Posted 10 months ago on April 28, 2013, 1:27 p.m. EST by cubedemon
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One of the major assumptions that I had when obtaining a career was based upon what was conveyed to me by the authority figures in elementary, middle high school and even college years. The assumption is that when one graduates college with a degree it guarantees him a job. The thought process of the student is that one transitions into a job as though one moves from one grade level to the next. This is false and before I can state why I must explain the critical thinking concepts of necessary vs. sufficient conditions. A necessary condition means that in order to have B one must have A or another way of stating this is that B is dependent upon A. One example I will give is in order for a car to start one must have gasoline. This does not guarantee that the car will start. This brings us to defining what a sufficient condition is.
A sufficient condition means that if one has B then one will have A. In other words, if one has A then it is guaranteed that one will have B. An example of this is if I pour a gallon of freezing water on my wife then I will wake her up. Only some necessary conditions are sufficient conditions and only some sufficient conditions are necessary conditions.
For example, even though it is sufficient to pour a gallon on my wife to wake her up it is not necessary. I can do something else to wake her up. Gas is not the only thing that will guarantee a car will start either. As I have experienced with my wife one has to have a functioning alternator as well. Even both of these are necessary but insufficient conditions for my wife’s car to start.
Based upon this knowledge I have now I now know where I went wrong in my pursuit of a career and why I failed in America. I thought that my obtaining a degree was a sufficient condition of obtaining a job meaning that a degree guaranteed that one would obtain a job. What was conveyed was that obtaining a degree was necessary to obtaining a job but what was not conveyed was that the degree was not sufficient to obtaining a job.
Another necessary condition one would have to meet is to have excellent social and communication skills and understanding as well. Another necessary condition I do not meet somewhat is an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the workplace and what employers desired and not desired and why. I have a more of an understanding but it is still mediocre. Before, my understanding was appallingly mediocre.
In order for me to meet these two other necessary conditions I would need help from other people in society that can sit down with me and explain these things to me in further depth. The help and understanding from others is a necessary condition for me to meet these two other necessary conditions. Because of American cultural standards and values I am not going to receive this from others.
Therefore, I am incapable of obtaining a job or career in the United States of America and I feel justified in claiming that I am too disabled to work and collecting Social Security Disability Insurance.
It isn’t my attitude or lack of confidence that caused my failure in America it is my inability to meet certain necessary conditions of the workplace and the inability of obtaining help to do so which is necessary for me to meet the necessary conditions of the workplace. My negativity stands on sound reasoning and logic and telling me to be more positive and trying to get me to have more confidence in myself and my abilities will not work with me. This is because even if confidence and positivity is a necessary condition which I doubt these two things are not sufficient conditions for one’s success in obtaining and keeping a job or career. This is why I gave up and called it quits.