It has always been frustrating to me that most people who are in their early twenties immediately think that they need to go into the highest paying jobs, with the most benefits. That it is a general consensus that these are the jobs that will make your parents proud and make you a good person to bring home to the family to significant others. More importantly that this is blindly the decision people make, it is seldom that people even truly look at the pros and cons of choosing a different path.

This poster is aimed to reach and enact inward thought for college students, and people who are looking at beginning their leap toward starting a career. I think its important for people in that age range to think consciously and extensively about the choices they make regarding jobs before closing their minds off to wanting to be in the tech industry. People should look at other options, especially in progressive cities like San Francisco were there is an abundance of other options.

The main message being portrayed here is that social issues like homelessness, poverty, clean water availability, and proper food availability, are going to only be changed by the next generation about to begin careers. Also that it is up to us 20 year olds to look at our paths in life and decide if we want to make and promote positive growth in our world. The Implied message is that working in the Non-profit sector will bring growth and working a 9 to 5 job will simply perpetuate the problems through inaction and direct exploitation. I reached the overt message through the text in the center, and drew attention to it with placement, color, and size. The implied message I reached through the photographs and a bit on the text, I used black and white photos and photos that are specifically drastic to appeal to the empathy of the viewer.

Each of the photos deals with issues that are targeted largely by non-profits and issues that are obviously not noted by large companies like Google, Yahoo, etc. The implied message is reached mainly through the last photo, and the photo of hands with food in them; they are providing the solution as well as addressing problems. The first is providing a statement to literally fill up someone’s cup because there are many people who don’t have access to drinkable water, and to metaphorically do so by helping and benefiting the lives of others through your career. I wanted to keep the photos universal enough where we are able to identify with them and relatively attach our understanding to them, so I didn’t add any photos with super specified social issues. I made them black and white also to enhance the text, as it is the obvious point.

I wanted to keep the add from being cheesy because often times I find that immediately detracts from the point getting across, and makes it so that I am less likely to read too far into the context. I wanted to do that by keeping it simple but also avoiding the college student with books and question marks, I wanted to pose a realistic reason why people should think of going into Non-profit jobs. I wanted to achieve this without making it look unattractive or overly gruesome, and that is why I chose photos that are more sensitive, but still having them touching enough to evoke empathy and the desire to help. This goes for both the homeless man and the decrepit house, especially in San Francisco we all see homelessness every day, whether it is a middle-aged person or a youth we can all relate to seeing this in the public. It is something we often don’t address because it’s upsetting and I placed his photo at the top to signify that he is not below you because he is the one seeking help. People should want to go into social work to make a difference not to feel power over people with less, I wanted his eyes to make that statement and also to give the sense that someone is ‘watching you. This makes the viewer slightly uncomfortable and makes them address the problem and question their choices for a career path. I added a hash tag to the text, not only to make it relatable for people of this generation, but also as a simple way to have the implied message reiterated. To bring attention that this isn’t just saying go out and volunteers but consider a job and career that is beneficial.





Where to go?


In the debate of what someone who is deciding on a career path should pursue after college it’s easy to be torn between the two choices because they both have valid benefits. In my previous posts I considered the strongest reasons in which each of these paths. A job with a philanthropic background makes for a more fulfilling and satisfying career that makes positive and lasting effects on the employees and community.

Although it has become overwhelmingly normal for people who are faced with the decision of a career path to feel the need to work for a large profitable company because of societal norms and the high cost of living especially in metropolitan areas, it should not be the only path they consider. These tech jobs are not the jobs that are beneficial outside of financially and materially helping the employee. These jobs do not make the same valuable and lasting impression on peoples lives that Non profit organizations and employees are able to make every day. Choosing a path where they work with helping others and work primarily to better the lives of others are rewarded in more important ways than with material expenditures like those at large companies.

With a job where you’re working on help build up other people, you’re surrounding yourself with positive people and emotions, brining fulfillment and gratitude to your life. This fulfillment that you receive from your job and what you do will keep you from being stuck in the dead end feeling of a 9 to 5 job, being very connected with your job and enjoying the things you learn and feel from doing it will bring positivity to your life. Being able to peruse your passion of helping others and watching the progress of your work making a beneficial difference on peoples lives will be far more humbling and rewarding than working strictly to raise profit or a corporation. In one article by Joan Garry she expresses that this positivity and emphasis on helping others that is engraved in philanthropic work “should be contagious. We should be spreading it around.” This thought that it should be a movement, to take this step and work in a field that will make a difference, and “repair the world” as she calls it is exactly what students should be considering, that they can extend their existence past a vessel to generate income and be part of positive change in the world.

As a college student myself I extend this information in hopes to show people that choosing to work with people, choosing to make a difference, will bring you the most from the world of employment after obtaining a degree. Non Profit work is substantially more personally rewarding and valuable to society than a desk job at Google where progress only lies in profit, and excitement ends at a new bean bag chair. Non profit organizations are responsible for so much beneficial growth in our world, also in choosing this path there is nothing to lose, if you decide later to change your path you can do so knowing your previous work was able to extend aid and humility to others. Provided this, people faced with this choice should consider going against what they often told to do in order to positively enact change in the world and reap the benefits of a fullling job.

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Philanthropic work after College

In college it is presented to us that we have a choice to make regarding our career, we can either work a 9 to 5 job that pays high, gives good benefits, and is part of the ever growing capitalist machine in America. Or follow what we consider to be a job that will impact the community, world, or people around us in a beneficial way. The latter often lies in the non profit sector, which engages jobs that are hugely self fulfilling and give back to the community, they spread generosity and work to enact positive change which in turn brings non tangible but very real rewards to the employees.

