Round II of Fun Fact Friday is here, with a book review spun in there (I tried!):
In real life I work in Human Resources…
and my name is not Linda!
And, I don’t sigh when saying “Monday’s” because its a start of a brand new week…like pressing a redo button! But, I certainly do cheer “Hey, it’s Friday!” 😉
I actually didn’t start my career in Human Resources, I was in sales for 5 years before venturing to the corporate HR world. How I managed 5 years in sales is an accomplishment for me: it certainly helped me develop people skills that would be critical to my career.
In the summer of 2014, I felt compelled to continue learning all I could outside my job so I headed back to grad school and enrolled in the Rutgers Masters in Labor Studies and Employment Relations program. I came to realize I actually liked school when the subject matter at hand was something I was passionate about (took me long enough!). I am glad I waited to go back to grad school later on in my career, as the hands-on experience definitely helped me look at my studies a bit differently. There I go rambling again…sorry, back on the book track now:
For one of my classes I had to read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. What an eye opening read for anyone – not just an HR professional.
5 disco balls
1st Published: January 1, 2001 by Metropolitan Bks./Henry Holt
LA Times Book Prize for Current Interest in 2001, American Library Association Alex Award in 2002
Barbara is a journalist who goes undercover for a year to write about working and living on a minimum wage in various parts of the country, working various jobs to get by. The idea was to show that it was not often possible to “live the American dream” on a minimum wage job alone. During her time on the road she walks us through the available jobs she applied for and which ones she was offered, where she could live relative to her commute and earnings, and just how skilled she and her colleagues needed to be to work an “unskilled” job.
Over the past decade our minimum wage has not caught up to cost of living adjustments; I appreciate Barbara telling her story in an effort to communicate her experiences for the benefit of the colleagues she had met along the way. She is an advocate of the working class and her book is an insightful read.
I know I had to read it for school and it’s not your standard fiction read, but I promise its not a stale school study type read. You will walk away with a new perspective and appreciation for others after reading this. It was quick too, you can do it!