."

I didn't "win" but I sure as hell didn't "lose" like some grads I've been reading about lately.

And "yes": If I knew then what I know now I would have made some very different choices...

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 09:07 PM

4. Rec. . . . "organize “the worker, not the job.” "

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Sat Jun 30, 2012, 05:22 PM

5. Good article. I wish them better luck than we've had. n/t

 

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