You may have recently seen an incredible photo of solo free climber Alex Honnold.
The similar image on the right here shows an amazing climber – but what Alex does is even more amazing.
Take a look at the photo of him – he’s standing on a tiny ledge half way up a nearly one-kilometre-high cliff – with absolutely no climbing equipment whatsoever.
Understandably, he’s been described as the best climber of a generation.
But…this is a blog about careers…what’s the link?
Well – Alex talks about risk and consequence. For him, the risk of falling is very low as he knows what he’s doing. The consequence of falling is extreme – of course.
Interesting discussion, which is just as relevant in New Zealand where science and engineering is being pushed ahead of arts subjects. Have you experienced this sort of attitude?
Originally posted on Omnivoice:
Of course, my behaviour was just as I said, jesting. My Dad was actually immensely supportive of whichever subjects or career paths that both I, and my siblings applied ourselves to. Which is possibly why, through my application process in sixth form, researching my chosen courses, and indeed upon my arrival at university, I was quite taken aback by the apparent elitism among the varying disciplines, even those taught at the same institution.
Nearing the end of 2013, round about the time I started my first year as an English and Communications student, I read an article citing how David Cameron wanted to end the ‘snobbery around Mickey Mouse degrees’. In saying students now demand certain expectations of their course so no subject can be labelled ‘Mickey Mouse’, he may have been merely attempting to justify and detract attention from the Conservative’s uncapping of tuition fees. But, Cameron does assert a rather valid point regarding the elitism that pervades all levels of university education.
To me, this elitism was most palpable during exam time, a period unquestionably tough for all students studying at University. Whilst I was preparing to the best of my ability for my first set of exams in higher education, I found the notion that my subject area required little or no preparation inaccurate, belittling and upsettingly propagated by a large amount of student social media.
His first job was only a ridiculous 2 hours’ work. On a Sunday morning. And it was at 8am. And it was outside – surveying traffic. And it was raining.
And it wasn’t just raining – it was a horrible winter storm.
However, he wrapped up (in about eight layers) and went off to do the work. None of the other casual surveyors even turned up.
What an awful waste of time – or was it?
You’ve found a job, sent in your CV. You sit back and wait for a response and… nothing.
Many CVs are never seen by human eyes. An increasing number of employers use software to parse information from your CV and map it to a database called an Applicant Tracking System.
From the information you provide, the system will assign you a score based on how well you match the position description and then it will rank and sort all candidates.
Naturally, those with the highest scores move on, while the rest probably never get a reply.
It’s all about the money, money, money
Then register with Student Job Search to find work so you don’t run out of
Save moolah by making use of all the student discounts everywhere. Studentcard is a good place to start, but check out what your student union has to offer.
Originally posted on Communication & Careers:
Say what you will about hip hop music or hip hop culture, but it saved my life. I started out doing radio where I played (primarily) hip hop, rode those coattails and my talent to a spot with one of the highest trafficked hip hop sites in the world and used the skills I learned there to help launch ambitious online ventures, rebuild others and tell stories on the public relations side of things.
Ain’t life grand?