Reflective Thoughts After Visiting The Job Centre

The Job Centre: A place filled with unemployed who are advised how to get work from people surrounded by unemployed people. A place thats strategy to get people work is to give them a CV template printed on recycled toilet paper, disregarded the fact that some of these unemployed people already have CV’s of which they have found work and interviews with in the past. But "because it doesn’t look like the job centre template, you’re surely doomed to get work." Riddle me this: If you have a large group of people who are out of work and you give them a mandatory system to follow to aid them getting work, and they return to the job centre after a month having made their CV look like every other job centre robot’s and have applied for jobs then surely this mandatory system needs addressing. If it was any other system within a company and the results weren’t positive, that system would be quickly altered or replaced.

So naturally I’ve started this rant on the CV experience. When I showed the fella my CV he said “it looks very good and that it’s obvious that it has taken a lot of effort” and then said (lacking the articulation I have added to make this blog more coherent) “but the profile section is fairly detailed, you should make more effort to highlight your skills and not put any limitations for yourself in there (I have a preference for part time work so that I can spend time developing my own business and life; something that is not a problem. If I can live on those wages it is my right to not work full time.) - you are required to be available full time, 7 days of the week in order to sign on.” I proceeded to explain to him that once I had part time work then I would not be attempting to sign on if that’s what he meant, but he didn’t he meant to imply that I had no choice to seek part time work.

I could see what I was being told. What he was telling me was based on a flawed system, an ignorant paradigm and was not helpful for a job seeker. He was telling me to remove any trace of personality from my profile, he was telling me not to have any preferences or requirements as an employee, he was telling me that because the government system would not allow me to search for part time work, that my CV would have to reflect this.

Seems bizarre to me. If I sign on, find part time work and sign off then we’re all happy. If I sign on, find full time work, realise why I left full time work in the first place again and quit and am forced to sign on again, then nobody is happy.

I explained, I don’t feel like I have an issue with getting work or feel as though I need any advice on getting it. I’m simply here because until I do get that work I’m going to need some income to live. I have no intention of that period being extensive and have confidence I will find work as well as the determination to make it happen on my part. I understand there is a system in place to show that I’m actively trying to find work.

What I didn’t mention for sake of avoiding loss of my allowance was what was really going through my head. “Why is this guy telling me how to be successful when he’s some BO stinking illiterate job centre employee with a good 5 stone of overweight fat, perving over his semi-attractive employee on the next desk over my shoulder? I have said that I have no issues finding work and have yet to show you otherwise, I’m simply here for a humble income to tie me over to getting into my next job. You’ve even told me twice in this conversation you believe I will have no issues in finding work.” 

(I actually felt a bit bad about writing that description of the advisor, he wasn’t too bad a bloke really he had some good sentiments, but I could not help thinking it - even if I felt some remorse afterwards.)

When I told the interviewer I was essentially looking for part time work to keep a steady income whilst I focus on my own business. He shot me down instantly, he ummed and arred and explained to me it’s something that is going to require much effort and at 24 I should really be thinking about something sustainable and not my dream job. When he asked more questions about it and I told him some of the business’s achievements so far, he sat back obviously a little shocked at my answers and began to eat his words.

Naturally this conversation did have me questioning myself, my business plans - why they’re not earning me the income I want and if I was being realistic about this business being worthwhile. But it didn’t take long before I thought again; this is why I have business plans, this is why I have estimate costs and returns, this is why I have predictions of sales, budgeting plans, marketing plans, extensive campaigns, plans for new projects  and products, services, innovation, expansion… Is it just that they’re just plans though? No, I am working through tasks and accomplishing more every day. This is a business in a competitive and hard industry and I always knew there’d be gaps whereby profit wouldn’t be being made and am aware that the more the business grows the faster it will start to grow more.

 Tough times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert H. Schuller

We live in a culture with numbed minds riddled with the belief that all effort will equal failure, and that failure equals the end. We are surrounded by systems that also try to enforce this belief onto us. Fortunately I know differently and will never be misguided from my persistence to succeed. 

