Graduates, careful in your protests

It is the job of parents to prepare their children to enter the adult world as knowledgeable and responsible adults. College should be the interim between living at home and entering the world with the knowledge and skills to launch into a position with the potential of upward mobility and compensation that exceeds expenses.

To those of you who have been marching around with placards, yelling at pedestrians and passing cars, who are obsessed with political correctness, who long to live their lives in “safe spaces,” whose feelings are bruised and battered by a cross word, here’s some advice to you – Give it Up!

Receiving a medal (not because you did an outstanding job, but just for showing up), over-pampered childhood, safe zones, tantrums and crying when things don’t go your way – it’s all in the past. Get a grip. What do you think life will be like when you are “out there” — in the real world — working for the manager who is in control of your future. They don’t give a rat’s petute about your hurt feelings. They may or may not listen to your feeble excuses. They WILL listen to your co-workers’ complaints about you. So, you either buck up and do the job or you are out of there – and with no hope of a glowing recommendation.

Immediately following your exit interview, your first stop will no doubt be social media where you will complain about the insensitivity of your superior, how competent you were and that they obviously didn’t know the first thing about soothing employee’s crushed feelings by providing soft plushy furry bunny rabbits for you to rub their ears to give you the courage to carry on. Oh no. They want that financial report that has been assigned to you completed and on their desk for a five o’clock annual investor’s meeting. OR ELSE!!

Remember this — businesses (those are the people that you want to hire you) keep on top of social media. Your comments will follow you to the end of your days and will be taken into consideration by potential employers. The best advice to you, which you should have learned in college. is to SUCK IT UP, DEAL and GROW UP. It can often be slit-throat competition out there. It’s not the job of your employer to teach you what you should have learned from your parents and college.

The job is to see that the employee (you) does his in order to make the company a success in order to make the investors even more successful. Got the picture?

So, get a jump on the whole thing by becoming an adult. Ditch the poor-me attitude and present as a professional. That will serve you well.

Lyn McVicar is a free-lance journalist and resident of Fredonia and Hilton Head, S.C.

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