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Is Your Job a Bunch of B.S.? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Bullshit Jobs A Theory By David Graeber Published 05.15.2018 Simon & Schuster 368 Pages"
book  review  work  labor  jobs  bullshit  purpose  meaning  economics 
may 2018 by tsuomela
The Elephant in the Seminar Room: Should the PhD Be Saved? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Graduate School Mess What Caused It and How We Can Fix It By Leonard Cassuto Published 09.14.2015 Harvard University Press 320 Pages"
book  review  education  phd  graduate-school  reform  academia  work  jobs 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Skill Gaps, Skill Shortages and Skill Mismatches:Evidence for the US
"Concerns that there are problems with the supply of skills, especially education-related skills, in the US labor force have exploded in recent years with a series of reports from employer-associated organizations but also from independent and even government sources making similar claims. These complaints about skills are driving much of the debate around labor force and education policy, yet they have not been examined carefully. The discussion below examines the range of these charges as well as other evidence about skills in the labor force. There is very little evidence consistent with the complaints about skills and a wide range of evidence suggesting that they are not true. Indeed, a reasonable conclusion is that over-education remains the persistent and even growing situation of the US labor force with respect to skills. I consider three possible explanations for the employer complaints as well as the implications associated with those changes."
economics  jobs  labor  skills  education  skill-development 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Philosophers' Mail
"The man is indeed employed, but in truth, he belongs to a large subsection of those in work we might term the 'misemployed'. His labour is generating capital, but it is making no contribution to human welfare and flourishing. He is joined in the misemployment ranks by people who make cigarettes, addictive but sterile television shows, badly designed condos, ill-fitting and shoddy clothes, deceptive advertisements, artery-clogging biscuits and highly-sugared drinks (however delicious). The rate of misemployment in the economy might be very high. "
employment  unemployment  jobs  work  misemployment  human-resources  labor 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Here's How to Keep the Robots From Stealing Our Jobs | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
"When the accepted rationale for the firm becomes less compelling, what will take its place? Or will large corporations simply disappear over time? Well, we believe there is still a reason for large firms to exist, but those reasons will be very different from today’s (and definitely from yesterday’s). The reason for the firm to exist now? Talent development. Firms will exist so that workers can learn and grow much faster than they could on their own. Now, that’s easy to say but harder to implement. Especially because scalable efficiency — and the predictability it requires — is profoundly hostile to scalable learning. Learning, talent development, and creativity require risk-taking and a tolerance of failure."
automation  robots  business  jobs  work  labor  talent  future  economics  alienation 
december 2013 by tsuomela
Late Afternoon of the (Academic) Elites | Easily Distracted
"So let’s take the one small corner of American life that’s at stake in the exchange between Bérubé and his commenter: the training, hiring, and continuing employment of faculty in higher education."
academia  work  meritocracy  jobs  phd  fairness 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Paul Krugman is Wrong about the Rise of the Robots « econfuture | Future Economics and Technology
"I think there is a fundamental problem with this way of thinking: as jobs and incomes are relentlessly automated away, the bulk of consumers will lack the income necessary to drive the demand that is critical to economic growth."
economics  robotics  automation  jobs  work  labor  future 
january 2013 by tsuomela
U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there - The Washington Post
Although jobs in some high-tech areas, especially computer and petroleum engineering, seem to be booming, the market is much tighter for lab-bound scientists — those seeking new discoveries in biology, chemistry and medicine.
science  sts  economics  work  labor  employment  research  development  jobs 
july 2012 by tsuomela
In praise of strategic complacency : home cooked theory
"Mentoring in the professional neoliberal workplace of is one of those classic words that can be used to invoke or simulate institutional benevolence when there is actually a waning of reciprocity in the employment relation. "
work  advice  school  phd  graduate-school  academia  mentor  jobs 
may 2012 by tsuomela
What happens when you get more Ph.D.s?
"This study offers an important policy lesson. Training more Ph.D.s in some targeted areas might fail to improve research output in these areas. In this instance, supply-side economics fails. It might be preferable to create new research jobs instead and attract the Ph.D.s with better salaries."
phd  academia  work  jobs 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Communicating between the Academic and Non-Academic Worlds « Ph.D. Octopus
"However, from talking to numerous faculty members and academics from a variety of institutions, it has become clear to me that a central problem remains: none of these extra-curricular activities matter when a job search committee determines which graduate student to invite for an interview, and they do not matter for tenure. These facts make it subtly clear that, as a whole, the modern American academy expresses a keen indifference toward the relationship between academic knowledge and the public interest/public good"
academia  crisis  jobs  work  labor  expertise  public  public-understanding  communication 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Hard Truths and a Heavy Heart for the Humanities « Ph.D. Octopus
"If we are going to be serious about helping the academic humanities survive into the 21st century, we need to make the dissertation (a little) less rigorous, but make graduate schools harder to get into, by cutting the number of slots, even of entire departments. That way, only the very best students (ideally) will pursue PhDs, but those who do will likely finish and may actually have tenure-track jobs awaiting them. The most committed and most talented students will get a greater proportion of the financial and faculty support universities can provide. Fewer students will be around to teach, but since there will be fewer programs, they will congregate around top faculty, creating very high level intellectual communities. Yes, it’s elitist and “meritocratic,” insofar as any of this is meritocratic and not purely subjective (another debate altogether). But I can’t think of any other good solution."
academia  humanities  phd  education  jobs  markets  work 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Why we're seeing the ugly new face of capitalism - The Globe and Mail
"In contest after contest, business is getting what it wants: lower taxes and lower wages. But their victories are just making it harder for families and communities to get on with their business.

The snatch-and-grab ethos that has emerged in the wake of the global economic crisis may fatten an individual corporation's bottom line
economics  capitalism  politics  jobs  work 
february 2012 by tsuomela
How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy: Virginia Postrel - Bloomberg
"The students who come out of school without jobs aren’t, for the most part, starry-eyed liberal arts majors but rather people who thought a degree in business, graphic design or nursing was a practical, job-oriented credential. Even the latest target of Internet mockery, a young woman the New York Times recently described as studying for a master’s in communication with hopes of doing public relations for a nonprofit, is in what she perceives as a job-training program.

The higher-education system does have real problems, including rising tuition prices that may not pay off in higher earnings. But those problems won’t be solved by assuming that if American students would just stop studying stupid subjects like philosophy and art history and buckle down and major in petroleum engineering (the highest-paid major), the economy would flourish and everyone would have lucrative careers.

That message not only ignores what students actually study. It also disregards the diversity and dynamism of the economy, in good times as well as bad."
education  economics  jobs  work  humanities 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Jo and Julie
"If you’re trying to figure out if you should stay in academia or go, we’ve got some things that might help."
careers  jobs  academia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
News: 'No More Plan B' - Inside Higher Ed
"In this environment, Grafton and Grossman write that the idea of working outside academe needs to be basic to all discussions with graduate students, from the time they look at programs to their dissertation defenses. But history departments also need to consider "bigger" changes than just talking about options, and those changes, the statement argues, should include adjustments in the doctoral curriculum."
academia  work  jobs  humanities  history  phd  career 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Unemployment, scarring & well-being
"There’s a trade-off between a flexible labour market, in which there are high rates of job loss and creation, and personal well-being. You can’t have both. "
unemployment  economics  well-being  psychology  jobs  work  labor 
october 2011 by tsuomela
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