Wednesday 13 November 2019

'Are you just not taught anything about existing in the real world?' - Theatre takes pop at Millennials in Office Admin job advertisement

Millennials (Stock picture)
Millennials (Stock picture)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A London theatre has posted a job advertisement for an Office Administrator which takes a pop at Millennials.

The ad is for a full time job at Tea House Theatre in London and the writer of the ad claims it is the third job advert they have posted 'in as many months'.

It begins 'Dear Millennials' and says the theatre is a 'professional company in the arts industry for the best part of twenty years, grafting, scraping, cap in hand to angels and funding bodies and occasionally getting lucky.'

It states that the company survives mostly from revenue generated from the venue itself despite opening in a recession and gearing up to work on a number of projects.

'One old lady used to run the whole of Mountview Academy with an IBM computer, it shouldn't be this hard,' it continues.

'We need a grafter, who can commit. The absolute dogs in office skills, the ability to run a paper filing system as well as a computerised one, the ability to complete and keep track of a huge to-do list, to make our office work, create and develop business management systems that help the business to grow, giving space for more creative work to go ahead. To see where we are headed and realise that it is in your own hands how far you are able to go with us as we grow.

'We have not been impressed so far.'

The add is signed off by directors HG Iggulden & IF Rushton of Tea House Theatre Ltd.

The job pays £15-£20k and is based in South central London.

Here's the ad in full:

Dear Millenials,

As a professional company in the arts industry for the best part of twenty years, grafting, scraping, cap in hand to angels and funding bodies and occasionally getting lucky. Surviving on our box office, breaking even and revelling in the success that in the real world that is. It saddens me to be putting this advert up for the third time in as many months. 

Are you just not taught anything about existing in the real world, where every penny counts. Did no one teach you that the end of your studies is the beginning of your education?

We are still here, after all these years. We run a venue in South Central London, we run as a receiving house, producing house. We have an outdoor events company putting on festivals on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. We have been lucky enough to have been funded on several occasions in the last five years by Arts Council England for our outdoor projects, but the bulk of the funding for the art in and around our venue comes from the venue itself. We raise our own money by running a successful business alongside and intrinsically part of our art. We opened in a recession and are about to embark on a number of major projects.

One old lady used to run the whole of Mountview Academy with an IBM computer, it shouldn't be this hard.

We need a grafter, who can commit. The absolute dogs in office skills, the ability to run a paper filing system as well as a computerised one, the ability to complete and keep track of a huge to-do list, to make our office work, create and develop business management systems that help the business to grow, giving space for more creative work to go ahead. To see where we are headed and realise that it is in your own hands how far you are able to go with us as we grow.

We have not been impressed so far.

Yours sincerely

HG Iggulden & IF Rushton

Directors

Tea House Theatre ltd

 

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