AET (Avocado Employer Theory)

AET (Avocado Employer Theory)

Another food related post? I am sorry, but I cannot help it. Recently, I read an article comparing couples to avocados (“Dating in your twenties is like eating an avocado”). It was actually a really good read. I have copied and pasted a piece of it below:


“My God you’ve done it. You’ve actually done it. You trawled the aisle of Coles for weeks and you finally found what you were looking for. You’ve secured the perfect avocado. This is what dreams are made of. You rush home and immediately take pillow selfies with your avo. You hold hands with your avo by the ocean. You take photos of you and avo doing nose-kisses and immediately post them to Instagram."


Enticing, right? I recommend reading it. But, I will say that avocados are difficult to work with, and they take patience and time. Sometimes they can be too ripe, and often times they aren’t ready, or you just have to throw them away. They also deceive you: they sometimes seem perfect with the right color and the right feel, but when you open them they aren’t what you thought they would be.


That is why I have created (and soon to patent): Avocado Employer Theory (AET)


The official definition is as follows: AET is the possibility of receiving an employment opportunity based on your pre- and post-impression of an employer, hiring team, interviewer and or supervisor.


So let’s use an example:

Jim Johnson just finished his first interview with a financial firm, which was held informally, at a coffee shop. Jim is likable, funny and good at reading people (or so he thought). Jim did a great job of letting his employer know exactly what he was looking for in a job. Though he was hesitant about where exactly he's going in the next couple years, his interviewer could obviously tell he has a lot of drive. Once finished, Jim shook his interviewer's hand, and both happened to be going in the same direction. Jim kept talking and was now getting a little more comfortable than expected. The employer is reading him very well, but is now a little overburdened as he had an important call to make. The call was to his wife, and he tells this to Jim. Jim smiles and says “Women, what are you going to do?” The employer makes a clenched face and keeps walking with Jim. Jim is now telling his entire life story; the employer continues to listen but cannot take it anymore. He says “Jim, I think I am going to turn here.” Though Jim was mid-sentence, he understands and walks away, feeling like he has nailed it.

Let’s Apply AET:

Jim started off great: he was testing his avocado and handling it lightly. No bruising or direct cuts into his avocado. Little by little, he attempted to take off the skin, and it was going well. No chunks were left on the avocado; it was becoming a smooth finish. Then, when saying goodbye halfway through the cut, he continued to go with it. Forgetting that this avocado was already perfect and would have gone great with some chips, he rushes it open. There it is: the bare, fragile and ready-to-be-made-into-something-magnificent richness of an avocado.


But Jim should have turned the other way when saying goodbye. Once you let an avocado sit out in the hot sun for too long, it begins to mold. This poor avocado was getting browner by the second; he should have just eaten it. However, he continues to let it sit and turn black; what was once a ripe avocado is now an old mushy mess.


Let’s try one more example:

Sarah just finished her internship with a fancy non-profit, and she rocked it. She was up on the Hill consistently and got to take pictures with over 20 different senators. Her boss loved her, and she was always going with them to happy hours. They all celebrated her birthday in the office with cake and cupcakes- life is good. Since she is a senior in college, she is looking for a job for after graduation, and many co-workers have been hinting at a new position opening up in their office! She is young and fresh and would contribute greatly to the office. On her last day, her boss tells her to go online, fill out the application and to use him as a reference. Oh joy! Sounds like a done deal. As soon as we know it, Sarah is back home and is bragging about her new job. She remains in contact with her co-workers and will see them as soon as she gets her paperwork in.


A month later, she emails her internship site supervisor who had told her to apply for the job:

Dear Mr. Boss,
I miss the office and cannot wait to go back! When should I plan my arrival?
See you soon! #newjob #imready #hired

The reply:

Dear Sarah,
I am sorry to say that the position has been filled. Several of us at the office were trying to tell you to apply, but we asked you to fill the application out immediately and it has been a month. Good luck in your job search.

Sarah has not refreshed her email on her phone yet and is already packing her bags after she just booked a $200 one way ticket back to D.C.


Let’s use AET again!

Sarah had her avocado, but she waited too long to eat it. By letting it sit for a semester's worth of work, it was just about done. She was ready to consume her avocado, but as life and nature would have it, she left her heat on. She assumed that wouldn’t affect it, but it did; Sarah was careless. Once she let that avocado turn into a disgusting purple color, she still opened it. This avocado' golden days were gone and what may feel like a couple of hours could actually be much longer for an avocado.


Though I know this is not your most normal type of post (as most of mine aren’t), take into consideration how rare employed work is. Getting a job is one thing, but securing it is another. It only takes one drop, squeeze, or even mistake to ruin your avocado.


TWC Student Spotlight: Barrett Goodwin

Barrett Goodwin is an alumni, blogger, and former participant of the TWC program. It has been almost 3 months since he left D.C. I hope this shout out proves that he is doing well!


Life after The Washington Center has been exciting! Not “living and working in D.C. exciting,” but exciting in that I now have a much clearer sense of what my future could have in store. I think my internship experience has been one of the most consequential learning opportunities I have had so far as an undergraduate student. To spend my days actually working in a professional environment in the same field as my major was a great way to put what I’ve learned in the classroom into practice. I now can see myself working somewhere in the field of politics, which is a big step to seeing my passion become my career. I also loved the opportunity to network with professionals in my field, with my only regret being that I feel like I didn’t network enough. Take advantage of those opportunities!


My best tip for interns this semester is to really try to engage with your supervisor and co-workers! They can give you advice on how to make the most of your internship, and can even serve as good contacts as you build up your network. Get ready for next time!


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