Just had the worst phone interview ever and need to rant.
I just got off the phone from one of the worst interviews ever. I’ve never felt so humiliated and attacked by someone during an interview before. I graduated from college with a dual major in English and Graphic Design. I’ve been involved with art my entire life but doubted I could pursue it as an 18-year-old. I declared English as it seemed safer as a panicked high schooler trying to figure out her life. Also, I have always had a passion for writing. I quickly realized how much I missed art and started researching art programs that my college had to offer. I’ve never wanted to pursue something like drawing because while I’m not bad, I was never going to be good enough to have what it takes to make it in things like illustration.
I found graphic design and after reading some of the jobs you could do with that degree, I just remember crying tears of joy. I submitted my application to the program, landed an interview with the department, got my portfolio together and as a shaking freshman walked into the room full of professors and the department chair ready to share my work. A few weeks later I received a letter that I had been accepted into the program. I felt like the pieces were coming together.
I balanced my semesters, seeing no reason to drop English as I had room for both seeing as I declared my second major early enough. I did a semester of design, a mix, a semester of English. I even realized junior year I could finish my English degree with my university’s special program for a semester in London. I obviously jumped on that opportunity because London had been a dream of mine.
Anyways, I just got off a phone interview with a lady from a Marketing company. She badgered me about why I didn’t pursue English and needed a definitive answer. She asked what I did in high school to ensure I was a true artist and to learn about what my high school experience was like. Did my high school have good programs? (No. It was a rural ass school in Pennsylvania, but I got what I could from it and excelled.) When I told her I found graphic design on my own she was like “Really? No one helped you?” No. I did it myself. I don’t need someone to help me in my life choices. I did my research. I came to my own conclusions on what was right for me. She replied with “Hmm.”
Later, she again brings up my double degree and my abroad and goes “You managed to accomplish two degrees in 4 years and study abroad? What school did you go to again?” She actually had the audacity to question the authenticity of my degree. My 4 years of hard work and stress to fit everything in and graduate on time. What. The. Actual. Fuck. I hate older generations and their constant complaints at how “us millennials don’t work hard” and yet when we do they still dismiss us. Disgusted.