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  1. I'm quoting a very specific part of this and will only address that. First off, something I always bring up when the topic of passion comes up. Take it from the mouth of Thomas Keller: I'm in a profession that runs on passion. Probably childhood/adolescent media-influenced dreams conflated with naivety and often some sort of preexisting financial backing that eliminates the need to think about financial solidarity. The hours stayed up late in school are whisked away as labors of love. The grind through are given the same reason: I'm passionate about doing this, I love doing this. Then the real world hits and the actual profession is incredibly different that what was portrayed in school. Walk in at 9am, handed off two big tasks, finish by 3:30 with meetings and interruptions. No fun late nights, deadline at 5pm but it's already 8pm and you're behind. Passion? No deviating from office standards. Want to try something different? No deviating from office standards. What doesn't produce money is not considered. Do this for awhile and I doubt that same eager passion walks in the door everyday. So a few things about passion. The first big takeaway as Keller states above is that passion dissipates. It is more or less that honeymoon period where everything is great through rose-tinted glasses. Then work is work and personal expectations fall below starry ideals. Do you stick to the job or think about moving on? What is so different elsewhere if even the most basic lowly tasks are not fueling any motivation? The turning point of any young person's career is this decision to persist or resign and look elsewhere. A reason why most have a bunch of related internships before graduation now is not only to escape that entry-level experience hole but to also get a grasp into whatever they're studying for. I'm in school for this but what is it like in the field? Books can't teach you that and personal experiences all differ because everyone has their own ways of adjusting to work. If you understand what a job/profession entails, passion can be the stepping stone towards somewhere better with time. That accepts the reality of the present and comes to terms of what to expect later on even if passion disappears for a few years. Careers are long-term projects, you best know what you're getting into. Another is to accept that work is work and as long as you find something tolerable and enjoyable to some degree, then do your best to collect the paycheck and pursue things on the side. Maybe those are pursuits without monetary gains but also little long-term financial consequences. So what if a hobby fizzles out and costs $500 in the end? Time and money traded for personal nourishment is perfectly normal. Or that side interest develops into something big and becomes your new career. Which leads me into this: unless you run your own business, you don't have any say in the level of passion you can commit. And of course this would mean there is no perfect job listing. Working for someone is always some sort of personal autonomy tradeoff and without the risk of being a high-value individual (not hierarchy manager but partner or principal), don't expect to be heard too often. Ideas typically flows downwards and employees in the lower tiers are going to be assigned work instead of having any say on the matter. Lack of control of one's own path can stymie desire never mind those random bouts of fleeting passion stomped on by do-now requests. Something that's often mentioned about millennials is the desire to make work (and workplace) their whole identity. Perhaps it is the prevalence of startup culture on social media which turns the traditional workplace into basically a frat house. Staying up late and never leaving the same cohorts for weeks on end. Flexible scheduling to do anything until you realize you're at work all the time and shunned if you try to make time for anything else. Don't you believe in our idea? So much for our, huh? Hobbies seem to have disappeared somewhere between not maximizing free time or being dissatisfied with any job that doesn't instill passion in the initial offer. It's too much to ask of any job to provide passion especially in the corporate mentality of filling seats with warm head-down-make-money bodies. You are there to make money for someone else, your passions are relevant only if they help make money. Passionate people are generally at odds with existing establishments anyways so it's all really moot to talk about complete personal contentment in a tightly structured workplace. Sometimes passions don't translate to work that anyone wants to pay for; sometimes you don't want to monetize everything about you. It all goes back to developing and leveraging whatever skills and experience you accrue over time to be in a position to be at your personal best throughout the workweek. You can hopefully apply your interests and passions to the position then. Or not and return home to them every night with unfettered devotion.
  2. A tale of caution: I don't have anything against Grammarly or other fancier spell-check programs but writing is 10% actual writing and 90% revising. You can't skip that back-and-forth conversation with the work and expect to make any strides forward. Turn on the basic spell-checker to catch obvious errors and then go through every sentence aloud. Hushed whispers is ok but really do verbalize it. Allocate at least one whole day to editing. Print out, mark up, recollect yourself and jump back in. The more time you set aside, the better the end results will be. Everything I say goes back to the point about control. You're responsible for what is read by another person, your personal standard is on the line. Those with high standards are given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to minor mishaps and tests of credibility. A reader can forgive a lot as long as the whole thing sounds like it was composed with care.
