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Rovio Entertainment is hiring!

Hey guys! Rovio (creators of Angry Birds) is looking for a Senior Game Artist and a Game Animator. If you are interested, please apply and/or send me a PM! Have in mind that you will be joining our team in Espoo, Finland, Rovio´s HQ!

(if the animator position appears as not available,don´t worry,send me a PM!)

Find more info here

http://www.rovio.com/en/careers/Open-positions/view/509/senior-game-artist-espoo

http://www.rovio.com/en/careers/Open-positions/view/502/game-animator-espoo


If you are not interested yourself, please reblog or retweet so other fellow artists get the chance to apply for the position.

After a long-time searching, Cetrine Misango has gotten a better-paid job as a security guard for Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that is being built by a Chinese company.

"I get better-paid here compared to my previous job as a receptionist. Though I am just a security guard right now, I can get promoted as a supervisor or even a manager in the future," Misango said at his workplace in a campsite of the railway project located on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

The 22-year-old man said the Chinese people here are nice to him, and he prefers to work until the end of the contract so that he can raise enough money for further study.

Misango is just one of the some 8,000 Kenyans who have secured a job and are currently working at different sections of the 472 km railway project which ranges from the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi.

Elsewhere in Angola, more than 60,000 local people were involved in a newly-finished railway project funded by China, while thousands are still maintaining its operation.

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Introversion and Blackness

A little over a month ago I briefly participated in a hashtag #IntrovertsExplained, started by @empathintrovert, where people shared truth about introversion and personal experiences and perspectives. I spent so much time in childhood and adolescence dealing with stigma because of introversion, in general, and being Black and a Black girl specifically complicated this; it still does in adulthood. I elaborated on this in the past when I wrote The Black Introvert Struggle in 2012. Fellow Black people still contact me about this essay! It apparently touched a lot of Black introverts. (And while I kinda like the MBTI, it is not perfect nor absolute. I totally accept that some Black people ignore the entire thing; some also prefer to be called ambiverts.)

To be clear, extroversion doesn’t mean automatically annoying, party animal and loud. But to also be clear, extroversion is easily preferred in many schools and corporate workplaces where introversion is regarded in a degrading way or at times even in an ableist way. In school simply being an introvert meant having teachers calling my mom over and over if I didn’t want to be forced to play with other children. It meant forcing myself to be in a drama class in high school, a class I truly hated actually. In regards to corporate workplaces, many are portrayed as “communities” and “families” (laughable) but people like me do not necessarily go to work in a White workplace to “fellowship,” but to earn money to live. My “community” is among my actual family, my close Black women friends, my online buddies and my connection to Black culture in a communal sense. This doesn’t mean that similar to families and actual communities that workplaces can’t have abusive incidents and problems with structural and interpersonal power differences. They do. They’re institutions. They’re oppressive. But the idea that such spaces are “home” away from home has always been laughable to me. And often that “family” dynamic is used to exploit low earning workers. Many workplaces expect “performance” of what they deem community; it is contrary to what I view as community, however.

People can be very racist about how they think about introversion. Like, even recently I’ve been dealing with some racists who have decided that INTJ is “smart” and thereby does not apply to Black women. Um, what? And a few misogynoirists as well assume that all Black women are extroverts. Hello, the Sapphire controlling image much? (This also makes me think about how Black women who are introverts deal with street harassment; being deemed “uppity” and thereby a target of abuse for not wanting to speak, beyond already not wanting to speak at times out of sheer fear.) However, I received some interesting questions on Ask FM about introversion that made me really think on this topic, including: how I imagine public space as not harmful for introverts [X], why are male introverts more celebrated in film than female ones [X], dealing with introversion in high school [X], being misunderstood as an introvert [X], introversion and the corporate workplace [X], being forced to do networking as an introvert [X], working retail as an introvert [X], advice for teenage introverts [X], being friends with extroverts [X], and on male introverts and dating versus the corporate workplace [X]. I think conversations about introversion are interesting. In moderation. With not too many people. LOL. But yes, very interesting.

The free community college plan would save millions of students close to $4,000 a year and help keep college costs down across the board. It would give community colleges a more serious competitive edge over exploitative and unreliable for-profit schools that prey on those who are most desperate for cheap education. And on principle, it would strengthen the promise of democracy by encouraging the development of more informed citizens. These are all good things.

But there’s one common misconception about expanding the accessibility of education that should be done away with: the idea that more education will guarantee full employment for a class of previously unemployable people. The deeper problem with joblessness today isn’t that there aren’t enough skilled workers — it’s that there aren’t enough jobs.

Hi tumblr,

I’m a sad miserable mentally ill and disabled trans lady who has not been having a good month

My car fucked itself again. It’s not even anything super big I’m just too poor to handle it. The price of the repairs could range from 200 dollars to 400 something, I can’t even afford the bottom range.

