Earlier this week, I had interviews with three different jobs. I flew to New York on Tuesday and will stay a week. The interviews were all at various marketing and sales firms. I got every single job. But I’m not taking any of them.
On LinkedIn, these jobs seemed glamorous. Checking out the websites, they seemed professional and impressive. They were even in expensive parts of Manhattan, so they had to be great, right?
Pretty much, what these companies are doing is capitalizing on new graduates who want a job in The Big Apple. The hours are ridiculous, one of them being 58 hours a week and another would have me working until 10 at night. The pay is ridiculous, unlivable. I’m talking ridiculous even if I was still living with my parents. The lowest pay offered to me was $200 a week. The highest pay was not much more. Not to mention some of them would have me being a door to door salesmen.
[For the record, these companies are Global Skyline, Crosstown Solutions, and Alumni Group.]
As much as I love New York, it would be a bad decision for me to take any of these jobs. I was pretty bummed about it earlier. I had been so excited at the prospect of finally leading a professional life; of finally getting to live in New York City. But then, I put things into perspective.
Even though these jobs turned out to be scams, I’d say this trip was a success. I interviewed in a professional setting, got the jobs, and got to go to NYC for a week. I’ve done six stand up shows since Tuesday. I’m trying to take advantage of the comedy scene here. I’ve grown so much as a comedian in this past week and that alone has been invaluable. That will be my biggest success from this experience.
I have one and a half more days in this wild city and I plan to make the most out of it. MoMA, Guggenheim, and some other cool places are on my list. I know not getting a real job has been a bummer.
At least there’s a silver lining.