Posted by v
So my 20 year old cousin recently got an entry level job as a billing clerk. So far she seems to like it. She gets up everyday and goes to work, which says a lot for a 20 year old.
Since she got this job, everyone has some advice for her. Most of it centers around “don’t screw up”. I especially like the advice that her well-intentioned, albeit blue collar, mom gave her: “Now Jessie, you’ve got you a good job. All you have to do is put in your time.”
Now I know that she’s not going to set the world on fire, but surely we can have higher expectations than cleaving to a clerical job. I think this notion of “putting in time” is something that people say even though they know it’s not the reality we live in. Put in your time and the company will take care of you. Put in your time and life stays safe.
I remember getting this kind of advice when I was Jessie’s age. It was so damn confusing. I always felt this slight twinge of guilt as I jettisoned one low paying job for another, always in search of the better boss or just something different. I can’t imagine stalling out so soon. I hope Jessie takes my advice – “Jessie, you’re getting some good work experience. You can do this for a year or two and then look for something better.”