Let me cut to the chase and share what's on my mind.
You try everything that's on your mind, in your expertise, until you realise you have to put up with jobs which aren't really at your level, but... heck, man's gotta eat, right :)
You go as far down as cleaning, dish washing, etc. You convince yourself there's no shame in any job, and I suppose that's true.
And here's what's bothering me, and I will say, here, in Stockholm. It's something I haven't met before. In my past I worked in IT companies with no prior experience about that job whatsoever.
Here in Sweden though, you must have experience all the time.
So, I call a cleaning company. They are kind enough to respond and request that we have a very short interview on the phone, and let me talk a little about myself. They asked me how I got to find them, talk a bit about me, then about my experience and if I have such in the cleaning industry (?), then they asked why I would want to work with them, and another final question that was pretty irrelevant, until the guy told me that 'unfortunately, I don't have the experience to work with them and that I am welcome to apply again, when I have'. Let me not laugh now, although I wish to.
I was very polite even after he told me all that, and tried to exaggerate a tiny bit, to fill in the absurdity of the situation. Actually, I don't know what over-exaggeration means, as I am most of the time naturally polite and diplomatic.
I kept looking for other jobs in the similar branch and kept reading absurd things like 'you must be burning with passion for cleaning and keeping thing clean and nice'. 'You absolutely must have experience in dish washing before'. 'Experience in dish washing/cleaning is a must!' .... I kept reading and reading and I can't believe. And then when you read how many jobs are posted in total, and you see thousands and thousands of job offers of which 95% require experience, you begin to wonder, well, how did these people found a job at all in the first place? How did they get to their first job? Maybe during high school? Maybe interships linked to a university degree?
Do you wonder then why people who have never attended universities or are college drop-outs have actually started hhuge companies and corporations? No, it's not surprising. The system rejects them on every effort on their part to fit in. But no, they are not experience in this or that, they don't have a degree on this or that, they don't have super awesome grades. Einstein was told he would never succeed in life! Can you imagine? I wish I could see the face of that same person who told him that. I wish to see the faces of all the people who rejected those other guys, who end up being more successful than anyone else. It's a wish, and it's born out of anger.
I would bravely ask, what's wrong with people?!?! Can't you see beyond your rules and look at what merits that person has? Is it all rules? Who burns with passion for dish washing? Or is it yet another copied rule to paste on your job ad? I get that you may want experience as a designer, but as a dish washer/cleaner? No, guys, it's not me who's wrong here. I decline to be seen as an outcast only because I don't fit in your rules.
If I don't, then I will create my own and fit myself in them :) If the system produces employees and I can't be an employee (because no one sees any merit in me and doesn't hire me), then I will become the employer. And you know what? Have you ever thought why very few university alumni become employers? Because the system doesn't want to produce employers. It wants to produce employees. I don't fit the employee category. Then I will fit the employer category. Thank you for that, dear system! You push me out of my comfort zone with the painful feeling of rejection, but that motivates me to find my true purpose. And that purpose is not to be yet another employee, whom nobody cares about... Thank you!