It is all too often that you hear people complain about their 9 to 5 job lacking excitement and variety, these jobs are aimed solely to generate profit which brings little reward to the employees other than some material perks. Being able know that your job is making a difference every day in the lives of other people not only encourages you to go to your job every day but these charitable acts are known to “provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment” according to an article by Melinda Smith. According to a study by Forbes over 50% of Americans are unhappy at work, this doesn’t come as surprising because of how many people work for companies that are only focused on profit. Non Profit work only accounts for 9.2 % of the work force according to the NCCS, and although they are not aimed at generating income they are able to provide good wages for their employees but more importantly they make great changes every day.

Non-profits provide for a range of different issues, some very large ones like Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity are able to reach tons of people within America and beyond to help people who are without food and shelter. Habitat for humanity explains they have build more than 1 million homes since 1976 and have reached more than 5 million people worldwide. As these jobs are able to execute notable change, being part of this positive effort will spread the positive energy into all areas of your life. Being proud that your job is making a substantial difference and being happy going to it every day with that in mind is more rewarding in life than a higher paycheck.

If more people were to consider and take this path, faster and more noticeable changes would occur where our society needs them most, as a society we need humility more than we need a new Iphone. Having this mentality and being able to explore careers beyond a 9 to 5 job can make your daily work grind more fulfilling and as an employee you can reap benefits that will follow you outside of work.hands_earth

Tech Boom Or Social Work?

As an alternative to the path of working in the sector of philanthropy in modern America, a lot of people choose the path of working for a large corporation or tech operation, these jobs are generally more reliable and better paying. The benefits that come with choosing this path and the perks of making more money can be seen very prominently in the city of San Francisco, especially in the tech industry. These companies have high employee satisfaction ratings from their employment perks and high pay, which often makes these jobs more desirable than social work.

Photo from Decosee.com of Google Employee, enjoying time in the office.
Photo from Decosee.com
of Google Employee, enjoying time in the office.

As the tech industry has been booming in Silicon Valley and more and more people go to work for companies like Google, Facebook, or Microsoft they have been able to provide their employees with high-income jobs with lots of perks. This option has become increasingly popular as the price of living is skyrocketing. According to payscale, the median income of an experienced employee at yahoo is 119,000, which is impressive compared to the average salary of a non-profit worker being just below 50,000. Being paid well is also only one of the ways the tech industry keeps its employees happy and taken care of. Google is known for going the extra mile to make the employees experience a positive one according to an article on Business Insider by Mariana Simoes, one employee at Google said she takes full advantage of the free Goggle shuttle that takes her to work and free meals throughout the day.

These perks don’t just reach the employees either in an article by Forbes when an Employee dies,” In addition to a 10-year pay package at 50 percent of the salary, surviving spouses will see all stocks vested immediately and any children will receive a $1,000 monthly payment from the company until they reach the age of 19 (or 23 if the child is a full-time student)”. Making this job appealing to the employee as a long-term position that is beneficial for them and their whole family. Yahoo also gives benefits that last outside of the office according to the same business insider article “Yahoo reimburses its employees up to $5,000 dollars to offset eligible adoption expenses. Intel offers scholarships, free tutoring services to children of employees, and $50,000 for workers getting their MBAs.” These perks benefit both sides of the company too, not only do the employees and families gain security, but the companies are able to maintain happy and productive employees and there have been noted increases in employment satisfaction from this, along with a decrease in quitting rates.

Being able to extend the wealth that these tech giants are accumulating on to their employees ensures that the employees can live healthy happy lives with financial security. The perks that are offered inside and outside of the office are enough to explain why these companies are attracting so many new employees and growing, it also proves as a huge reason to chose this path instead of working in social work or at a non-profit organization.

Fight club and capitalism

There are many movies and novels that imply social and economic commentary but one very popular source is the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.   The novel explains the exploitation of capitalism and dives into the mental and social reprocussions of a capitalist ideology. The main character becomes unhappy with his life and develops insomnia; the doctors dismiss the issue relatively quickly before he develops multiple personality disorder. In the book it demonstrates the concept of the social injustice that capitalism imposes on a society.

The book and movie articulate these concepts very easily and providing a tangible and manageable concept of it by saying “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” This is an explanation of the Eurocentric, neo-liberlal consumer based capitalist driven society. Commenting on the idea that the things that we cherish and worship so much in life that are physical and material, will bring us no benefit, no freedom, and no self worth. We are being oppressed by the desire to own things and be wealthy and this will remain until we let go of our material possessions. In one analysis of Fight Club by Eduardo Lizardo he makes the comment that it can be seen as a “poignant allegory of the cultural and social contradictions brought about by the capitalist socio-economic system [emphasis in the original] in late modernity” so to say that it is representative of the modern form of exploitive and oppressive capitalism we live in, later on he mentions “consumption is tethered to the mass produced system of commodities (where everything is a „copy of a copy‟), the desire behind the consumption act is bound to remain permanently unfulfilled” referring to the impossibility of ever reaching satisfaction in a society like this.

This can be tethered to mental illness in fight club as you can see the unrest amongst the characters about never being able to reach this so called goal we are promised and have promised ourselves we can obtain because we live in such a wealthy and plentiful country. The movie notes a concept called “post modern decentralization” according to an article by Jonas Van de Poel, this concept is a social experience that stretches to encompass the idea that because we live in a society that pushes us to buy we have essentially commoditized existence have separated ourselves from what it means to experience life. It is an experience and a reality that has become reality; it is a condition that has affected everyone.

The movie provides insight into how this social experience deeply challenges the opportunity for happiness; the main character suffers from an array of illnesses that have a center point based on his consumerist surroundings. Some people even look at consumerism as its own form of mental illness. This life experience gives little room to get out of the grasp of cooperate America, we are sucked into the life.