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People. Don’t work for free. The structure in unpaid internships can be goofy and just not ideal as a bullet point on a resume.
I don’t mean to be overly analytical or looking something which isn’t there but Kanye West’s song “New Slave” comes to mind. In this context, I think about buying into the college system and what people try to do to be successful i.e. unpaid jobs as opposed to the vanity and wealth Kanye was talking about.
But because of limited budgets and positions, many of those students are mainstreamed into science classes — the subject that I teach — without any special services. And because of limited budgets and positions, our state didn’t design any modified versions of the end of grade science exams for kids with significant learning disabilities. Every student took the exact same test.
That left me worrying about my evaluation scores, y’all. I should be ashamed of that, shouldn’t I? And I am. Instead of seeing my students with disabilities as the unique, beautiful, capable people that they are, I saw them as a liability — as kids that were likely to hurt my professional standing.
Ask a teacher friend of yours who teaches in a test-centric school how inspiring their job is. Ask them what it’s like to teach the same lesson, read the same script and grade the same assessments as every other teacher in the district they reside. Ask them how much joy they feel when they interrupt their classes to bring students to a “test prep rally,” or when they are required to include sample test questions in all of their assessments. Ask them what it is like to have their professional instincts questioned and their years of experience tossed aside in lieu of new programming designed to raise test scores. Even if these programs increase test scores, they turn our teachers into technicians and destroy their souls along the way.
As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs—20 percent of all jobs—require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. STEM jobs have doubled as a share of all jobs since the Industrial Revolution, from less than 10 percent in 1850 to 20 percent in 2010.
Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average—a wage 10 percent higher than jobs with similar educational requirements. Half of all STEM jobs are in manufacturing, health care, or construction industries. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations constitute 12 percent of all STEM jobs, one of the largest occupational categories. Other blue-collar or technical jobs in fields such as construction and production also frequently demand STEM knowledge.
It’s something they actually have in their interview process and it is at the end of the day, beyond what school the kid went to, beyond GPA, etc., who would you rather be stuck in an airport bar with on a six-hour flight delay? They call it the layover test…
Good managers focus not only on bottom-line performance, but on the means by which their people achieve that high performance. Unethical behaviors can be damaging to a broad variety of stakeholders, and are often the cause of organizational crises. Ethical behavior not only keeps consciences clean; it can boost the reputation and performance of your firm. More than ever, ethics must be a primary management concern.
Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal. You don’t spend … four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income.
“They create this dream about going to college and finding a job, finding themselves, but really there are so many things holding women back.” That’s just one observation in the above video by a woman who answered this question: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
Indeed, thanks to the negative messages women and girls hear about leadership (girls who lead are too “bossy”), fear is holding many women back from achieving their dreams. Now the “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid” project, a just-launched effort from Lean In, the organization started by Sheryl Sandberg, author of the bestselling book by the same name, wants to help women overcome our society’s gendered notions about leadership.
Workaholics tend to live in extremes, with great job satisfaction and creativity on the one hand and high levels of frustration and exhaustion on the other hand. A new Florida State University study provides insight to managers on how to help these employees stay healthy and effective on the job.
They found about 60 percent of these workers identified themselves as workaholics who characteristically “feel guilty when taking time off.” These self-identified workaholics reported positive and negative career consequences.
“We discovered that workaholics really struggle when they feel that they are alone or swimming upstream without a paddle,” Hochwarter said.
Workaholics who said they had access to resources reported:
40 percent higher rate of job satisfaction;
33 percent lower rate of burnout;
30 percent higher rate of perceived job importance;
In hindsight, it’s ridiculous that I felt my choice of major somehow reflected my value, just as how my decision to come to a state university affected how I felt in comparison to my friends at private schools. I am ashamed to admit I once thought Maryland was below me, and I am ashamed to admit I thought English was a selfish, indulgent choice of study, as though I was less noble or helpful than my friends in engineering or biology.
Writer Peg Streep is writing a book about the Millennial generation and she routinely sprinkles great data into her posts at Psychology Today.
Recently she linked to at study by Net Impact that surveyed currently-enrolled college students and college-graduates across three generations Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. The questions focused on life goals and work priorities. They found significant differences between students and college grads, as well as interesting generational differences.
The stakes for our children’s educational and professional futures are high, but we should not forget the question who are you should be more applicable to a person’s character than their professional identity.
As you think about your own professional practices, how do you define what constitutes work? How do you think labor should be understood in a networked world? And what does fairness in compensation look like when the notion of clocking in and clocking out are passe?