Posted by: midwestgirl2eastcoastaddress | November 1, 2009

Working hard? Or hardly working?

I’ll admit there are days where life on the East Coast seems much more hectic than days back in the Midwest.  As a full time employee and Georgetown student, I often think about how nice it would be to some day (wherever I reside) to have someone help out with some tasks around the house/apartment and such.  As busy as I think I am sometimes, I just can’t justify hiring someone at this point in my life.

I started reconsidering my dream after reading a recent job posting highlighted on the Vox Populi, a blog written by the staff of the Georgetown Voice.  If this Georgetown underclassman needs help, so do I!

Check out the highlights of this job posting from the Georgetown Student Employment website:

I am a Georgetown undergrad student and part time employee in the financial services industry. I am looking for someone to take care some of my everyday tasks for 1 hr a day, 5 hrs/ week, $12/hr. I live on campus which would make things very easy convenient for a Georgetown student. The normal pay per week will be $60 ($300/month), even though on occasion it will be possible to work additional hours and/or receive bonuses at my discretion.

As my PA you will receive an email once a day by 9:00 am with a task list for that day and a time estimate for each task. Important tasks will be bolded on the list and must be done that day (even though everything on the list should theoretically be finished on a daily basis) …

PA example tasks -Organize closet -make bed -Drop off / pick up dry cleaning -Drop me off / pick me up from work -Do laundry -Fill up gas tank -bring car for servicing -schedule appointment for haircut -Pay parking tickets -manage electronic accounts -shopping and running errands -other random tasks.

Tasks such as doing laundry that involve a lot of waiting around (time when you could be doing other tasks or doing your own stuff) will be counted for the approximate amount of time it would take to do the labor involved.  For instance, laundry will be counted for half an hour even though a laundry cycle takes 1.5 hrs to complete.

Here’s what is wrong with this situation:

  • Undergraduate student with only part-time work commitments already needs help managing regular day-to-day tasks.  Look out future employers.  This potential job candidate is not a multi-tasker!
  • If one of the daily “to-do” items is driving this person to work, that alone can take over an hour a day with D.C. traffic.  No time for other tasks.  I guess this poor employee won’t be getting a “bonus” those days.
  • Manage electronic accounts?  This person is a target for identity theft if they are giving out their bank info to a perfect stranger – pardon me, their “employee.”
  • This person just got passed the age of doing his parents’ chores.  Now they have someone doing theirs?
  • Being paid for only 30 minutes if an entire laundry load takes over an hour?  $12 per hour is not enough to put up with this (you fill in the blank)!

If that isn’t bad enough, more Georgetown undergrads are hiring their own personal assistants, project managers, whatever.  What has life come to?

Mark my words. My kids’ college allowance will not be footing the bill for their own personal assistant to help them get through life.  That is what college is for!




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