Saturday, February 03, 2007

Problem solving

We were talking about the job fair. I was showing her, with great dramatic flair and the inclusion of many four-letter words, exactly what I would do if I were to run into the peons I work for.

“What is it that you want to do?” The way she asked the question was forceful.

I stumbled. “I...I don’t know.” It was honest, anyway.

“You don’t want to [be in the industry that I studied after graduation for and interviewed in Chicago and NYC for positions in]...?”

“I don’t know. No. I don’t. I don’t want to move, Mom. And I didn’t really like the people much.” I also couldn’t land either job I interviewed for.

“Maybe you should quit your job, move back home and temp for a while. Find something that you like.”

“I am not quitting my job to work as a temp, Mother!”

“Why not? You’re young.”

“I won’t have insurance, for one thing.”

“You can’t live your life for insurance. Quit your job and move home. You can live her for a year.”

“I’m not quitting my job and moving home.”

“You have a fantastic résumé. Your job has given you a lot of experience. You can stay, but, face it, your résumé won’t get any better. They’ve already passed on you for two promotions.”

“I don’t want to temp. I don’t want to go without insurance. It’s important. What if it’s like that girl I worked with in college? What if I don’t have insurance and I find out that I have M.S.?”

“That’s highly unlikely.”

“She thought the same thing, Mom!”

If my mom was the type of person to roll her eyes (she’s not), she would’ve.

“Then you’re going to have to get married.”

There you go. Quarter-life crisis solutions by my mother. Quit your job and be a temp. Or just get married.


Laurie said...

I shouldn't laugh but that's funny. At least you aren't taking her seriously.

Amy said...

Oh my lord, I've heard this speech. When I was first divorced and working my first full-time job for real, at one point I was talking about trying for a promotion and my dad told me that I was either going to have to go back to school and get my Master's degree (something I could ill afford at that point) or I was just going to have to get remarried if I ever wanted to raise my standard of living. THANKS DAD!!

Stick to your guns, keep your job, even if you hate it, it looks better on your resume to have that job and stability than to be temping and temping sucks. You have a good head on your shoulders, A.

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