Putting my college degree to good use

cropped-benito-hat1.jpgHi! My name’s Peter. I’m 23 years old, and I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Apparently, that means I have no marketable skills to bring to the workforce. I wish someone would have told me about the uselessness of college degrees during orientation. I could have saved my tuition money and spent it on something more fulfilling — like a case of Stella Artois.

Trudging into the workforce with nothing but my determination and a worthless piece of paper, I got a minimum-wage job as a laborer with Benito’s Landscape Service.

Benito is the owner … but given the company’s name, I imagine that’s obvious. He’s an older Italian guy, and the only thing shorter than his height is his temper. His outbursts of profanity are nothing short of eloquent. They have the stirring cadence of a classical composition. (Unless, of course, you’re on the receiving end; then, they’re downright brutal.)

I’m on a crew of five. We drive around in a truck with a trailer attached and keep up yards all day.

Being the newest member, I’m often tasked with weed-pulling and flower-trimming. Benito says if I don’t confuse the two (and being inexperienced, that’s a distinct possibility), I might advance someday to pushing a mower.

My boss is Crew Leader Carl. He has four employees — the same number as his teeth.

Being the boss, he gets to drive the truck, as well as the ride-on mower. He refuses to touch shovels or pruners, though. He says they’re tools for laborers, and not for someone of such a prominent stature as himself.

This blog is about my new job and the life lessons I’ll no doubt learn. I hope you’ll follow me as I undertake this exciting new venture. I hope someday to get my green thumb.

Either that, or my pink slip; whichever comes first.

18 thoughts on “Putting my college degree to good use

    1. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

      Well, I never say never. (Unless, of course, it involves me getting a raise.) 🙂

      I think I’ll call this my “material-gathering” stage. There seems to be as much material to gather as lawn clippings.

      Thank you for dropping by!

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      1. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

        It’s funny how life sometimes takes you in a different, totally unexpected direction. I set out to be a type-slinger, but now I’m slinging a shovel. I always said I wanted to dig for the truth — but I didn’t mean it literally! 🙂

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  1. Steph McCoy

    Hi Peter, Welcome to WordPress. I wanted to thank you for coming by my blog and following which allowed me to return the favor. Your sense of humor shines brightly in you “About.” I look forward to reading future updates on you how you progress in the job market. Have a good one! ~Steph

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    1. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

      Thank you, Steph! I appreciate it! It’s a pleasure to follow you and your blog as well. 🙂

      I’ll work to keep the candle of creativity burning. (Which is appropriate, because my boss will be working to keep his cigarette burning, so it all works out.)

      Take care, and thank you for reading!

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    1. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

      Thank you so much for the follow and for your nice comments! I’m looking forward to following your blog as well. 🙂

      I agree — real life provides so much comedic material. I’ve taken to carrying a notebook with me wherever I go, to capture ideas.

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  2. Gail Kaufman

    I’m really enjoying your blog. These stories are incredibly funny. I keep thinking, “How does a college-educated person work in this environment every day?” Then I remember that office life isn’t much better in terms of dealing with people who just don’t get it.

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      1. Gail Kaufman

        Sad, but true. I see it everywhere, my landscaper included. I’m not the type to complain though. I’ve accepted it by lowering my expectations to avoid a perpetual state of frustration.

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      2. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

        I think someone once said that happiness equals real life minus expectations. I still try to remain hopeful that there’s competence out there somewhere … but sadly, it’s getting harder to find than Waldo.

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  3. Sandi

    Let me tell ya, you aren’t the only one. My husband picked the hardest degree he could think of (outside of Chemical Engineering) – Aerospace Engineering, was at UCLA, and did it in 4 years not extended out – busted his butt – just to have the whole space thing go to pot when he graduated in 1990. He was fortunate enough that his dad knew the guy at McDonnell Douglas that got him in as only 1 of the 2 interns…but then there were NO jobs in the industry. Mass lay-offs. He was going for interviews against engineers who had decades of experience! He never got to work on rockets. Eventually, made his way into engineering sales – pumps. But – he likes his job and the company he now works for. SO…just know, this happens and to embrace it as writing material! It’s all about your outlook!

    Sandi

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    1. The Lawn-Cutting Crew Post author

      I couldn’t begin to imagine pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree. My head is spinning just thinking about it. The one math class I took in college was about balancing a checkbook — and even that presented a challenge.

      I always knew I had bad timing, but this is ridiculous! At least a friend talked me out of that horse-and-buggy major I was going for in freshman year. 🙂

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