Luck of the Draw

  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago
    Some highly intelligent, educated people are in well, crappy, low wage McJobs while others who are less endowed so to speak are in glamorous, high paid jobs.  It seems that obtaining a good job has more to do with luck, attitude, assertiveness, self-confidence, and/or just plain politicking than educational and/or intelligence level.

    I personally know people with Bachelors, Masters, even Ph.Ds in crappy, low wage jobs while those with high school educations and Associate Degree have the glamorous, high paid jobs.  For example, there was a young man with a Ph.D. in psychology working in a tax agency as a tax representative who reported to a supervisor, senior tax collector, who only had a high school education!   Another person had a Masters Degree in Political Science who worked in a social services agency as a clerk while her supervisor, a high level administrator, had a plain Associates Degree in General Studies. Something is indeed wrong with this scenario in question!  Hmmm, food for thought!

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      A small part of getting the good job is luck, but a much greater one is people skills.  How well can you convince someone to hire you?  How good a salesman you are (in selling yourself) is probably more important that how good a rocket scientist you are.

      Plus, of course, how you work to obtain that interview.  Have you filed 50 resumes or 5,000?

      1. gmwilliams profile image85
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Good answer.   Many people have poor interview skills.  They may have the educational and intellectual acumen but little else.  Obtaining a good job is a job in itself.  A person has to have the STAR power to convince an employer to hire him/her.   Getting a job is equivalent to getting a part in a movie.  If one has the charisma and/or star power, he/she will get the job; however if he/she does not, oh well........NEXT!