I’m angry right now. Yes, whole wide world, I’m going to admit that. Angry and fired up.
Why? I’ll explain in a minute.
Yesterday I was walking around the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. I was there waiting to pick someone up from an appointment. It was a nice fall day and students, purportedly some of the the best and brightest in the world, walked and wheeled around me. The streets are for the most part clean, the architecture comes from old Europe replicated here. I enjoyed it yet my mind was elsewhere.
The night before I had received an email with a scanned attachment that showed red and a lot of cross outs and scribble. Underneath all of that was the resume I had put together for a business class for a client of mine. My client has been self-employed for the past 10 years after being laid off and has been slowly working their way through classes for a college degree. It has not been easy for them.
The professor, and later another gentleman in career services, took off her self-employment and put her down as a “professional” student. They left them with a 10 year gap. Why? I was yelling at the computer, because in the eyes of these professional academics self-employment is a crime? They took away their databases that she used for classes and that transfer over to the real world and left them with general “database management”. There were a few other things as well, including not giving hard numbers and adding in “fluff” that anyone can add in. Good customer service? Even drug dealers can say that. Show your hard numbers. They took those out and left in the good customer service.
As I walked around Yale I know Yale would never leave their students or graduates with a resume that I was reading. They would have every little specific thing the student has ever done, every computer program, every database, every class, every internship, and they would surely play up the fact that this person is self-sufficient, self-employed, and gets out there and hustles for their living.
I’m still furious thinking about this. I can only imagine how many other students this has happened to over the years and now feel down and out, frustrated, upset, and wonder why they can’t find work. Yale would never do this to their students, why are other schools allowed ot make a mockery of their students’ lives?