Should Everyone Work Retail At Least Once?

We should behave well to bus drivers and toll booth operators and flight attendants too, right, even if we’ve never worked in those fields. It shouldn’t take first-hand experience to make us better at being fellow human beings.


Link Roundup: What Can Be Stolen & What Can’t; Women in Tech

“So far, no company has found a solution for retaining women.”


“There is no crying on the private wealth management floor”

Julissa Arce, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, fought — and occasionally bluffed — her way up through the ranks at Goldman Sachs.


How an Entry-level Investment Banker Does Money

“The general finance mentality is that you don’t spend a lot of money during the week, so during the weekend — the weekends that they are not working — they like to spend a lot. They want to get a girlfriend or just hook up with girls, and it takes money to go out and meet girls.”


National Adjunct Walkout Day Is Coming

The first National Adjunct Walkout Day is scheduled for February 25. Whether this becomes the first annual National Adjunct Walkout Day is probably dependent on how things go next week. As The Atlantic notes, “under some state laws governing unions and strikes, adjunct professors can’t actually walk out of classrooms without risking their jobs—so many campuses are organizing alternative activities instead.” Inside Higher Ed adds a bit more detail:

California doesn’t prohibit strikes among most kinds of public employees. The California Part-Time Faculty Association, which is not technically a union but represents the interests of more than 40,000 adjunct community college instructors, is organizing a day for action in Sacramento. University Professional and Technical Employees, a Communication Workers of America-affiliated union representing adjuncts at three state colleges, is hiring a bus for the occasion. Community college adjuncts in the San Diego area are planning teach-ins. But these efforts are all distinct from strikes.

The Atlantic also cites an article from Campus Safety Magazine that urges campus security to prepare for National Adjunct Walkout Day by, among other things, determining the “minimum threshold for using force” and making sure officers have flex-cuffs ready in the event that they will need to take protesters to jail.


Should I Apply for This Job?

My friend Tim likes to send me links to job listings he’s considering and ask my opinion about whether he should apply. Pretty much without fail, my answer is yes (or really, YES!). There is always something—he’s not sure he wants to work for such a large company, or he’s worried that the hours will be too long, or he’s not sure if he’s really ready to leave his current job. But the thing is, it doesn’t matter. He should just apply!


Money for Poetry

When I had realized (years before and to my great dismay) that I liked writing poetry, it felt nothing like the proverbial dream that people are urged to follow.


When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, The Office Picks Up The Slack

What a great time to be a woman in the workforce! You’re free to rise as high as you can, as long as you’re also cool with taking on additional feminine responsibilities pro bono — such as mentoring younger women, taking notes, and “bringing cupcakes” (??) — and also taking the terrible jobs no one else wants because you’re fat.


Working According to Our Circadian Rhythms

Here’s my ideal work schedule: Wake up at 6:30 a.m., and start reading the news while having a cup of coffee.