as long as you’re with me and agree that we’ll try to ignore the questions as to why i’m not getting a job, i can make nice and tell you about a workshop on ‘getting a job’ that i went to on friday. (wooo it’s a long time… the days in between were kind of taken with how annoyingly cold it was all of a sudden. but now it’s better again. humph.) so, the workshop. i need to emphasize that i’m not trying to be sarcastic here. it may sound sarcastic because that is my angle on this kind of things…but i have realized they are at least as real as my ~things, so yeah.
the workshop, and a bunch of follow-ups to it, is held by a non-profit organization that aims to help young people get jobs. i don’t mean dishwashing jobs, although i could use a little help with that too. the most used word of the day was – any guesses? – ‘networking’. to the extent that i turned to the girl sitting next to me and told her „let’s network at the break”,which we then kind of did.
she’s looking for a job teaching english (unlike me, she’s very convinced that that is what she’s looking for. great.) and wants to learn french, which is why she picked montreal. i like people who think like that. so we’re going to go to french classes…i dunno if together, because i’m changing freaking arondissements next week. but still. and this girl taught english for 4 years in korea before. i mean she’s good.
and she brought her current korean roommate along. which, i cannot logically explain how after the workshop i ended up going ‘shopping’ with said korean roommate , who wanteed to buy a bag. it was weird but fun. so, again illogically, because it happened to be friday night, we ended up in a pub on crescent street with a group comprising korean girl’s korean-speaking-montrealais-buddy and…a romanian guy. so i ended up speaking romanian most of the night, with surprising and probably very loud abandon. at one point it must have occurred to me that i was kinda doing networking.
but i was doing it ass-backwards, and aimlessly, which at some points bothers me and at other points not. returning to ‘leverage’, the definition of which i still don’t exactly grasp…the second-most used word in the workshop. („it’s a buzzword right now”, the facilitator told us.) it simply means selling your potential. and in the end, the potential that i’ve got is all about being uncontrolled and charming at-first-sight once in a blue moon, and telling people stuff about a pretty limited range of things (i guess) that i’m counting they haven’t heard of before. maybe? who knows? and then something happens because of that. not always, but sometimes.