Sometimes people really disappoint you. Above: one of those times.
Fortunately for Garry Trudeau, he hasn't had to hunt for a job in decades. This is also true of most people giving out employment advice these days. Consequently, their job advice should accompany the warning label, "Best if used by 23 Mar 1986." More power to them for being indispensable career-wise, but they should at least acknowledge the disconnect.
College professors often do the same thing. They've been studying and teaching their material for so long that they make terrible instructors for first-timers. While most make an effort to bridge the divide, a handful don't succeed or even try. I can't say I blame them--I, for one, would probably not be the best at explaining editorial writing to teenagers--but knowledge should never be a brick wall to communication.
This kind of disconnect plagues couples as well, specifically those whose every movement, from bowel on up, is guided by the fact that they are but half of a whole. These are the people who never go anywhere without their significant other (itself a ridiculous term), use "we-mail" and whose every social moment revolves exclusively around other couples. They are the former good friends who fade out of your life forever, if you continue to do anything other than attend dinners with other couples to talk exclusively about couple shit. Ironically, this hyper-attached behavior often causes the couples to resent one another because of their ferocious mutual clinging. Hey, relationships are a wonderful thing; I've had 30 or 40 myself. But they should enhance the individual as well as the whole. Until that day happily rolls around, couples would at least do well to remember that not all single people hate themselves.
The above three examples are part of what seems to be a rise in smug behavior in the past few years. Whether intentional or not, more and more people are retreating into their own view of things, the result of which is that people sometimes come off as backhanded and/or condescending.
A few examples:
A 7th-grade classmate, referring to a comment I made about thrift: "When people get rich, they buy new stuff, man."
A 12th-grade classmate, referring to college scholarships: "That's why you get rich parents to pay for you."
Spoken by an upper-crust student from New Orleans, freshman year: "How can you eat college food? I'm used to always eating gourmet meals. This confuses me."
The standard reason for not understanding/getting/achieving something: "You must not want it enough."
A common reply when you're broke, hungry and looking for work: "Then why don't you just get a job?"
A "reassurance" given by every career counselor: "It's not what you know, it's who you know."
And, probably my favorite of all time, the answer to why decent people deal with so many setbacks: "Well, the good must suffer for the bad."
If any of these phrases or their representative attitude describe you, then be grateful of your success in life and cut the rest of us a break. We're trying, too. Life is not a balanced game.