Amusing Sign of the Day

On the way home from work, I saw a vagrant with the ever-familiar cardboard and permanent ink sign. It read:

“Dumb & Useless.  Spare change? ¢/$ = <happy face>”

Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why the Labour Market Sucks

This made me really sad today: McDonald’s experience counts more than university degree

While it is written with a Swedish perspective in mind, the circumstances are hardly that much different here in Canada. It continues to baffle the mind seeing all these job listings in a whole bunch of different fields that look for university education but ultimately have little regard for it anyway. So many of them also look for various job-specific training that one would assume would be offered by the employer. But instead, many employers are divesting the responsibility of training future employees onto the candidates themselves. It appears to me that many of these jobs have decided that it’s better not to consider how well educated these individuals are or how much time and resources they’ve committed already to a particular field, or even the potential for equivalencies.

So what’s the motive behind this? Passing the onus of training onto the candidate employee whilst still demanding a formal education seems like an employer that wants to defer the costs of training to the candidates. From a business standpoint, it makes sense, but to anyone on the outside, it seems like a massive cop-out. Spent alot already? Well, get set to spend some more if you really want this job… It all makes for a labour market that is very pro-employer and almost anti-employee.

And I’m not even going to get started on the work experience paradox.

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone’s been enjoying their Easter weekend. Here, it was much the same as every year, having relatives over for the big feast and all. But there’s one thing I have to say about this time of year: hasn’t this become one of the most screwed-up holidays ever?

Now really, what does a rabbit have to do with anything surrounding the Crucifiction? To me, it’s always been about the corporate imagery, regardless of whether or not it started that way. Keep the kids identifying with some gift-bearing being of nebulous origins versus its real meaning, push the chocolate angle and we can turn this into another Christmas!

And really, you’d almost think that’s what is happening. I saw in a mall recently a line-up of kids waiting to get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. In the news recently was word of a school in Rhode Island, USA, where they’ve banned the Easter Bunny altogether because it was felt his religious symbolism was too strong. He has since been renamed Peter Rabbit.

Man, this is boggling my mind even whilst writing this. I think I need some more chocolate…

(For a real funny look at the Easter holiday involving a fish and Lincoln Logs, check out Bill Hicks’ Rant In E Minor.)

Published in: on April 9, 2007 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment