NYTimes – How Not to Get a Job

What do a fragrance designer, New York City cop, bed-and-breakfast manager and youth hockey coach have in common?

Each of them recently applied for an account director position at my public relations firm, along with 500 others whose experience and skill sets ranged from vaguely on-point to off-the-charts irrelevant. Auto collections manager? Home health aide? Visual merchandiser? Count them all in.

It’s not that my postings on Indeed, LinkedIn and other career sites weren’t explicit in outlining desired qualifications. I added instructions urging candidates to contact us only if they had backgrounds in journalism, P.R. or law. There was nothing to suggest I was looking for a fiscal benefits analyst, emergency medical technician or brand ambassador, but they showed up anyway.

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80,000 hours – Career reviews : Working at effective non-profits

Working at non-profits is widely seen as one of the best options for making a difference with your career.

According to a list put out by salary website PayScale, non-profit executive director is the fifth-best job for people who want to make a positive change in the world, and 95% of non-profit leaders say they are confident their work makes the world a better place.

But we think this path is often overrated.

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KM4Dev – Liberating Structures App

When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?

If YES, we have found this is the kind of organization and community that people want to be part of. AND, Liberating Structures help make it happen.

While there will always be some justification for blaming leaders (or professors and administrators in education), the more compelling and useful explanation is not that people involved are bad, stupid or incompetent, but rather that the practices they have all learned are neither adapted to today’s realities nor designed to achieve the ideals listed above.

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80’000 hours – Why the ideas you’ve heard for doing good with your career aren’t the best

Many people think of Superman as a hero. But he may be the greatest example of underutilised talent in all of fiction. It was a blunder to spend his life fighting crime one case at a time; if he’d thought a little more creatively, he could have done far more good. How about delivering vaccines to everyone in the world at superspeed? That would have eradicated most infectious disease, saving hundreds of millions of lives.

Here we’ll argue that a lot of people who want to “make a difference” with their career fall into the same trap as Superman. College graduates imagine becoming doctors or teachers – careers that help people directly. But these may not be the best fit for their particular skills. And like Superman fighting crime, these paths can often only help a limited number of people at once.

In contrast, Nobel Prize winner Karl Landsteiner discovered blood groups, enabling hundreds of millions of life-saving operations. He would have never been able to carry out that many surgeries himself.

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80’000 hours – These skills make you most employable. Coding isn’t one – can that be right?

Which job skills will make you most employable?

Most data-driven analyses of this question that you might see in the media only look at which skills boost income or help you get a job.

But this isn’t all that matters. A skill could be highly paid, but only useful in a narrow range of jobs, giving you few options if you change your mind about what to do. A skill could also be highly paid right now, but at risk of being automated in the long-term. And ultimately people care about job satisfaction, and that is not much increased by higher income.

We teamed up with Tee Ponsukcharoen, a Fellow from Insight Data Science, to try to make a better analysis. As well as looking at income, we rated skills on satisfaction, risk of automation, and breadth of applicability.

The results were surprising. People assume that advancing technology means that coding and other STEM skills will be most valuable in the future. But our analysis found the opposite. Rather, the skills that gain the most from changing technology are social, analytical and management skills.

In the rest of the article, we explain our analysis, explore other relevant data, and come to a conclusion on which skills to learn (spoiler: don’t drop out of your coding course just yet!).

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NZZ – Die Fünfte Schweiz : Weshalb die Zahl der Auslandschweizer rasant zunimmt

Während vier Wochen hat die NZZ Einblicke in die Geschichte und in ausgewählte Milieus von Auslandschweizern vermittelt. Die punktuelle Reise hat von London, das ein Mekka für junge und ältere Kreative ist, in einem grossen Bogen über drei Kontinente zurück nach Europa geführt, nach Genf. Dort ist der Umzug von Schweizern in den französischen Teil der Agglomeration alltäglich und gleichzeitig konfliktiv, weil sich etliche von ihnen um die Anmeldung in Frankreich foutieren.

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devex – Kate Gilmore : 3 tips for women on reaching the top in development

As one of the most influential women at the United Nations and a former director of Amnesty International Australia, Kate Gilmore knows first hand what it takes to make it to the top in a sector in which the vast majority of senior positions are still held by men. Speaking exclusively to Devex, Gilmore shared her advice for aspiring female humanitarian leaders.

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SRF – Fiese AHV-Fallen: Weniger Rente nach Auslandsaufenthalt

Es ist eine gemeine Falle: Arbeitet ein Ehepaar einige Jahre im Ausland, gibt es unter Umständen weniger AHV. Doppelt fies: Die Betroffenen erfahren dies erst zum Zeitpunkt der Pensionierung. Und dann ist es für einen Ausgleich längst spät. «Kassensturz» zeigt, wie Rentenkürzungen vermieden werden.

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