Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ivanka's New Book

Good Morning America did an interview with Ivanka Trump about her new book that is about to be released this morning. I had to chuckle when she said it's a book written for her peers. What peers? The majority of her peers will never have the privileges Ivanka has. It's hard to give advice when you never really had to work like the average joe for what you have.

I'm not saying that Ivanka is not smart because getting in Wharton is definitely an achievement. Her intelligence is quite obvious when you hear her speak. And she appears by all means to be a nice person. But her writing a book just doesn't appeal to me as I can't help but think she has no idea what it's like in the real world.

The average student at Wharton comes out at least 80,000 in debt. And that's not including undergraduate debt. Trying to find a job, surviving on the after college budget that so many students have to these days is something Ivanka knows nothing about. Because of her name doors automatically open in the workplace. Yes some of that has to do with her intelligence and a lot of that also has to do with who her father knows. Her title to be exact is executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump organization. Come on.

She will never know what it's like in this economic time to have to send out hundreds of resumes and hope to hear back from at least a few. With so many companies laying off these days, even an ivy league degree does not guarantee a high paying job, nor a job at all. So I find it very hard to understand how she can write a book of any sort that is directed at her peers.

Is she referring to her peers in the 5% of the millionaire world or her socialite friends/fiance? Her fiance's father made a 2.5 million dollar donation to Harvard and of course that is where he went. Her world is just different than the average person so writing a book that peers could actually relate to is rather difficult. Even Donald would have a hard time with that one.

Does she realize how long it takes the average graduate student to even pay back their loans? Does she even know how many of her peers are struggling to stay afloat in this economy? Or how many of her peers have been laid off, or can't find a job, even though their resumes are inpeciable?

What about all her peers who work much longer hours, who give so much of their lives to their job, who have to work the ladder of the corporate world, biding their time hoping to one day hold that executive position, sometimes even having to work two jobs to stay afloat financially and pay back all their educational loans.

So write a book Ivanka but don't think you understand what it's like to live or work in the real world. Yes, you are intelligent but so are many, many others in this world. The truth is no matter what you like to think, you have gotten where you are because of the family name and who your father is. Trust me doors have been opened to you that will remain closed for the vast majority of your peers.

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