I’m going to sound like a bitch. I accept that. But I’ve had this on my mind for quite some time now and I just HAVE to share it so that hopefully just ONE person listens to what I have to say. If just ONE person takes this advice or whatever it is that I’m doing here and says, “Shit, I need to work on this…this makes sense”, my entire life will be complete.
So here it goes…
You know that nerd in your class that has a 4.0 GPA and knows the answer to every single question about every single topic you couldn’t care any less about? You know, the one that starts a ten minute intellectual conversation 3 fu%@*ing minutes before class is supposed to end? The one that’s clearly not in a relationship because they spend 80 hours straight studying somewhere and therefore go days without showering and well, honestly, who would date someone that doesn’t shower regularly??!?
Yea, PLEASE DON’T TRY TO BE LIKE THAT. As smart as they are, I promise you, they’re not going to get very far in their careers. Okay, maybe they’ll have their own big office one day….In the basement….Somewhere secluded. Because they’re socially awkward and on a scale from 1-10 their people skills are at best a -15.79.
It seems that when Gen-Y asks older, more “experienced” (I put it in quotations because I don’t think that being older automatically makes you more experienced) workers for advice, the number one thing they do is tell us to go to school and to study, study, oh, and study. Ok. For the most part, I guess we have to. But only because of Corporate BS like requirements that HR peeps use to screen candidates. I’m so sorry but someone SMART is a lot more qualified to hold a job than someone with a BACHELORS Degree. THEY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS. So the smart guy usually gets screwed because he doesn’t have a shiny degree to display on his wall. Like me:
I really like mine. But I get to like mine because I’m not socially awkward and I know how to interact with humans.
So here’s some advice on how to prevent yourself from being that creepy weird guy at work that no one likes:
1. Don’t get the best grades
Ok so if you want to get into Harvard Grad School, skip this and move on to #2. But if you want to have a life and not spend the rest of it paying off student loans, keep reading. Yeah, sure, get decent grades…don’t be a total failure. But what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be spending your entire collegiate life studying. There’s a girl in one of my grad school classes that annoys the f*$% out of me. I legit want to hit her with her 95 pound backpack. Yes…she’s in grad school and wears a backpack…because God forbid she leaves one of her books at home. At the end of the day, when you graduate with a 3.0 GPA, it doesn’t make you any less qualified than the guy next to you with a 4.0 that lived off of Red Bull and Adderall for two years.
2. If you study, study at the library
Okay so at some point, I’m sure you’ll have to study. But don’t study at home! Study in the library or at a coffee shop. Somewhere where you can partake in this thing called human interaction. Somewhere where you have to be polite and deal with assholes…because that’s how it is in the workforce. So you have to learn how to deal with that BS. And you can’t learn that by being home in your room studying every day with your cat.
3. Be a part of something
Join a club. Join a fraternity or a sorority. Join the chess team. Create a chess team! Find some ways to make friends. People used to make fun of me when they learned I was in a Sorority. “Oh, jeez, you’re paying for your friends?” LOL YES! And it was a brilliant decision! I paid to help build my network! And guess what? I made real friends at the same time and had some of the best years of my life! Corporate Executives pay THOUSANDS of dollars a year for the opportunity to network…to get their names out there…for people to like them and eventually do business with them. Most Generation Y workers won’t be experts just yet at our jobs. And I promise you that our bosses aren’t going to spend thousands of dollars sending us to conferences. So what better way to ensure that you have a huge network than to belong to an organization in college?! Plus, it’s usually a lot more fun than these conferences anyways. And most importantly….YOU LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS! Because at work, there will two types of people:
1. Really Cool People
2. People You Wish You Could Taze
And you’ll have to be prepared to deal with both.
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