Barbara Corkly, an employee at NYU’s Wasserman Career Center, has been reportedly finding it increasingly difficult to take seriously the vocational aspirations of the students who come to talk with her.
“Look,” she told us. “Most of my job consists of nodding and explaining to students how a resume works. But I didn’t sign up for listening to anthropology majors ask how they can become the next Steve Jobs. Let me tell you, that ain’t happening.”
But Corkly’s frustrations didn’t stop there. “I mean, does it really make sense anyway to take career advice from someone who’s job is to give career advice? Clearly if I had better ideas on getting ahead, I wouldn’t be working at Wasserman.”
Conversations with other employees reveal the pervasiveness of the problem. Matthew Fink, who has been working at Wasserman for 3 years, tells us, “I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to say ‘No, I won’t invest in your startup, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea.’ Eventually you just start to feel embarrassed for them.”
Upon leaving Wasserman, students could be seen with confident looks on their faces, none the wiser to the growing frustration that permeates on the other side of its doors.