Damn you, guidance counselor!

April 28, 2009

This time of year I get lots of queries from college seniors asking for career advice.

Often they say, “Bobby, are there any signs I can look for that might indicate I’ve chosen the wrong career?”

Sure, there are quite a few, and you’d be smart to read my past CAREERS posts. But here are a couple of new thoughts:

  • If you’re moving at a high rate of speed and there’s a huge fuming bull chasing you, and you’re not drunk and you’re not in Pamplona, then your career counselor owes you or your widow an apology.
  • If the ground is moving under you and you seem to be  hanging onto a big sharp horn, and you can feel hot nostril snorts on your leg and there’s a hole in the butt of your fancy purple jammies, maybe you should have thought twice before majoring in Creative Writing and Film Studies.

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Above: Spanish bullfighter Rafaelillo runs after being tackled by a bull in Seville, April 20, 2009.

Below: Spanish bullfighter Sergio Aguilar is tackled by a bull in Seville, April 21, 2009.

REUTERS photos by Marcelo del Pozo

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Looking at the bull’s back, I think he should have a talk with his career counselor too. My feeling is that he’s in even worse trouble than Mr. Aguilar.

Posted by G | Report as abusive

Go bull go!

Posted by Pete Cann | Report as abusive

Hey Pete, we can’t ALL be cheering for the bull. Somebody needs to back the matadors. Don’t look at me.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I KNEW those guys didn’t wear underwear!

Posted by K | Report as abusive

i honestly wish i found this blog earlier in my career… i could be living the life of happiness and find meaning in the career i SHOULD have chosen instead of wasting time at work commenting on this very informative piece.

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

So what happened to Sergio? did he make it?

Posted by Pildit | Report as abusive

I believe Sergio and the bull are still going. They were last reported somewhere in Belgium.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Sergio’s thanatos was simply too strong for the Career Services office.

Posted by Mel | Report as abusive

Bobby, are there any signs I can look for that might indicate I’ve chosen the wrong career?

Hey, that just means another job opened up!

Posted by Allison | Report as abusive

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