Posts Tagged ‘college’

I just realized how hard it is to find a job here in America (so much for the land of opportunity). It’s not just about the unemployment rate haunting every broke college kid. It’s more about every hoop and ditch you have to jump over just to get experience that will hopefully get you a job.

Back in Philippines, kids have it way easier. High school kids (with the exception of the few who can’t afford school) don’t even know what a job is. We have our parents for that. Nobody hires in college. No one ever had to worry about paying for college because it’s socially dictated that that’s the parent’s job. It’s ridiculous here. Even middle school students are working. College students are bending over backwards to work for school, food, and shelter. Full time students and full time employees.

Filipino college kids don’t have to worry about getting job experience before entering the work force. It’s actually part of their college curriculum. They have on the job training stuff (I don’t know for sure, I moved before I got to that part). And it’s far from the internship hunting experience here in the US. In Manila, if you know someone who has a job, you’re good to go. That’s what relatives are for: they hook you up.

Yes, unfortunately for those who are looking for actual jobs, nepotism’s a big part of the Filipino work culture. But it makes it so much easier for poor little, inexperienced college kids to find a job. Unlike here, you’re on your own.

And when it comes to getting the actual job, the requirements here in America are extensive. You have to have good grades, sufficient job experience, training, possibly a graduate degree, impressive recommendation letters, good references, exceptional skills, and ability to stand out amidst several hundred other candidates with everything mentioned while protecting your job from getting  completely eradicated due to company budget cuts.

CNN’s Top 10 Reason Why Employers Want to  Hire You

What employers look for – Univ. of Minnesota.

All your job hunting goes here. Probably.


You know what you need for a job in Philippines? A high school diploma and knowledge of the English language.



Isn't Vinny cute?

SAT essay question asking about Jersey Shore? Not exactly.

Ms. Lylah M. Alphonse wrote this article for Yahoo! about a recent SAT prompt asking the kids about reality shows. It read:

“Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled. How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?

“Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so-called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful?”

Here I was thinking they asked who Sammi was hitting up right after she broke up with Ronnie (cookie to the one who gets this right). Apparently, people were peeing their panties over this because some kids are too cool, too smart, and too morally sound to be watching these trashy shows. And you can’t write about something you don’t know after all, right?

I’m glad Ms. Alphonse here included a statement from the SAT people. Basically (and I paraphrase completely) these kids are narrow-minded and they shouldn’t be so whiny. The question didn’t ask about a specific show but about the nature and effects of the show. I’m sure no matter how nerdy a kid is and if the only shows s/he watched were about animals doing it in the safari, s/he’d know what a damn reality show is. You have to be completely oblivious to not be able to answer this question. That or you’re just one of those who memorize their whole textbook to get good grades–yeah, those people.

Come on, they complain about this now? Just wait and see when their professors start lecturing about something completely different from their textbook materials. Are kids going to be complaining about that, too?

After I was done making my WTF face reading the article, it made me wonder: Are they (ahem, we) so obsessed with our GPAs now that we can’t think outside the box anymore?