I choose you, or who chooses who?

People are funny. They make me laugh. With stating that, there is perhaps nothing that makes me laugh more at people than this topic of choosing, specifically in terms of choosing a  job with the biggest employer in the city, the government. It’s a topic that always makes me laugh. I mean how can I not?

For some reason, working for an employer that provides great pay, flexible hours, and good benefits, isn’t appealing to some of my peers. I hear many misconceptions from them about the government. Things like, “Government workers are lazy”. “You don’t do any work in the government”. Or the number one comment of “Government work is boring”.  My response to all this is: who cares?

I have worked 3 years and counting for the government. It has been a great working experience. My internship with another department during my years in college was my best working experience. Bar none. So yes, I speak of the government with 1st hand knowledge and experience as a young, cute guy. However, what is alarming is  this perception that my title opens with. “I choose you, or who chooses who?”.

Now for me I was chosen for the interview process, like any job, public or private sector, won my competition and got the job. But for the people who critize a government job, mainly my peers with private sector working aspirations, they haven’t been chosen for anything.

The government isn’t searching for them specifically, making the choice not in their hands. Same goes for the private sector. Life is about competition. Especially when it comes to jobs. You have to take the steps (applying) to be thrown into this competition. I doubt any employer, again whether it be the government or one in the private sector, cares if YOU apply or not. There is always going to be  qualified candidates  looking for work, educated people which make the interview process such a competitive process. So when they say all these criticisms of  the government as I outlined above, as if the government is hanging on their decision or is even an option, makes me chuckle, break out into laughter, and wonder what they are thinking.

Ok. I took a breath. I’ve calmed down…a bit.I hope my peers and my readers understand my frustration. When talking about work make sure you realize if the decision of taking a job rests in your choosing or with the employer. Because if the choice isn’t in your hands, your doing yourself a disservice by thinking it is. And that is something that find funny and I have to laugh about.

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I’m a Technophile

When I first got called a technophile, I shurgged it off. I was too busy playing with my new Torch, awaiting the arrival of my new laptop (with Blueray player), buying cheap Bluerays and thinking how I was going to set it all up to watch on my HDTV. Yup. Defintely too busy to care. But wait. Is being a technophile  a bad thing?

I wasn’t this obsessed with technology before. In fact, I remember knowing very little about technology in the past,  relying soley on my more technically savvy friends, to get their opinion on technology, whether that be phones, laptops, tvs, or other electronics. However, it got annoying to keep asking advice of others. I wanted to learn things on my own. Because what I found is that learning things on your own can be empowering and research is something that I enjoy doing.

In fact, I find research fun. Whether you are researching about a trip you want to take, the new job opportunity your interviewing for, or a hilarious Youtube video, I think we can all agree research is enjoyable. So armed with my love of research, I decided to take that into this new world of technology I was exploring and see what I could discover, which as it turned out, happened to be a lot of things.

Fast forward to late last year. December 2010. It took me months to finally settle on my laptop purchase. After losing my Gateway laptop in the summer (brands do matter people!)  I finally got the Sony Vaio EA series as reviewed here on my favourite, tech review site, CNET.com, a month ago.

I almost dived into a MacbookPro but couldn’t do it with a clear conscience.  (Note: Gripes with Apple are forthcoming). I was able to customize my Vaio, load it up with the sweet Blueray player I was talking about earlier, they tossed in Adobe photoshop for free, ir came with one of those sweet new Intel Core I3 processors and it all made me a happy camper.

Added to the laptop shortly thereafter would be the Blackberry Torch, after dabbling with the Iphone4 ( again like the MacBookPro couldn’t pull the trigger on Apple products), and suddenly I was diving headfirst into the world of techology. Next up, an external harddrive to store all of my favourite  TV shows like Prison Break, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. Also, maybe it’s time for a tablet. The Apple Ipad looks pretty impressive. Hmmm but that Blackberry Playbook looks quite intriguing as well…

Memo pad for the win

My Blackberry Torch. Your Iphone 4. His Samsung Galaxy S. Everyone has their favourite smartphone. They all do pretty much the same thing. Text messages, e-mail, camera function, web browsing, and applications or apps. However there is one feature, that doesn’t even come close to being on this list which is more important than them all. It’s the memo pad.

Where would I be without my memo pad on my Torch? Pen and paper beside the bed writing in substandard light, thats where. The memo pad is the most useful thing that I use on my phone. Bar none. Currently, I have 25 different items stored in my memo pad. Things like future blog posts, names of people in books I have read (book reviews to come, check back later), and other random thoughts on things that cross my vision (aka girls).

The memo pad is so useful it makes me feel bad. The more I use it, the more I realize that the other features of my phone are becoming under utilized. The camera, 5MP, sits by idly waiting for some action, apps are checked, but they don’t consume much of my time. Even the browser is mainly used to just burn time . You can only check Facebook account so much in an hour before a different status update appears. Unless you have 1000+  “friends”.

So when I think about it everything just seems to come back to my memo pad. And that is just fine with me. Because when you hear that new song on the radio and are wondering what it was, just open a new note, call it “song” and try and quickly type in a couple of the lyrics. Or I guess you could just Shazam it? Ah forget it. Typing in my memo pad will beat that every time.

Now I’m ready to start

So today marks two weeks into this new year, 2011, a new decade. Wow. Time really does fly.

I think there is no better way to start the new year off then by starting my blog.  A song which got me thinking about this post and is from Arcade’s Fire’s – “Ready to Start“.

The band, which I just discovered a couple weeks ago is really good. Of course many people who are down with the indie music scene or music in general have known this for years. Regardless of being “late” as they say on the band and the song, whenever you discover good music it always is exciting and something you tend to get into quickly.

Subsequently, I quickly downloaded their 3 albums and put them on my Blackberry Torch. Great Canadian band on a great Canadian brand, don’t you think? I am definitely a lover of many things Canadian (hockey, winter, beavertails, etc.) and will have posts on all of these things later.

As a PR (public relations) student there is much more to being a lover of most things Canadian. There are my personal interests of technology, sports, and finance, and what I like in those worlds and how PR is working in those fields.  There is also the daily grind (school, work, volunteer, and starting my own business) that takes up my most productive moments. So definitely, I will be blogging about those as well as myrandom thoughts in this space.

For those wondering, why the blog is titled “Babatunde’s blab” there is an explanation behind it. In Yoruba, a language of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, West Africa, Babatunde means “in my grandpa’s image”. I was given this name cause I had the same birthmark when I was born to my grandpa on my dad’s side, who passed one year early in [insert date] . Let’s not reveal everything on the internet.

Anyways I should be going…got a hockey game to run to today. Looking for the home team, Ottawa Senators to pull I big win. They are only 1/6 when I attend. Fingers crossed.