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When the going gets tough, the tough kick ass. January 27, 2008

Posted by Teen Atheist in anecdotes, career, school.
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On the heels of my semi-rejection (the “Uh, we’ll think about it” kind) from Dream College, I blew a lot of money on clothes and shoes. Totaling the receipts post-retail therapy brought me to the conclusion that I needed to get a job.

The following day, I checked out the classifieds and some online listings to see if anybody needed an articulate, computer-literate, bratty teenager with an exceptional typing speed. It turns out, we’re actually in high demand (minus the “bratty teenager” part), especially in this country. In a week, I got a phone call from an outsourcing agency, asking if I could drop by the following day.

I was made to take a few IQ and reading comprehension tests, and a typing test. After being informed that I did well on all of them, and then being coached on how to conduct myself during interviews, the administrator told me that I would be sent for an interview at another company the next day. When he mentioned the company name, though, I dropped a brick. This was an international, Forbes-list-worthy fucking corporation, and they’re sending some kid to apply?

So I did it anyway, because of course I wanted to work there, despite being a lowly Dream College reject. I put on my best idea of “corporate attire,” took a taxi to their pretty, pretty office and got interviewed by three different HR bigwigs (one of whom was adorable in a nebbish, Adam Brody kind of way).

And I got the job*.


It’s a full-time thing, so I will probably have to postpone my studies another year or two. Which I’m totally cool with, natch! College can wait; I have a feeling I’ll be learning much more through this experience, anyway.

Between this and skipping my fourth year of high school, I’m so far off the normal path for fresh high school graduates that I’m in a different continent entirely. I’ve always been one to march to the beat of my own drum, though, so this is nothing particularly new.



*I can’t disclose the nature of the job or the company, for obvious reasons, but it does involve dealing with a lot of cranky and stupid people! Don’t worry, though, I can totally handle it. I’ve been living with cranky and stupid people my whole life. ;P



1. earendur829 - January 27, 2008

Hey, it’s me again. xD

The fellow countryman guy who ranted and apologized for it 😛
Zero rants this time. Anyway, you should watch this. It might give you a new perspective of some sort.


2. selittle - January 27, 2008

Crank and Stupid people…does this mean you are working with some fundamentalist christian company????

3. Teen Atheist - January 28, 2008

Earendur: Hey hey, no need to apologize. 90% of this blog is pure ranting (the other 10% is pretentious vacillation). 😛

4. Teen Atheist - January 28, 2008

Selittle: Over my dead body. 😛 I’d rather hurl myself into a flaming pit than work at a place like that!

5. micketymoc - January 28, 2008

What do you do? Write? Talk to people? If it’s the latter, maybe there’s this backtrack you can play while you’re talking so that the other guy on the line will get turned on to Satanism, or believe Paul is dead, or something. Joe bless!

6. Genevieve - January 28, 2008

Woo, congratulations! 🙂

You could become one of those awesome old women who wear really brightly coloured clothes and say things like “College? College? I went to the College of Life, meladdie” and then downs a glass of whisky.

Or not. But y’know, either way, well done.

7. Teen Atheist - January 28, 2008

Micketymoc: You lose points for asking me what my job is after I explicitly mentioned that I “can’t disclose the nature of my job,” although you win back a few for the “Paul is dead” reference. 😀

8. Teen Atheist - January 28, 2008

Genevieve: Oh, my. I have no plans of growing old, although if I do, I’d probably be selfish, hedonistic and decadent, quite like the Holland Taylor character in Two and a Half Men. Or the Joanna Cassidy character in Six Feet Under. 😛

9. pericles - January 29, 2008

Well done and all the best in your first job. It’ll be a great experience. Too bad you cannot comment on the happenings of your job in this blog.

10. Teen Atheist - January 29, 2008

I’ll try to share as much as I can without giving away too much, Pericles. 🙂

11. micketymoc - January 29, 2008

RE #8: Or, if I may suggest, Patsy on Ab Fab! What’s the point of being old if you’re going to spend it sober? 😀

12. atheistgirl - January 30, 2008

Good for you. I know people who would’ve just sat around and done nothing with themselves until next year.

13. Karen - January 30, 2008

Well done, indeed. Do remember that the most important thing you learn on your first job is what you don’t want to do on your next job. 🙂

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