The Catch-22

catch22-finaledit-1The original Catch-22 came from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22. A squadron of airmen were assigned a dangerous mission and the only way out is to declare your own insanity and therefore be unfit for the mission. Catch-22 was a rule that stated any airmen fearing a dangerous mission is being rational and therefore not insane. This paradox left the squadron with no choice but continue on to a journal they know they might not return.

Since then the phrase catch-22 has caught on with the public to mean a set of contradicting rules that leave you helpless.

The phrase quickly went on to describing the situation where one cannot get a job due to lack of experience, but cannot get experience due to lack of a job.

Escaping the catch-22 has become a diesease that plagues a great deal of students and graduates, keeping them up late at night. I’ve definitely struggled with this issue and it’s not the first time an interviewer has pointed out that they are looking for “someone with more experience.”

We all hear about that one kid who started a company at 15 or found a better way to degrade plastics. It’s quite impossible to the average person to achieve that much, but I was inspired to try do something to stop getting caught by catch-22.

This time I’m setting up a website as my personal portfolio. I will be putting up some of the programs I designed for classes. It may not be the best or most relevent experience, but it’s at least something that can demonstrate your ability to work to potential employers.

If there really isn’t anything to use as experience, it’s not too late to try to start something on your own! I read somewhere employers look favourably on attempts at success as a sign of determination and motivation.

If you are having trouble, remember you are not alone in this. Come check out the Career Planning Services and the plentiful resources offered!



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