  3. Ghosted by one firm after an interview, hoping the other one doesn't do the same this week. What's so hard about just telling me no? It's only basic cordiality, not breaking bad news to a terminal patient.
  4. Adding onto what others have said: -- Read. Read and mimic what interests you. Avoid those easy-read works and jump right into good writers of any period. Even long-form articles work. -- Blog. It doesn't have to be public but just find a place (Wordpress is fine). Better if you don't feel you need to cater to an audience and not be so visual-centric. Pick any topic, hold yourself accountable to a standard, and repeat. -- Know the rules. Then you can interpret and break them. A hyphen or colon over a pedestrian comma splice elevates any writing sample. -- Writing is communication. It's highly important to know what and who you are before vesting time and effort into words that you then are responsible for. Ethos, pathos and logos for yourself and your audience.
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  6. Rent is such a joke in that city. The average monthly salary is around $2500. 45-50% of income on housing, a quarter on taxes and fees, and that last quarter to subsist on. One payment away from delinquency, two away from eviction (luckily there's like three months before forceful state intervention). I feel there's this vicious cycle of not being able to afford to make any life changes because the balance between cost and affordability is too precarious to introduce any new variables. Same static self for decades, a bad day away from doom. And I don't know if my profession really gives a hoot about it all aside from cashing in on ripe opportunity. I don't know if I care to keep searching for firms expecting them to hold social beliefs. They're corporations-- inanimate entities given a legal right to act and vote like "humans" but carry none of what makes us human.
  7. The benefits situation is tricky because they keep some people working pointless jobs or goalless just to retain them. I'd prefer a universal system where my benefits (health, safety net, etc.) are independent of whom I work for so in case of bad employers or dead-ends, the employee will have some leverage to leave without losing much. I think the search query would be "captive labor" or something along those lines. Pensions are dying too, no honeypot to draw from. I'm still surprised at how many people oppose unions yet complain in hushed whispers about blatant employment violations.
  8. Credentialism has led to a rise of excessive grad students with little practical experience or new input towards the profession or academic side. What else can the young do though? The entry-level jobs that ought to be vacated are still held on by lifers from the previous generation and the new wave gotta find work somehow. So a Master's is practically the new baseline standard since everyone's going straight from undergrad through grad school in one fell swoop to somehow add value to themselves. That and 2-3 years of experience for the least enticing positions. Looking at the stats for the States, there's approximately a 50% increase from 2000 to now in the number of Master's degree holders. Of course the number of positions requiring an advanced degree has not grown as fast nor have the number of people displaced in the 2008 recession been all accounted for somewhere. Grad school is a lucrative business too where students generally aren't afforded as much stipends/scholarships and typically shoulder unsubsidized loans public or private. It's different than say 20-30 years ago when grad school was exclusive yet relatively fully funded. Now it's an extension of undergrad without the previous years of working experience in-between. Doctorates are another thing, the investment is often too long and the work demanding for limited prospects in academia. If in STEM, your Master's and doctorate work is likely your specific role in the private sector. For other majors, there isn't much that trumps experience or applied knowledge. Nothing is guaranteed now. Not in a global economy where education is arguably the most straight-forward approach that is easily achieved with disposable money. I can't say for sure whether grad school is a good fit or not for someone but there's plenty to consider when one nears their career prime 30s instead of nascent early 20s. @MissAria You hear good cases because people who aren't as successful don't boast about their situation. It's survivorship bias, hearing only from those who swam instead of sank out of the gate. Plenty are exploited for cheap labor. Plenty are working without benefits and stagnant wages (differs from country to country but sucks in one that lacks social safety nets). Even the well-paid can be terminated without reason as they are not unionized and are as disposable as the next eager replacement. Some jobs people take may pay well (temporarily) but they're jobs, not careers. And they may be short-term deals. And offered out of blind luck opportunity. Jobs aren't truly meritocratic and we ought to stop thinking that such a method to objectively pick people is in place. It's not always your fault, someone probably just got an insider referral. Someone was part of the good old boys club and got priority. Right place, right time, right chances. You ought to look into networking and connections. I know, I hate that too but that's how you can move around without constantly looking to change majors and kill more time in school. Going back to school has an age limit because ageism exists too especially in tech (that's why most try to cash in before their forties or so). Further schooling is a solution to a self-created problem: what do you want to do? What if it doesn't change anything in the end? Undergraduate can be that exploratory phase but graduate school and above needs a firm commitment.
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