Ewwww, Work

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Well yes, we know that the economy remains persistently, depressingly weak. And yes, it’s true that technically having a job is better than not having one.

That doesn’t change the fact, however, that jobs are significantly less fun than college. So even if you’re lucky enough to be gainfully employed, those of you who will graduate in the next week or two, it’s not going to be so great.

According to a piece by Eve Binder Ivy Gate:

Graduation is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: a massive upsurge in Ivy League freakouts, mostly due to the stunning realization that Ivy League students have zero common sense and no life skills beyond constructing bongs out of toilet paper rolls and laundry filters. Thank God we have someone like Crimson columnist Brian J. Bolduc to deliver us from our own abundance of thumbs and left feet.

Eh, actually most of Bolduc’s items of advice are pretentious and obnoxious. That being said, Bolduc does make one important point: “You’re about to enter adult life. You’ve got brilliance down. Now give competence a try.”

This should not be taken lightly. In time being smart helps one succeed in a career. But the first job or internship or whatever, no matter where one went to school, is mostly about manipulating spreadsheets or Googling random crap for no clear purpose. Success here has a lot to do with simply showing up on time and in clean clothes.

It’s really sort of depressing insight. Happy graduation. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer