Busy. Forty-five
dumb-eyed customers
in one hour. Same
reptilian smile and
the pull-string going:
“is there anything 
else I can do today?”

I collapse into the bench.
Outside Debenhams
with a sausage roll.
Twenty minutes, and
I don’t waste a single
one. Some days
I’m on auto-pilot,
others I can’t breathe,
or both at the same time.

You know, if I could
spend the remaining
days of my life (or
pitiful existence) and
never sell another damn thing…
I think I might refer to myself
(at least unconsciously)
as ‘happy’.


Hard Day’s Night

By Ryan Havers

10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

For many educators, spring brings an opportunity to consider taking new positions, changing schools, and exploring other paths in our education system. If these thoughts cross your mind like a wisp of a breeze or relentlessly swirl like a tornado, I encourage you to follow your curiosity.

Is there something pushing you out of your current role or pulling you toward another one? Pursue the exploration! I hope these ten tips will help you consider when it’s time to change jobs and what you might consider.

image via flickr:CC | mikecogh

An academic degree: More than just a piece of paper?

Gaining that required qualification to put on your CV is what counts to win a job in today’s “graduate economy”. On current trends, perhaps everyone will have a degree by the end of this century. Already in Finland, a remarkable 80% of young people are now going to university

With so many people obtaining degree qualifications there are concerns that academic credentials are losing meaning and value. “Credentialism”, a concept coined by social scientists in the 1970s, is the reduction of qualifications to status conferring pieces of paper. It’s an ideology which puts formal educational credentials above other ways of understanding human potential and ability Read more…More about Employment, Education, School, Master S Degree, and Higher Education http://bit.ly/1J3T4ud


Yesterday I started my job as a permenant employee. Not a new job, it’s the one I’ve been in since last October as temp/contractor.

Only took a good 5 years after college to land a permenant job worth writing home about :/ But in retrospect I must say I am better for it. My resume looks good and is dynamic. Mentally, it was actually kinda rough settling down after all these years. Like I’ve got commitment issues or something. I fear that all the random skills I’ve learned will atrophy. I fear sclerosis. But I guess it’s time to specialize, I really gotta view it as just a new and different type of project. A more adult project. Also I have never felt the least bit invested in the success of a company before untill now so that’s weird too. They have demonstrated that they place a high value on my skills and now it’s time for me to really perform.

Also, and I’ll never mention this again, I can barely comprehend the amount of money they’ll be paying me. (Please excuse my flaunting of wealth, I’m embarrassed to type this..) Maybe people on here thought I already made a ton of money but.. nope, nothing like this. I’ve been doing fine for myself for the past 2 years but nothing special. But now I’m thinking about houses n shit, 401k’s and how imma diversify my investments o.O

I’ve been asking myself, “what are you gonna do with all that money?” All I can think of right now is maybe I’ll buy a new pair of shoes so I can have 2 pairs of shoes I wear to work instead of just 1. Maybe I’ll get a new laptop since my 2008 MacBook can’t really hold a charge anymore and feels like it weighs about 30 pounds these days.

I dunno.. I want for nothing (that money can buy) and I guess that makes me blessed. Maybe I’ll take my mom to Italy or something, you know when I think about it I’ve actually been wanting to do that for about 10 years now- ever since she paid to send me to Italy when I was in HS. That’s as good a way to spend my money as any other.

Congresswoman Lee Leads Effort Urging President Obama to Ban the Box

Washington, D.C.- More than 70 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, sent a letter to President Obama to adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy. This effort was co-led by Congressman Conyers, Congressman Scott, Congressman Davis, and Congresswoman…


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