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nurseanesthetist

Monster.com has compiled a list of high-paying jobs that are also ranked high for job satisfaction. No huge surprises here, although I had no idea that nurse anesthetists made so much money. Very nice. The number one job was accounting firm partner. That’s just a quick reminder that “glamour” wasn’t one of the criteria, I suppose.Read More…

alldogsgotoheaven

Why have a theological debate in some boring lecture hall when you can carry one out via billboard signage? That’s transparency in action. Interestingly, I think official Catholic dogma is that animals don’t have souls, whereas Protestants have more latitude on this issue. But in any case, we’re all rooting for Our lady of Martyrs in this clash. (At least all of us dog-lovers are.)Read More…

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‘Tis the season to make predictions for the coming year. Host Phil Bowermaster started looking for what the various experts have to say about best career choices in 2012 and comes up with a few interesting nuggets, as well as some surprising “predictions” for 2012 from years gone by. Phil’s complete list can be found here, along with links to the cited articles. Plus, a round-up of all the topics covered on TR Audio Edition in 2011. Listen to internet radio with PhilBowermaster on Blog Talk Radio Join us live Wednesday December 28at 10PM EST / 7 PM PST or access the show archive via the player above. If you’re having trouble with the player you can also listen at our page on Blog Talk Radio. Our music is Semi-Funk by Kevin MacLeodRead More…

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Last week’s FastForward Radio podcast addressed several topics we’ve been tracking here at TR for the past couple of weeks. Give it a listen. While we’ve written and talked quite a bit about the education bubble over the past few months, a recent announcement from MIT may prove to be a game-changer. Does MITx represent the next stage in the evolution of higher education? Phil and Stephen discuss. Also — does civilization need a better backup strategy? Plus — “tectonic changes” in employment? And, of course, lots of other great future-related topics. FastForward Radio on BTRRead More…

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Technology Review takes us through the “tectonic shifts” occurring in employment (trends we’ve been talking about for some time): The United States faces a protracted unemployment crisis: 6.3 million fewer Americans have jobs than was true at the end of 2007. And yet the country’s economic output is higher today than it was before the financial crisis. Where did the jobs go? Several factors, including outsourcing, help explain the state of the labor market, but fast-advancing, IT-driven automation might be playing the biggest role. There are no easy answers to this problem. Employment is becoming a game of musical chairs in which automation (along with other other drivers) is pulling chairs out of the ring while the tempo of the music gets faster and faster. But the solution (or at least part of the solution) may lie in how the problem is framed in the passage quoted above. We’re producing…

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Glabella

We don’t delve much into fiction here at TR, but I’m sufficiently pleased with the following short story to put it up here as kind of a stocking-stuffer. Anticipation I was suffering from kummerspeck, having always been something of a paper-belly, and my dysania was only somewhat offset by the petrichor wafting through the open window. Now some might say I’m oldfangled, but I prefer to think of myself as bit of a pretzel-bender — I engage in badinage with the best of them; I’m proud of my lawn mullet; I love listening to the crwth; basically, I think of my life as one endless punk day. In any case, our meeting the night before was a moment of pure koi no yokan. I glimpsed her first in profile and, fearing bakku-shan (my last few encounters having been several millihelens short of an Illiad) I whirled her around so that…

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MIT

While we’ve written and talked quite a bit about the education bubble over the past few months, a recent announcement from MIT may prove to be a game-changer.Read More…

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Making sense of our careers (and our lives) is no simple task. Figuring out a next move generally involves asking some fundamental questions: What am I good at? What would I like to do? And, often neglected at significant risk,  what is someone willing to pay me to do? Our guest this week is an expert on transforming life goals into revenue. She explains how individuals and organizations can turn the aspirations that are most important to them into the revenue they need to survive and thrive. About Our Guest Oshana Himot is an author and business and life coach.  She works with companies and entrepreneurs to assist them in achieving their goals.  Oshana belongs to the Institute of Executive Development and is the author of several published articles and 4 digital books. She holds two Masters of Business Administration degrees from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California and…

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libraryburning

One of the tragedies in the history of human learning is the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. There are conflicting accounts of the library’s destruction attributed to various perpetrators, beginning with Julius Caesar in 48 BCE and ending with the Muslim invaders in 642 CE. However it was destroyed, it was a tremendous loss. The Library of Alexandria was the Library of Congress of the ancient world. It is believed that many great works of antiquity —  known to us today only by title, or in quoted fragments, or not at all — were lost for all time. Our knowledge would be richer and, potentially, our path from the ancient world to the modern world would have been shorter and easier, had some of these works survived. This week we see history repeating itself on a smaller scale as another library in Egypt is burned down: Volunteers in white…

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wantads

‘Tis the season to make predictions for the coming year. I started Googling around for what the various experts have to say about best career choices in 2012 and came up with a few interesting nuggets. Some of the search results are new pieces that fall into the category I was thinking of, while others are from 5 years back or more, telling us what things will be like by that amazing, distant year of 2012.  Well, here we are. Let’s have a look. 1. The Best 50 Places To Work In 2012 First, the basics. Now this article only gives you details on the top 5 places to work, but it does provide the names of the other 45. I was not surprised that Google and Facebook both made the cut. I WAS a bit surprised that the top two places to work are consulting firms. The top 50…

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