Thursday, May 8, 2008

frustrations in the world of the un(der)employed

i am now beginning to believe that it is not always true when people say that one has a greater chance to his/her future with a good education. because in reality, a diploma and probably a couple of years of working experience are still not enough to shield you against life's frustrations.

there are even times when i asked myself, if i am just too picky with work? or if i failed to realize that life is not always the way i want it to be. But then why behind these questions, i can't stop myself from asking: then, what is this degree that i've proudly strived and earned for? is it a matter of a wrong juvenile decision when i was about to enter college?or a fatal mistake because i've followed my own passion rather than what the market demands?

it is really frustrating to know that here in the country, every person's ambition when they were kids are usually not the profession they end up with. such jobs are either not available in the work force or pay way less to support one's everyday expenses. because in the real world, there is no room for fairytale-like dreams and passions. it is only the market that matters. moreover, it is even more depressing to know that it is actually other countries who dictate what our life would be.

although sometimes i envy those people who take board and bar exams: those who blinds the street with their white uniforms: yuppies who wear neck ties and in formal attires: and most especially to those who landed on their dream jobs. because atleast they've become use of it.

if only somebody can tell me where i can buy a ticket to my dream job destination. then i'll be more willing to bring back the hope of getting my last pay and give it to them. but until now, i still don't know what i really want to do in life---a problem every sponatenous people has to think about for the sake of their future.
so help me god! (see im also beginnging to go back to my religion. now, that's frustration my friend!)

24 comments:

KRIS JASPER said...

I didn't want to be a nurse, I was forced by my parents (who are both nurses).. I wanted to be a journalist.. but then again, if I didn't follow them I dont think I'll be enjoying the things I have now.

Im not happy with nursing, good thing my job requires more paper works than nursing interventions.

Blogging fulfilled my dream of being a journalist (in some ways..)

Niel Camhalla said...

"i envy those people who take board and bar exams: those who blinds the street with their white uniforms: yuppies who wear neck ties and in formal attires"

I used to admire them, too. We are taught to admire them. Now I admire the people who just stays at home, telling the folks wearing business attire what to do.

It is possible that the stuff that makes other people happy won't make you happy. I don't think there is a ticket you can buy from somebody. I think we have to create the path to our own happiness. I thank you! *bow*

Mugen said...

When I was at your age, I do not know my destination too. Mom just told me to live life one step at a time and let it decide what direction to take.

Back in college, I declared that I would be a trendy millionaire by 25. It seems like it's not my fate, but at least, I've learned things in life in ways that money could never buy.

Vera said...

i'm a biology graduate but i'd prefer being a starving artist. (or a doctor if we had the means)

nah..

i work for an internet/web based whatever company. (i dont even know how to call it) kamusta naman yun.

dave said...

i can testify that majority of the students right now don't want what they got into... mine, though i want it, it still is not my passion.

nice blog... i hope you don't mind if i add you up in my link list...

Bino/Geno said...

Well, magtrabaho lang. Sasaya din yan. Hehe.

mikes said...

hala..

kohlsentah nalang...pera pera lang ang labanan for now.tsaka na ang seryosohan.kaya yan sir :p

Toilet Thoughts said...

Bata ka pa Eric. Dadating din yan sayo. Promise. Basta love what you are doing. And everything will fall into place.

Aracir said...

"i still don't know what i really want to do in life"

i don't know... maybe you do? and you just don't do it...yet. pareho lng tayo but there's still time.

Ely said...

uhmmm, could totally relate to that. I spent n years in college for a degree that now i am unable to put to good use. I realize, it's not what i want to do eventually...

♥nova-san said...

It seems that your struggle is the universal struggle among the youth in the Philippines. You work your ass off getting a degree and more, and even then you're not guaranteed the job that you want, or even that it's something that can provide a good life for you.

But I think the first step is just deciding what you really want to do. Then, you can take the steps to get to where you want to go.

Too bad you're not here in the U.S. Well... you can always apply! ;)

Toilet Thoughts said...

teka akala ko mag law school ka?

cedeux said...

hay that's reality...
sadly, kahit sa med school, there are some naman na parang napilitan lang magaral ng med. talk about waste of money diba?

i can't give you an advice kasi sa age ko, di ko pa naexperience magwork. nakakaguilty minsan. i wanted too pero i have to finish what i started.

ingats ka palagi, sabi nga nila bata ka pa. maraming pwede pa mangyari=]

wanderingcommuter said...

kj: well, atleast your still lucky having all of this fall into your place. now, i am more envious. hehehe.

niel: but come to think of it this people at home were once people who used to wear those business attire. sometimes i just wish i was born with a a more shinier, extravagant and out of this world silver spoon in my mouth. hehehe!

