Occupation Overhaul

It’s a lucky few who get to work the job of their dreams. Many occupations we hold are stepping stones or speed bumps along the path to the job of our dreams. Unfortunately, some may be boring, others tedious, but we’ve all had to deal with them. Certainly, being 21, in college, and working at a local Starbucks is not as glorious as being a movie star or a rock god. Many students of the social arts find themselves in a bind when it comes to letting a girl know what they do for a living, especially if we aren’t where we want to be. If the game is about value then how is it that we can use these types of jobs to our advantage?

Alternately, some students have jobs they love, but don’t know how to describe the value of their jobs to the women they meet. Working in microbiology or computer programming might be exciting to you but to a girl who has studied fashion her whole life, this type of work can seem boring. A social artist must be able to make anything sound interesting and must be able to create an emotional change in the person their interested in. So how is it that we, as social artists, can make these occupations that seem dull to others, fascinate the women who enter into our lives?

1) Know Your Goals
Know your goals inside and out. Get a piece of paper out and write down what job you’d like to be doing. Next write down three feelings you’d have if you made it. If you’ve already met your goal for employment, then write down how it felt when you met that goal.

Example: If I wanted to become a rock star it would make me feel accomplished and unique, as well as giving me a sense of freedom.

2) Examine your Accomplishments
Take a look at what you’ve accomplished thus far on the road to your dream job (or in the case of the guy who already has his dream job) this is where you expand upon what it took to get there.

Example: If I was a brain surgeon I might write: Finished high school at 17, went to Harvard, interned at local hospital, finished med school, etc.

3) Add Some Detail
This is where you figure out what ironic moments in your life will prove to other people that fate is handing them or has handed them this job. This is the part in a movie where the kid who grows up to be a rockstar is given a toy microphone as a child. Its okay to embellish a little on this one since it will be only for story telling purposes.

Example: If I were going to school to become an engineer, I might say that when I was a child my parents gave me blocks to play with and I was always getting yelled at to stop playing with them. Then, later on with my first Game Boy, the same thing happened with Tetris.

4) Create Your Story
Take everything you’ve come up with in the previous three steps and turn it into a story adding the goals you have, with your accomplishments, and ironic moments.

Example: The Starbucks Employee

“So what do you do for a living?”

“Well, when I was eleven years old my parents got me a chemistry set for Christmas. I couldn’t stop playing with it; I almost blew up my house! I was obsessive. I guess I was always fascinated with how things worked, and what everything was made of. I hated my teachers in high school but I still did really well in my science classes. After high school I took a year off to travel and do some introspective thinking about what I would do with my future. I decided I wanted to be a chemist. Now I attend XYZ University and work at Starbucks, which is more fun for an aspiring chemist than you could possibly imagine.”

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