Does playing poker count as job experience?
June 27, 2011 11:58 AM Subscribe
How can a professional poker player turned college graduate transition into a "real" job?
posted by powerbumpkin to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My little brother has paid his way through college at UT Austin by playing online poker. (!) He finished school in May with a Bachelor's degree in Government. His interests are primarily in the public and social service industries. Almost any nonprofit or government jobs could be of interest to him. He does have a particular interest in nutrition and health. (He was once quite obese and has lost a substantial amount of weight in college by cooking healthy stuff so I think that sparked it). Starting off though he'd be happy enough to get into the social or public service industry at all.
The problem is he has NO job experience other than poker! I'm sensing his growing frustration with the job search, and it doesn't help that he's never had a "job" before. I think at this point he'd do most anything that paid 10 dollars an hour.
What can he do to maximize his employability at this stage? Who's hiring in Austin?