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« Ik wil ECHT werken ! Na 10 jaar studie ben ik architect maar moet rondkomen bij Flora voor €10,-/uur » is hardly a life story written in Dutch, but it’s a start. This was my message for Occupy Den Haag. An affidavit stating that I’m well educated and yet unable to find anything but menial labour. I am NOT work shy ! Occupy has been a shock: I have met many professional equals whilst protesting, one of whom saw his office (KOW Den Haag) go from sixty to just six architects in one year: a slaughterhouse !
What my sign doesn’t say is: Whilst (not) finding work as a architect, I have also booked success as a teacher only to see all subsidies vanish as snow in sunshine and to land back out on the street for 2012. I have started my own business, it’s STILL starting due to the poor market. On the Dutch job-market you need a diploma for ANYTHING. I’m lucky not to have student-debt as I chalked up my years of evening school. Finding work anywhere else means back of line and back to school when just about EVERYBODY is firing NOT hiring.
For those of you red-necks out there still employed and still unable to fathom what going on: WAKE UP ! It is SLANDEROUS to bawl GET A JOB at good and HONEST FOLK. Occupy has taught me there are plenty of haters out there but that most Occupiers are decent, hard-working (YES!) responsible citizens who care for each other and the world WE the 99% live in.
PS - My bank wrote to us recently, saying we had lost our “Preferred Banking” status because our income had slipped. The irony of it makes my laugh. I can think of SO many things preferable to a wunch of Bankers.