Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STEM STEM STEM--Maybe not the whole answer

Science Technology Engineering Math--this is now dubbed STEM. All the pols and pundits say we need more STEM grads.

According to the Census Bureau, though, three-quarters of those with a Bachelor's in a STEM field are not working in that field.

Yet, unemployment for STEM grads is lower that for the general population of workers--3.6% of those between 25 and 64 are out of a job, compared with 6.1% for the rest.

Yet--these are not necessarily working a STEM job. Engineers are most likely to be, but the supply of those is 50% more than the demand.

So what to do with this information? If you are gifted in a STEM area, pursue your passion. If it does not appeal, don't force it.

What do you think?

I still think it beats gender studies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Don't be like fish

Be welcomed back...
Like fish, houseguests, the say goes, begin to stink in three days.

Lizzie Post. WSJ, July 17, 2014, has some tips for being a good and welcome guest.

People often go to the beach in summer--and their friends also want to go to the beach. So the guest thing jumps off.

First, don't bring steamer trunks of stuff--just the minimum. Ask ahead what activities might be planned.

If the hosts want to spend time with you, don't make a lot of other plans and run off every day.

If you have special foods, bring those. Bring your own toiletries.

If the host has kids, offer to babysit one evening.

Bring an appropriate gift--if they don't drink much, don't bring wine and guzzle it down yourself. Maybe a coffee table book on a interest the host has. Or some soaps.

Offer to help--but some people don't want help, so catch the drift.

Also--tidy up and don't snoop!

Follow up with a thank you note. A note, not an email or text. Text--very gauche.

Once we stayed in a condo on the beach and somehow some sugar was on the table when we left--ants marched in. The condo owner was not amused. Good-bye condo!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some more equal than others?

There has been buzz recently about women in Silicon Valley getting crude treatment from the little boy geniuses.

This is about perks, though. Rachel Feintzeig (WSJ, July 16, 2014), says the tech industry is famous for snacks, booze and free dry cleaning--but these perks are now being scaled back and not offered as often to sales people and non-developers.

Redfin, for instance, has both developers and real estate agents. The agents, used to commissions, love the perks such as big monitors and sushi lunches.

But now they are getting entitled--asking for gym memberships and the like.

If it were me, I would not expect the grape-peeling to last forever or to be for everyone.

In other words, code writers will be sushi biters and the rest will bring tuna from home.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Why we hoard

I hate fussing with the TV remote and happening on those sickening hoarder shows--tunnels cut through debris stacked high, roaches and rats.

But you can still hold on too long--short of that. I am a tosser--my daughter is a "might needer."

Melinda Beck, WSJ, July 8, 2014, helps us categorize our neuroses hoarding-wise.

First, there are those who want to hang onto the way things were. Old trophies and triumphs, pictures of old pets (but not the bodies).

Sizes you might wear again sometime.

Stuff you bought to feel better and never wore.

ADHD leftovers--half-done hobbies, anything resulting from lack of focus.

Stuff you know you may need again even if you never will.

Weird stuff that might be valuable again as an antique--say, 8 Track.

For may people clutter distresses--but so does getting rid of things.

Hoarding in the extreme sense is now a psychiatric disorder.

How about people who are too lazy to cart things to the dumpter--or lack upper body strength--or their knees hurt?

Think about how much someone else would love and could use the item.

One woman said she didn't need a professional organizer--she had already separated everything into bins--just not trash bins.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peace Corps cutting

Maybe these Millennials have the right idea. They are impatient with paperwork.

Applying for the Peace Corps used to require a 60-page form--it took eight hours and tons of research.

Even completing it gave people mythical status--you did?

Now the darn form has been shortened and streamlined.

Participants may be more choice of countries to which they will go.

You will no longer wait a year to find out where you will be stationed.

One volunteer said it you could not wait a year, you probably weren't patient enough to be in the Peace Corps.

So inefficiency is a test?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The future of your looks

Sorry--come back when you are more unique.
I was going to write about the job market, but decided on that great guru Tyra Banks instead. In the July 8, 2014, WSJ, she speculates on the future of personal appearance..

In the future, she says, there will be changes in beauty and how people attain it. Beauty will be less coveted and uniqueness more desired.

Plastic surgery will be like going to the drugstore for Tylenol. The emphasis will be on looking unique--well, I see some unique looks on that E! show called BOTCHED, about plastic surgery in need of correction.

Hourglass figures will be the body type people want--indicating wealth.

You will pick your baby's features. Blue and green will be so common, dark brown will be coveted.

Skin color and features will blend into a Rihanna look. Alabaster white and ebony black will be the unique choice.

Oh--this blending will also eliminate prejudice. Whew.

Models will be obsolete--unique looking avatars will show clothes.

Women will also be in charge and live until they are 120.

Tyra--you go girl!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HS students try out being a doctor or EMT

Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill, has a branch here in the Valley of the Sun.

They offer an eight-day Health Careers Institute for HS students.

From 9:00-4:00, students get intense workshops in anatomy, physiology, and introductory skills for a number of health professions.

Covered are emergency medicine, sports medicine, drug abuse, and others.

There is a trip to a hospital and mock rescue exercises.

Emphasis is on what courses you need to take to get your dream health job.

The program is free.

Beats camp if you are considering a health career. If you don't like it--this is the time to find that out.