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OP-ED: I Want a Job Where I Can Give Back, Because I'm Not Qualified for All the Competitive Jobs


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As I think deeply about myself and how my job may come to define who I am, I know one thing for sure: I want to give back to those less fortunate. I mean, I would be down to sell out and spend the rest of my life completely ignoring them, but jobs like that are all really hard to get. I’m simply not qualified to get any of the jobs where I can shit all over the poor and not even know I’m doing it, so I’ll settle for helping them if it means I can get hired somewhere.

I don’t have any experience in community service of any kind, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to dedicate my life to helping others. It just means my laziness outweighed my deep passion for helping those in need. I definitely feel a sense of guilt about never supporting any kind of cause, and if this job can help alleviate that guilt and also pay me, I’m down to take it (as long as none of the consulting agencies I’ve applied to actually decide to hire me).

I’ve been so privileged to be educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and now I’d like to be given a chance to give back. If you don’t hire me to your non-profit, I will have no choice but to accept an unpaid internship and climb the ladder from there. That sounds like a lot of time and effort though, so I’d really appreciate this unbeatable opportunity to help the world at half the salary my friends are making.