In Aeon, a developer reflects on the value of what he does. (Thanks to Katherine, Jon, and The Awl for the pointers, and putting this on our weekend reading list!)
I don’t understand how I have such bad luck. Everyone I know is getting jobs, and I’ve been applying for jobs for over a year and I’ve gotten no jobs. Interviews, but no jobs. Statistically it seems impossible that I haven’t had one single job offer. Is it impossible?
Fast Company’s list of the 100 most creative people in business includes people like data genius Nate Silver, and Liz Muller the director of concept design at Starbucks, but we’re more interested in numbers 13. Connie Britton and 80. Callie Khouri because Nashville is on hiatus until the second season begins next fall and we’ll take what we can get for now.
At Buffer, “a 10-person startup that allows users to schedule social media updates,” founder Joel Gascoigne earns $118,000 a year and he’s perfectly okay that everyone in his company knows that. That’s because Gascoigne has a policy of “defaulting to transparency” which means all 10 of the employees at his company knows what everyone is earning—each person’s salary is posted to an internal wiki.
Over at Reddit: “Since it’s taboo to ask IRL, what do you guys do and how much do you make? How much do you have saved up?” Devoid of context, most of the answers aren’t that interesting and are actually kind of frustrating to me, but if you’re in the mood for a little bit of voyeurism but not a lot of voyuerism, havvvvveeee at it.
Quitting your job won’t fix your life.