Desi in DC

March 9, 2007

Success, Failure and Survival

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 4:52 am

Some one smart once told me, it is as important to celebrate failure, as it is to celebrate success. We did just that today at Swadethai near the Courthouse Metro, a great reasonably priced Thai restaurant in the area.

I am now focusing on coming up with Plans B, C, D and E. I am curious to know what is the reason why so many of the students in this field head back to school. A look at ex graduates from our program suggests that the students prefer to continue on with their education and academic training. After spending 8 months in the market, I’ve realized the market is partially responsible for it. With not enough jobs out there, and where non profits expect students to work for free and continue to add on to their loans, many of these students land up going back to school to look for alternative careers. There are opportunities for experienced peace builders, but very few for fresh out of college ones. I cannot count the number of entry level interviews i’ve taken where I’ve been told “great resume, good interview skills, not enough experience”. Its a “vicious cycle” where you can’t find many paid jobs without experience, and in order to get experience, you just might not get paid, so how are you expected to survive till then. At the most frustrated levels I feel that maybe the elders were right and accounts, and business and CS are the way to go, or then again if you can’t do it yourself, make sure your partner has:)

As a professor very bluntly once said, you’re not going to be making money, someone else in the family better, otherwise you’ll never survive.

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