I have read many books and heard words by successful people which all show patterns and offer advice which completely contradicts what this centre who’s-so-claimed-aim is to get people into work. I will always trust successful people over those who are paid to advise how to be successful.

I just wrote this instead of editing my CV. #Shit

Commercial Vs. Underground - On Trying To Combine The Two

A friend recently contacted me asking my opinion on a music group she’d come into contact with who were going to be appearing on her radio show. [I won’t name drop because I haven’t asked permission for either parties for this blog!] She felt something may have been missing from their music and wanted to know what I thought. I listened to a rehearsal of one of their tracks to be honest actually expecting to be disappointed. It turns out it was quite the opposite, I was impressed! The vocalist was very good; upfront, in tune and radiating confidence. The MC’s in the group were decent too, reminiscent of my school days listening to UK Hip Hop (the likes of Skinnyman & Doc Brown). Even the beat was not shit… They’d gone for a sort of hybrid between UK Hip Hop & Dubstep.

Underground vs commercial. This argument often needs putting into perspective and I thought I should add some of my opinions on it.

She was right, something was missing and I believe it was something I notice a lot about collaborative underground music which is vocal-driven.
The group obviously had intention of appealing to a mass audience. I’m placing this judgement on the basis that I can imagine the two MC’s either producing or asking their producer to make something like UK Hip Hop from the 2003-07 era but give it a modern twist people listening to urban music now would appreciate, i.e. Dubstep. They then would have approached their very talented vocalist and explained the situation and she would have been very excited with the concept of this new hybrid idea. 

Here’s where some of my theories on commercial manufactured music & the conflicting underground music scene come into play. 

There’s two ways of approaching music as an artist. You can either manufacture it to appeal to the masses by being very focused on the current trends and musical fashions and adapting your art to that, or (as is the case with the majority of the music I love) you can make it to appeal to niche audiences or sometimes nobody at all & work your damned arse off trying to build a big enough scene around this music for it to break into the mainstream (this is how all EDM music in the UK has come to be popular).

Notice that I’m not slating either of these choices, good music can come out of both methods - problems only start arising when there is no soul in the music and it’s only made for the sake of business. 

Back to the point at hand. Commercial music has to be a particular clean sound following the musical trends of the current market, underground is more raw and experimental, taboo or unpopular. Both can contain emotion and soul but the clear differences are the intention to reach the mass market of pop trends or not.. Mix the two together and you either sound like a commercially directed artist who sounds slightly amateur or an underground artist trying to sell out. 

Either be underground and learn how to make your own business from your niche market, or be commercial and do less ‘hands-on’ work whilst focusing more on being a star whilst the professionals handle your business for you. 


A Mundane Rant About Women.
The love game to many women works like the concept of marketing. A product [or fella] is judged on the basis of how popular it already is, or will become more popular if it has already been owned by somebody with more social status. This may be the reason there is such an abundance of girls appearing stupid by dating men who have already let down numerous amounts of other girls.
I’ve read other explanations for the same issues such as the excitement of the chase and the need for the feel of achievement when a ‘player’ finally falls in love with them & doesn’t want to go with other girls anymore… Personally, I’d rather blame the commercial industries capitalising on independent woman figures & marketing them in a way that makes women value material objects & happiness loneliness by manufacturing music like ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper or the whole Beyonce thing. 
Brainwashing seems to have numbed romance, but it should be strong enough to pull through.

A Mundane Rant About Women.

The love game to many women works like the concept of marketing. A product [or fella] is judged on the basis of how popular it already is, or will become more popular if it has already been owned by somebody with more social status. This may be the reason there is such an abundance of girls appearing stupid by dating men who have already let down numerous amounts of other girls.

I’ve read other explanations for the same issues such as the excitement of the chase and the need for the feel of achievement when a ‘player’ finally falls in love with them & doesn’t want to go with other girls anymore… Personally, I’d rather blame the commercial industries capitalising on independent woman figures & marketing them in a way that makes women value material objects & happiness loneliness by manufacturing music like ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper or the whole Beyonce thing. 

Brainwashing seems to have numbed romance, but it should be strong enough to pull through.