i have mixed feelings about this. i don't agree that there isn't a market for people who can write a sentence well. It's just that English IS a concept skill, not an endpoint in an of itself. there's nothing wrong with learning all of those principles and then applying to say, non-profit project management. oh, but the major doesn't prepare you with the practical skills, you say? no major really does. a business major doesn't teach you the actual paperwork needed to start a business. a marketing or communications major doesn't teach you how to use a blast email program or a customer relations database. a systems engineer doesn't know all the things required to run a helpdesk either. even lawyers don't learn anything practical during law school. it's up to their firm to teach them court procedures. Yes, people do have to take the abstract knowledge that they gained and apply those concepts to something concrete that they can be paid for, and they have to do it on their own. why should the college have to do that for them? isn't that the point of a liberal arts education in the first place? to learn independent critical thinking so that we CAN do and learn those kind of specific things after college, when we're on our own?
yeah, um, i have to forecefully disagree with the notion that people should go "all out" with giving or expecting gifts for a graduation. a) it's certainly NOT egalitarian - and in many ways, much more biased to the wealthy. b) it relies on the same faulty assumption as wedding registries - that one is supposed to blindly fund the life desired by the recipients. that's not being an adult - that's a letter to santa with your christmas list. give gifts to people YOU want to give gifts to, and give them what YOU want to give according to your relationship.
@3jane been using peapod for a couple years now and i second all of that. i find i'm way better at grocery shopping on a budget when i can zero in on the sale items online, and then look at everything in my cart and discard the less needed stuff before i check out if i find the total is too high.
i have an automatic transfer set up from my checkign to my savings account. one thing i do to combat lifestyle creep when I get a raise is to up the transfer by whatever amount my paycheck is increasing. that way i never even get the chance to think about the fact that more 'spendable' money is coming into my checking account.
@chic noir i think this is a great idea. it totally worked with me and eating healthier. i gave myself 3 meals a week to splurge on whatever i wanted. knowing i had 'breaks' made it easier to resist the french fries and fancy cheeses rest of the time.
super hate open plan. noisy, plus crammed like sardines. unless the uber-boss is actually sitting elbow to elbow with you instead of in an office, open plan is your management saying "we don't trust you and we'd rather save money on office space than worry about your satisfaction.
yeah, you need a linkedin profile if you are in any kind of business field - tech, marketing, management, finance- even non-profit/association. at my org, even if we didn't recruit you from there, it's the first place people go to check you out.
I don't think you can blanket-statement it that way. i mean, personally i hate any kind of DM service, so in my book that wouldn't be a preferred way of communicating. But everybody's got their own preferences so if you're serious you've got to embrace them all to an extent and find out what's best for getting a hold of the people whose attention you want.
@pernickety seriously, i'm the daughter of a lawyer, so i spent a lot of time around them growing up and had a lot of friends become lawyers in the last 10 years. i have never, EVER heard a lawyer say this.
@stuffisthings that's the only good one in the whole DC bit. but it's good enough to go a long way