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Overqualified

October 22, 2013

At work today a 17-year-old dropped in her CV as she was looking for a part-time job while at college. My boss opened it up, took one look at her grades and said ‘Overqualified’.

This really gets to me, as if an intelligent person can’t decide, for whatever reason, to get a less challenging job. Surely if a person is applying for a job, it’s up to them to decide whether they are too intelligent to do it or not. All an employer needs to worry about is whether they are intelligent enough. I’m told on a weekly basis that I am too ‘smart’ for my job, but frankly it’s what I want to do at the moment and I’m happy doing it so what on earth do grades or an IQ have to do with it?

There’s plenty of wasted intelligence in the world, what I think is worse is misapplied intelligence. People who use their intelligence to get rubbish T.V shows made, or choose to write compelling articles on how you can ‘go from a size 6 to 00 in just three weeks!’ Really, was this a childhood dream for these people? Maybe it was, I’m not judging, do what you want to do as long as it’s not hurting anyone.

I just wish people would show me the same courtesy and stop using that hateful word!

Overqualified- I room 101 you.

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