I use that car to get to work, which is a little bit far from me (a good 4 almost 5 miles away, unwalkable due to multiple dangerous bridges with bad drivers and no walking space)

Atm I’m figuring out bus routes (it’s not promising, hour by bus with a good walk to even get to the bus and poor hours of operation), I already know it’s going to lose me some working hours, nothing can be done about that. I have a donation button on my profile. If I get enough money to fix the car, I will fix it. If I get not enough I’ll use it to fill the gaps while I search for a job I can walk to or get less fucked bus routes to. 

I appreciate anything anyone can send and I appreciate any signal boosting you can do. Any amount will help, even if the car is ultimately a loss, as I wasn’t making enough to do more than survive with this job anyways.

Thanks

I’m going to go curl up or stress vomit for a while ok? ok

My Thursday night concerns:
1. What existed before the Big Bang?
2. The continuing advancement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
3. Why didn’t my high school guidance counselor tell me that “Victoria’s Secret model greaser” was an employment option?
4. What were those llamas running so hard to get away from?

The Internet’s Thursday night concern:
What color is this dress?

Elite university degrees do not protect black people from racism.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Disentangling the effects of race and class on the social mobility of black Americans is one of sociology’s important jobs. A new study by S. Michael Gaddis is a nice contribution.

Gaddis sent resumes to 1,008 jobs in three parts of the United States. Some of these fictional job applicants carried degrees from an elite university: Stanford, Harvard, or Duke. Some had names that suggested a white applicant (e.g., Charlie or Erica) and others names that suggested a black applicant (e.g., Lamar or Shanice).

Both phone and email inquiries from people with white-sounding names elicited a response more often than those from black-sounding names. Overall, white-sounding candidates were 1.5 times more likely than black-sounding candidates to get a response from an employer. The relationship held up when other variables were controlled for with logistic regression.

Gaddis goes on to show that when employers did respond to candidates with black-sounding names, it was for less prestigious jobs that pay less.

Comparing applicants who are black and white and have elite vs. more middle-of-the-road university degrees, blacks with elite degrees were only slightly more likely than whites with less impressive degrees to get a call back. As is typically found in studies like these, members of subordinated groups have to outperform the superordinated to see the same benefit.

H/t Philip Cohen.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The minimum wage has a dark, racist history. And the great irony is that its malicious intent is unwittingly being realized today.

Holy shit. Share this with anyone who believes in the generosity and beneficence of minimum wage laws. If this doesn’t convince them of their economic errors, then perhaps nothing else will!

Driver's License and Vehicle Required

So concludes about 80% of the job postings I find.

For many people, this is inconsequential; something that’s a given. When I was sixteen, I stood by as some of my friends excitedly obtained their permit, and only a short while later, their license. By the time I was in college, nearly everyone my age — that I knew — had a car. There were, of course, a few exceptions, but I was not in the majority.

Having a driver’s license is expected. If you don’t have one, you’re viewed as unreliable by some and immature by others. It seems to be a prerequisite for many jobs — even ones that pay minimum-wage or only slightly higher. Despite the cost of maintaining a vehicle, gas, and insurance, it’s generally assumed that one will, eventually, earn their license and purchase a car.

It’s different for someone who has had ten eye surgeries.

I spent much of my early teenage years struggling to balance my glaucoma (which I was diagnosed with at age nine) with school, extra-curricular activities, and simply growing up and finding my place. My parents were my biggest supporters. The vision in my left eye deteriorated rapidly. I had surgeries in other states. I missed a lot of classes. When I graduated high school, I breathed a sigh of relief.

For the past few years, I’ve been very lucky. My vision has remained stable. However, I still primarily only use one eye, I experience frequent headaches and blurry vision, and my eyes are very easily irritated. I take several medications to keep my intra-ocular pressures stable.

At age twenty-two, I walked across the stage after hearing my name. I had done it — I had earned my Master’s degree. I was beaming; I was glowing. I was prouder than I have probably ever been. And, you guessed it — I still didn’t have my driver’s license.

As I began the process of looking for and applying to jobs, I noticed that the majority of employers required a car and driver’s license. This makes sense where travel is required between offices, I thought, or if home visits are required. But in some instances, it seemed, well… superfluous. I’ve been utilizing public transportation since I was thirteen years old; it’s neither a burden nor does it prevent me from getting to work and being punctual.

What struck me as especially intriguing was the almost always present: “We do not discriminate on basis of religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability….”

Disability.

I’m not sure if I consider my vision impairment a disability or not (the Americans with Disabilities Act does), but that’s beside the point. It is frustrating, and honestly saddening, to have worked so hard for a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and my Licensure — I’m an LMSW — only to see this in job descriptions time and time again.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, this shouldn’t be happening.

Yet it has, and it continues to happen. Cars are not always reliable. They break down. People will always run late. And in this part of the world, inclement weather occurs all too frequently during the winter. I am trying to learn to drive, but it’s taking time, and I’m not sure if it’s ever something I will be fully comfortable with. My safety, and the safety of others, must always come first.

More importantly, however: requiring that someone have a driver’s license and vehicle to get to work is ableist. It discounts the work I, and so many others, have put in. It is discriminatory. And it needs to stop.

Thank you for reading.

[Also on LinkedIn.]