posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 01:06 AM
reply to post by IkNOwSTuff
For my last eight years of employment, I worked as PA to a defence attache at an embassy. Security cleared by four countries. Prior to that was the
pro kitchen stuff. When I asked about help from any employment agencies, I get kitchen gig referrals. I was in a very specific situation in the
embassy so working in a Finnish office is not possible - my Finnish skills are not of that quality and never will be. So it's always kitchen. But
celiac disease kills the intestines. If I even inhale some wheat flour, I get a sinus infection. I am also unable to digest soy, citrus, eggs, or
peanuts. Think about working in a kitchen and being unable to handle those things. It is impossible.
But even that's not the point. I've applied for all sorts of jobs. And hundreds of them. No calls. You know why? Because I'm not young. I'm
not schooled in Finland. I'm not Finnish. I have too much experience (that they have to pay for). Why would an employer take someone who likely
knows more than they do to work for them when they can hire someone who knows nothing but has papers that say they do? In Finland, they hire bits of
paper, not people.
I will not just do any pathetic job for some idiot that has a power trip though. And the fact of the matter is that there wasn't a single job I've
applied for over the past four years that I would actually have been interested in doing. These jobs are for zombies. I'm far too awake and far too
aware to do that sort of thing.
There are lots of businesses I could start here with very little start-up costs. But they are so regulated that the services are virtually
nonexistent at present. The businesses that do exist have to charge absurd prices to pay for the hoops they have to jump through for insurances and
taxes. It's madness! And meanwhile those taxes go nowhere. This society is diseased, deeply and irretrievably. Nothing short of its death will
cure what ails it.
In this country, you have to be exactly the person the employer is looking for before you will even get an interview. My son just applied for a
summer job. There were 700 applicants. This was just a summer job at a grocery store chain. Even my last job at the embassy had over 150
applicants. Jobs are few and far between here. You will see the same job ad for even years here, because they can't find that "one special
person". Seriously? Isn't that a little weird? It's not like you have to be a damn wizard to do a job. But somehow things have gotten more than
a little out of hand with employment. And once you're unemployed, you will probably stay that way. Once you're unemployed in middle age, you
*will* stay that way.
There is no work for a lot of us. Your experience is irrelevant to us. It's great that you can get a job just like that, but that's you. And in
fact, getting an interview is not getting a job. If you're talking about getting a job picking pineapples or working at a convenience store, that's
not just doable for quite a good part of the population. Not all jobs fit all people. You damage your soul a lot when you do the wrong work. That
embassy job was a killer, though the pay was decent and had a lot of other perks. But it was killing my soul. I will never "prostitute" myself for
a job ever again.