Wasn't having luck with many summer job offers as a college student, since even those are "competitive" today. So I answered a want ad for a lady who was looking for a babysitter/entertainer (basically a nanny) for her 1-year-old for 3 weeks while she and the hubby did some all-day program (I forget what).
Despite this being their first child, somehow they were already living in the richest neighborhood in town. I spoke to her on the phone; she heard that I had babysitting experience and was a psych major who'd taken child development, so she set up the interview.
So during the interview, she starts going into my whole intellectual background. What languages do you speak? I said Spanish and Arabic, since I'd studied both. She said, wow, what's the point of that? You don't speak Latin or French or anything? Why not?
Then we talked about music. I said I played the flute and the piano and liked to sing a little bit. She asked if I had any sort of professional experience with those or any sort of credentialed degree. No, but I'd been playing those instruments for 10 years and had gotten into a competitive youth orchestra. Not good enough.
She then wanted to know why, if I was a psych major, I wasn't "child development certified" yet. Um, because I'm a junior, and that isn't a requirement for the major?
I didn't give her attitude of course--those are just my editorial comments for the JobSchmob. But she was a piece of work.
She had me meet her baby, who was just learning to walk. The baby was babbling somethign or other, and the woman was appalled that I couldn't understand exactly what the kid meant by "ba ba ba boo." What do they teach in those child-development courses today??!
And of course, the fact that I hadn't done kids' birthday parties as a professional clown or anything like that, nixed the rest of my "entertainer" credentials.
At the end, the woman scoffed that she MIGHT be in contact, but "I have 10 other people to interview after you, so heh, it's not likely. But thanks. Nice to meet you."
So much for a "childminder" who knows how to change a diaper, give a bottle, read to a kid, and sing them to sleep. Even that is a "corporate competitive" job these days!