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Mixed Up Priorities of College Students

Pro tip number one. If you sear the ends of the flowers in a frying pan, your arrangement will last a lot longer. Pro tip number two. Never turn down a job because they do not allow you to use Facebook or other social media. Think I’m joking? People actually do that. It would seem our generation has different priorities than they should. With the amount of influence we have put on social media, it almost seems like a parasite we cannot live without. For whatever reason, life without Facebook and Twitter is something we cannot fathom- even though most of us were around long before the internet was a thing. I remember when AOL used to be subscription base and it was a privilege to access the internet. #nostalgia.

Check out this infographic from Cisco.

To recap this section: Over half of college students will TURN DOWN a job because the company does not allow room for a social media policy. Even more so, the infographic goes on to reveal a growing trend among college students, graduates and young professionals that indicates a preference to social media freedom, device choice and the right to be remote- working from home- over salary. In this job market, can people really afford to be that picky? I hope those of you who are reading this are not one of those people who would rather troll Facebook all day than gain a steady income. Remember what I said in an earlier post? Working pays the bills and not Facebook- unless of course your job is to spam your friends with marketing material.

As a member of this generation, I implore we take a second look at our priorities. Look over the rest of the graphic or read the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report and you will see that these findings only enforce the already popular notion that we are the generation of “want and deserve” rather than earn. Don’t give political pundits another campaign stool to step on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media and the potential it offers. I am all for progress in the application and usage of technology. But a line has to be drawn somewhere. I would rather give up Facebook and Twitter if it means holding down a job that pays good money. If that is something you just cannot do, then make it difficult for people find you on the internet. Change your name and information on the account and simply stay off it until after work. Look at me, telling you to circumnavigate the rules. Be reasonable people. Job/money/benefits > Facebook. Fact of life.

Since I am in a generous mood, pro tip number three: respect your roommates. They know where you sleep.

Questions? Ideas or suggestions? Follow me on twitter @ChrisComella or email me at ccomella@sparkhire.com

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Christopher Comella

Christopher earned his BA in Political Science from DePaul University in 2011, and is no stranger to writing and deadlines. One of his greatest assets is to add humor to even the driest of subjects, which is why half of his professors love him and the other half hated his work.