The undergrad-in-search-of-Personal-Assistant trend is really taking off

Won’t you lend a hand to your better-off but over-stressed fellow Hoyas?

When Vox put up a post about a Georgetown sophomore’s quest to find a Personal Assistant last Friday, we unwittingly released quite a firestorm—123 comments and counting, and links from Wonkette and Inside Higher Ed.

We figured it would all blow over soon, the kid would walk away with his ego somewhat deflated, and that would be that.  But apparently the post didn’t just inspire an onlaught vicious comments—it also inspired a copy-cat.

The intrepid reporters at the Heckler‘s blog just found a suspiciously similar job posting put up on the on the Student Employment Office website yesterday by a junior in the SFS who’s looking for a “Project Assistant and Task Coordinator.”

While that title sounds much fancier than “Personal Assistant,” it’s essentially the same job (and at the same $10 – $12 per hour going rate):

I am a Georgetown Undergraduate student, seeking a mature individual to help me with daily tasks, organization and errands … A portion of the work should be interesting and engaging (such as correspondence or planning events and logistics), and this is a good opportunity to meet new people.

Please email a resume (if available) and a brief description of your availability and interest. Preference will be given to a Georgetown student or person who lives near campus. Must be reliable and good communicator (regularly checks email, updates me on the status of tasks or problems, etc.). Should have familiarity with GTD and good with computers (but specialized skills can be taught). Non-smoker preferred. Male and female applicants welcome.

Example tasks include: -Manage Email -Drop-off/pick-up dry cleaning -Do Laundry (in townhouse) -File papers -Manage electronic accounts -Input dates into calendar -Shopping and Running Errands -Making orders online -Making appointments and reservations -Making travel arrangements (i.e. taxis, car reservations) -Planning events -Managing written correspondence -Load/Empty dishwasher -Drop-off/pick-up books at library.

Two’s a trend!

Read the full posting after the jump…

Job Description:

I am a Georgetown Undergraduate student, seeking a mature individual to help me with daily tasks, organization and errands. Hours will vary from 1-2 hours a day, depending on tasks, and should not exceed 6 hours a week. Pay will start at $10/hr, and will increase with experience (normal weekly pay will start at $20-60, $80-300/month).

Hours required per week will be flexible and will vary depending on assigned tasks and need. I am very flexible with timing, and because many tasks will be completed independently, you can complete them on your own schedule. However, certain tasks will require my direct input and will be scheduled for a mutually agreeable time.

I live a block from the front gates, making this job perfectly suited for a Georgetown student looking for a job with high flexibility. As my personal assistant, you will receive an email each evening with a list of projects for the next day, but all may not need to be completed that day. Certain tasks will occur on a regular schedule, to be set according to your availability (such as dry cleaning and laundry). Each task will include a priority and time estimate.

Certain tasks, such as laundry, which involve dead-time during which you can work on other tasks or on independent projects (your own work) will be counted in a discounted manner.

A portion of the work should be interesting and engaging (such as correspondence or planning events and logistics), and this is a good opportunity to meet new people.

Job Requirements:

Please email a resume (if available) and a brief description of your availability and interest. Preference will be given to a Georgetown student or person who lives near campus. Must be reliable and good communicator (regularly checks email, updates me on the status of tasks or problems, etc.). Should have familiarity with GTD and good with computers (but specialized skills can be taught). Non-smoker preferred. Male and female applicants welcome.

Example tasks include: -Manage Email -Drop-off/pick-up dry cleaning -Do Laundry (in townhouse) -File papers -Manage electronic accounts -Input dates into calendar -Shopping and Running Errands -Making orders online -Making appointments and reservations -Making travel arrangements (i.e. taxis, car reservations) -Planning events -Managing written correspondence -Load/Empty dishwasher -Drop-off/pick-up books at library

Available Openings: 1

Hours: 2.0 to 6.0 hours per week

Compensation: $10.00/hour to $12.00/hour, $.50 raises every month

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: End of School Year

Time Frame: Academic Year

17 Comments on “The undergrad-in-search-of-Personal-Assistant trend is really taking off

  1. “Compensation: $10.00/hour to $12.00/hour, $.50 raises every month”

    This is the result of SFS students having no math or science requirement…

  2. And Juliana Brint’s shameless self-promotion, holier-than-thou power trip continues…

  3. what does this have to do with Juliana Brint? Where is the self-promotion? Are you upset that this blog got so many hits? No one forces you to read it.

  4. Why is this ad almost exactly the same as the old one? Did Charley Cooper just repost his ad with some edits?

  5. Juliana? Really? This again? I am glad you think you are oh so important now that you had such a gripping news story but lets face it toots these postings are not all that devastating to campus life so give it a rest and get off your soap box because from where I am sitting you are taking premature self-importance to a whole new level now.

  6. How about the part where she says,

    “we unwittingly released quite a firestorm—123 comments and counting, and links from Wonkette and Inside Higher Ed.”

    All I am reading there is “hey look at me look at how good I am!!!”

  7. JR is totally right. I know who posted this advertisement. Daniel how shameless of you.

  8. Those Ivies have plenty of legacies, sure, but they actually offer more than decent financial aid, so they can draw people who really need it. Georgetown doesn’t do that as well, so yes, it ends up being a lot more people who can pay their own way, by a process of self-selection.

    I guess Georgetown school pride trumps the 1st amendment now?

  9. Tim:

    I don’t see that quote, or any quote by Juliana Brint, in the WaPo article you posted.

  10. @Tim, Matt: That was in an early version of the Post’s story, but was actually something of a misquote. I had prefaced that by saying “The stereotype is [if it were to happen at any school…]” I emailed the reporter about it and she was going to change it, but ended up not using my quotes in the final version.

  11. Who knew that “real news sources” change their internet articles after they publish them? Here I thought Vox was just full of poor reporting since we publish fast in the internet age. Time for me to get up to date.

  12. First of all, Georgetown is NOT more arrogant or elitist than a lot of other top tier schools. Period. There are definitely just as many circles of jerk rich kids at Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Notre Dame, etc. as there are at Georgetown. I promise you.

    Second, I find it wonderfully ironic that a Voice writer was the victim of misquoting or misleading by a reporter.

  13. Ooooh, sounds like some festering jealousy going on here. How about giving credit where credit is due. Congrats to the the Voice and Vox!

  14. If Charley had simply posted an ad asking for help with routine tasks because he has time restrictions due to family illness as well as other responsibilities, he would have found help without the attention.

    But that’s not what Chuck did. Instead Chuck advertised for someone to do his laundry for $6, and for that person to somehow accomplish 20 hours of other chores in 10 hours. It was the tone of the ad that repulsed people. Here is this kid who has life handed to him, not through personal ability, drive, perseverance, but because of a system of senseless privilege. But it’s not enough, Charley wants even more from the unwashed masses.

    Charley personifies what went wrong. He has no insight, no appreciation for the work of others, no respect for their contributions. He is owed this help because he is special. Worse, he believes shouldn’t have to pay honestly for it because he is extra-special. Isn’t that what happened to the economy? Undeserved wealth was accumulated by people who didn’t earn it, didn’t care about its value or the costs, all for no other real reason than they were the Masters of the Universe, so society should pay them richly.

    Charley probably thinks minority preference is an outrage, but he’d never dare suggest rewards by given based solely on merit.

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