No Degree? No Open Door!

As I continue to look for a new work home, I run into the obstacle of not having a degree quite often. There are many things I would redo if I could. Tell the 20-year-old Jesse to stay in school, even though I was working 40 plus hours a week while going to school. Tell the 30-year-old Jesse that even though you will work 14 years at BancTec and no one cared there if you had a degree or not, to go finish school because one day you will need that paper. I’m now 60, with 30 years of Customer Service, Contact Center, Customer advocate experience but with no degree, some people won’t even talk to me.

There are certain jobs where I understand why a Degree is important. No one wants an Accountant with no degree. No one wants a nurse or a doctor, an engineer or an architect with out a degree. But if you need someone to lead a contact center or to work with a team to keep client’s happy, doesn’t experience mean more than something I did 30 years ago?

The search for a new job is dark an full of terrors. I know that I’m not the perfect person for every job but can you at least talk to me via the phone before saying no?

Thus ended today’s #jobsearch2020 rant.

TBT Daniel Johnson

Welcome to 2020, one of the things I want to try and do is to release a “classic” episode of the podcast each Thursday for a Throw Back Thursday. This week, I’m going back to January 2017 and my discussion with filmmaker Daniel Johnson and his web series East Street Mary and Dave.

Daniel’s Twitter @danieljohnsonuk 
Jesse’s Twitter @JesseJacksonDFW

Losing a radio friend

If you listen to the podcast you’ve probably heard me talking about the local sports radio station, I listen to often. Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket has been my choice of radio companions for over 20 years. If I’m not listening to E Street Radio, my radio is turned to The Ticket.

The guys on the station are funny, insightful, thought provoking and always entertaining. Dallas (like many cities) is a little sports crazy and The Ticket has kept me informed and entertained about the sports scene for a long time.

Chris grew up listing to The Musers, Bob and Dan, Norm and The Hardline. He and I are both big P1’s (the station’s name for listeners). Through the station, I have become good friends with my co-hosts for How Many ( Bob, Junior and Scott. The station helped me to laugh and feel better during dark times like losing my father, unemployment and cancer. They are a good companion on this part of the ride.

On Monday January 6th 2020, Mike Rhyner the cofounder of the ticket and cohost of the afternoon drive show The Hardline, announced his retirment. The Old Grey Wolf ( @theoldgreywolf ) is an radio legend in Dallas. His love of Baseball, Tom Petty, Steely Dan and other passions are well know. He and I both had children that attended Catholic Grade Schools and we would meet often at various church events. At remotes and other live events, Mike would always recognize me and offer me the warmest of greetings.

Mike is in good health. He has no beef with the station. He’s just decided that it’s time to turn the page and to go future on down the road. His opinion of the Great Game (baseball), the Cowboys, Mavericks and other sports topics will be missed. His love for music and his passion for Tom Petty (he leads Petty Theft a Tom Petty tribute band) will be missed. His voice coming through my car speakers will be missed.

Live long and prosper Mike. You are an origional and I will you nothing but happiness and success in what every road you choose to take going forward. Stay Hard Mike and keep jamming.