It is possible that the stuff that makes other people happy won't make you happy. I don't think there is a ticket you can buy from somebody. I think we have to create the path to our own happiness. I thank you! *bow*---very well said, ms paraguay! oo nga tinamaan naman daw ako sa sinabi mo...buti na lang mabilis ang reflexes ko at nakailag ako...wooh!!!

mugen: sana kaedad na lang kita para alama ko na yung akin. siguro nga tama nanay mo, happy mother's day nga pala sa kanya. naku, kapag 25 gusto ko, teka ano nga ba gusto ko nga ulit. basta magulo pa ako ngayon.
"in ways that money could never buy."- j.lo? hehehe.

vera: nakakalito ang buhay noh? hehehe.

dave: hmmm...good point course that differs from what you want and what your passion lies. no problem go ahead! you seem to be a nice guy! thanks for the comment.

bino/geno: naku dalawang taon ko ng sinasabi yun sa dati kong work. kaso wala pa rin eh.

toilet thoughts: hahaha...napaka virginal ng salitang bata para sa akin. hehehe. natatawa naman daw ako. pero thanks dude. sana nga. sana nga...
uy, teka din..oo nakapag enroll na ako for this sem. puchang mga law school yan. hindi na lang mag iisang curriculum. 3 subjects lang ang naka credit sa akin. waaahhh...oh well papel. sa susunod na post na yun.

aracir:hmm...palagay mo din? hindi ko kasi alam kung pano simulan eh. sige i'll try. gusto ko talaga kasing maging ramp model eh. kaso ayaw naman ng industriya. hahaha.
kidding aside. tingin ko parehas nga tayo ng iniisip. oxa, sige...ill try.

ely: haaay...kung nabebenta lang siguro ang frustration, siguro mayaman na tayo...baka business partner pa. hahaha.

novasan: yup. pero minsan kasi its really hard to make a decision and eventually harder to make a step. hehehe.
i dunno, abroad is not always my option. but who knows. hehehe.

cedeux: hehehe. naku, mahirap for me kasi im into law school but i chose to support myself. kahit hindi ko din masyado gusto ang law school, like i just have to finish what i started. i can feel the pressure too dude!

dabo said...

well said.. so is this your application letter to the world? (question no. 1)

richard said...

philippines is a diploma-oriented country. nakakalungkot nga lang, out of those diplomas, a small percent lang ang nakakawork- here and abroad na.. at ang iba di nga gusto. napilitan lang. that's the reality. it's really inevitable..

in my part, my diploma is a sure ticket for work. ang problema nga lang, ang paghahanap. struggle talaga..

trabaho lang. and love it.. kung hindi talaga, shift to other work. kung saan ka masaya, dun ka. mahirap magtrabaho without passion. iwas pagkakamali pa.

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Kris Canimo said...

hindi pa ako nakakapagpagawa, pero sa recto marami. naku. kung yun lang ang kelangan, para san pa ang recto di ba?

Anino said...

Wanderer, kung makasalubong mo ang tao na nagbebenta ng tiket para sa "tamang trabaho", ibili mo ako ng extra ha.

janus said...

hah! I am a nurse, and I so do not like it!!! I graduated year 2006, passed the board exam but until now, I am still unemployed! Reason? Because I don't want this profession that they say is so noble....

I just wanted to become a chef! Purbida!!

the donG said...

true. mostly kids only desire to be a doctor or a teacher. and their reasons are to be able to create new medicines for cancer or to be able to teach children for free.

sadly it's not that way in the real world and what more with our country.

but there's always hope.

jericho said...

frustrated ka na nga ... you can always go back dun sa pinag-usapan natin way way before... hehehe

red riding odin hood said...

may inaalok dad ko na sideline work habang bakasyon pero parang ayaw ko gawin. tinatamad kasi ako hehe

ang dami nga pala naghahanap trabaho, at ito na trabaho na ang lumalapit sakin tatanggihan ko pa!

um cge na nga gagawin ko na hahaha

dhobby ghene said...

I can somehow relate to this post

and I really do agree that nowadays students just pick a course that dont interest them but course that they "think" would give them alot of money. At palawit na lang ang diploma ngaun...

but it somehow sad to hear na kulang daw ang human resource dito sa pilipinas dahil nagmimigrate daw sa foreign countries... what they really dont think is that they set certain requirements, but when someone came with one of those requirement, they tend to turn him down and rather choose to look for another one whose "so" perfect for the position not knowing that there is no such one. nagegets mo ba ung idea coh, mahirap kasi masyado iexplain eh...

Lance said...

At the first glance on the title of your post, I so much thought that you are gonna talk about people who are still young but were already working, et al..but I was wrong. My perception is just basically way beyond it. There's still that 'frustration' thing. (sigh) Well I guess, all I could say is that, people don't really have enough satisfaction.
so goes the song, "I can get no, satisfaction" or britney's "Gimme, gimme, gimme, more more more" LOL!

Keep it cool..
Lance


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