Today I applied for a freelance writing job. I didn’t get it, simply because I lacked the right education as well as the experience necessary to write about what they needed me to write about. That explanation was definitely okay because it was right on. It was very exact and I appreciated them for informing me and telling me the truth, unlike other companies which just leave you hanging and wondering why.
The thing about it is that you pretty much need education and experience to live the American dream. No matter if it is just to paint a house, they require you to take a special test and this and that in order to even have a smidgeon of a chance to land the mode of employment you want to be employed in. My stance on education has always been clear as night and day. I have never been a proponent of sitting in class and doing school work and paying attention to a boring instructor attempting to teach me something that I can find out in books. It has never appealed nor will it ever appeal to me.
The sad part about it is that I had to do it for years, from Kindergarten to post-high school, and it drove me crazy. Education should not be necessary in my opinion because if you already know what you’re doing and you have been doing it for a long time, there is no reason to get a degree to advance yourself because you’re probably more qualified than anyone else applying for that same job. Yet they (the powers that be in the chosen industry) pick the person with the educational background, and it doesn’t make sense and it never will to me.
I am just as good of a writer as anyone else they have in those companies and I consider myself a very smart person with an above-average IQ (because it is true and I have been tested) and it is an insult to not be chosen for something that I think I would be really great at. America is obviously not as free as we thought it was and as she labels herself as. All the want ads and classifieds sections of newspapers and online postings all want education and experience – just a sad, sad state of affairs. Hopefully that will change because the world is missing out on a lot of talented people who are just waiting in the wings to show off what they have. Something must be done about this, some way, somehow.