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This morning while sipping coffee at home I opened up the New York Times and came across a story on Berry sisters (Katie and Kristy) who are having a hard time finding a job in New York City.  (Actually I should state they are looking to begin their career’s)

So, you ask?

That’s what I said.

I read the story a bit further and found out that the sisters are from Columbus, Ohio, are 24 years old and both graduated from Rutgers University.

Again, you ask, so?

Yeah, Yeah, I know, I know; I’m with ya!

Like you, I can’t believe the Times would waste time and space on this subject.  There are thousands of people in New York city UNEMPLOYED.  There are thousands working jobs making minimum wage.

We can all agree that the country is going through tough economical times as we speak and the unemployment rate is at an all-time high in some States across our nation.  But give me a break with these twins from Ohio.

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I’m sure they are very nice, educated, young ladies but to write a story about them? (But you know what, with this piece, someone will see it and I bet they will get something soon or maybe their own reality show.  Heck, the Kardashians have a reality show and they have ‘zero’ to offer)

My late mother Carol worked her ass off raising three kids by herself.  She worked 3 jobs at once for a long time…she barely slept, all she cared about was putting us through school, paying the rent and putting food on our table.  All this with an 8th grade education. A newspaper never did a story on her.

Click here for the piece in the Times and tell me what you think.  Here’s a small item from the full page article.

Good kids who went to good schools, the brassy, effervescent Barry twins, 24, always envisioned their young adulthood in New York City as a lush time of stimulating work, picturesque travel and a rich social orbit. But they graduated into a downbeat nightmare of a job market. According to an analysis of government data by the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for college graduates under 27 so far this year averaged 7.1 percent, nearly double what it was in 2007 and the highest yearly average in the 30 years this data point has been tracked.

And so Kristy and Katie and most of their friends are forever hunting for jobs, both mundane interim work to sustain them and long-term positions that could mean a career. Many days, it is as if they are stalking something on the endangered species list.

I wish the twins all the luck in the world in finding a job they enjoy and I hope they make enough money to live in New York City. They need to keep at it, no matter how many rejections they encounter. Successful people know they must create their own opportunities and be ready for them when they arrive.

I thought it was interesting that the twins like to jump in a coffee shop to get on their laptops and surf the net.  My first step would be to apply for a gig as a Barista there and see where that takes them.

One twin in the story mentioned she wanted to hire a ‘Life Coach‘ to tell her what she was doing wrong.  She’s probably doing all the right things but I’m not sure if someone told her, “kid, it ain’t easy…”

-Steve

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