Catch-22 aka the world of work

So far, my full-time work experience has been a mixed bag. While I’m not against capitalism, I can understand where Karl Marx was coming from. Allow me to explain. As a young man, I watched the movie “Cocktail” in the nineties, and the film’s protagonist, Brian Flanagan, was able to land a dozen or more job interviews in a day and was verbally rejected from every blue-collar job he interviewed for. This unrealistic portrayal of the job market shattered my childhood expectations, and over the past 20 years of working, I’ve had to come to terms with the reality of the job market.

🔔 Tangent alert 🚨 A little bit about my childhood obsession with Hollywood work depictions

This is a poster for the film Cocktail. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the item promoted, Buena Vista Pictures, the publisher of the item promoted or the graphic artist.

In the 1988 film ‘Cocktail’ featuring Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan, the film’s cocksure protagonist gets through no less than a dozen job interviews (closer to 18) in one day! according to the linear narrative of the movie anyway.

Jumping around Manhatten like some kind of bike courier delivering uber eats burgers, Brian proceeds to be verbally rejected from every single blue-collar gig he gets through the door to interview for.

Even in the boom-bust era that was the eighties, this was at best delusional; in terms of the time and effort it would have actually taken to undertake such a pursuit.

The opportunity pursuing Flanagan wouldn’t have been able to…

a) Apply for all these jobs, between ending a stint in the military and travelling to NYC

b) Get to meet the hiring managers face to face.

c) Physically scheduled and made it to each interview geographically.

This week I was relieved to discover the “Real Works” job assistance portal, which is Falmouth University’s employability service that provides a framework to navigate the job market and align our personal brands with our aspirations. This weeks module named “The Art of the Approach,” guides students in finding the right employer and job role based on their skills.

This weeks module has asked us to look at things such as our personal brands and to align this with our aspirations for the future.

Of course I could work in TGI Fridays in Manhattan and allow a wealthy life partner to whisk me into the American dream minus the working life bit..but wait.. that’s not real, and I am not Tom Cruise; I am Jordan Matthew Searle an aspiring User Experience designer looking for work imminently (can and will travel to Manhatten, NYC)