Oct 242010
 

Young people in their 20s and 30s seem increasingly uninterested in starting the long climb up the ladder of economic respectability. So they’re foregoing employment in favor of staying at home with their parents, moving to India, or robbing convenience stores dressed as Darth Vader.

This New York Times article reminds me of a recent story that the Italian finance minister was willing to offer cold cash to 30-something men who left their mother’s house (and so presumably contributed to the Italian economy, not to mention global overconsumption).

http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=69874bd2032e732d4710b0952b1c4438

They move back in with their parents. They delay beginning careers. Why are so many young people taking so long to grow up?

For those who’ve worn out their welcome on mom’s couch, India’s looking pretty good these days.

http://chronicle.com/article/What-I-Did-When-I-Couldnt/66281/

“It was a bit of a shock, losing all expectations. For years—all my life, really—parents, teachers, and guidance counselors had told me that if I went to a good college and did well, I would be able to find a job after graduation that would, with a little ladder-climbing, keep me comfortable and financially secure. After I graduated in May 2009, in political science, I moved back home to St. Louis to start my career, but there simply were no jobs to be found.

“Over several months, I sent out more than 500 résumés for all sorts of jobs all over the country, but I got only two interviews and no offers.

“I couldn’t find a job, but neither could anyone I knew. Now, more than a year after graduation, most of my college friends still live at home, and many of those who have moved out are borrowing money from their parents to eat and pay rent. A few have internships, but most of those are unpaid, and few are likely to lead to jobs. Two friends who studied psychology for four years now work off the books at a sandwich shop. Another, who got her master’s in development studies from Cambridge, became a barista at Starbucks.

“Some are applying to grad school just to have something to do, but the prospect of racking up thousands more dollars in student debt is crushing. The rest are still looking, sending out résumés, going to career fairs, volunteering for experience, and networking. Some have given up. We are a whole generation graduating into a job market that has no room for us.

“So I moved to India.

“Two years earlier, I had spent a semester abroad in the Nepali-speaking regions of northeastern India, learning the language and culture through a fantastic study-abroad program at Pitzer College. In India, I met Pema Wangchuk, editor and publisher of Sikkim NOW, the most popular local English-language daily newspaper in the state of Sikkim. A couple months into my job hunt, I sent Pema an e-mail asking if he knew anyone who might be interested in hiring a young, enthusiastic American college graduate. “We’d be quite keen to have you here,” he wrote back.

“After lots of e-mails and late-night international phone calls, I got on a plane and went. I had been unemployed for eight months.

“My arrangement with NOW is informal. I help out doing a little photography, a little feature writing, and a lot of copy editing. Native-level English proficiency is a rare skill in much of the developing world. I take garbled press releases from local nongovernmental organizations and government departments, and equally garbled correspondent reports from remote districts of the state, and fix the punctuation, syntax, usage, and spelling to turn them into real news stories.

“I also write feature pieces for our `Sunday edition, interviewing NGO’s about their projects and local experts about social trends. I’m learning a lot about reporting, writing, and running a small newspaper, not to mention life and politics in northeast India and Asia in general. I suspect I am getting more intimate and comprehensive journalism experience here than I would in almost any internship, temp position, or entry-level job that I could have found back in the States.

“In exchange for my work, Pema found me a flat to stay in and arranged for my meals. The cost of living here is so cheap that, with my room and board taken care of, I can live comfortably on around $10 a week. If I were back in the United States, even with the most austere lifestyle, I would be costing my family far more than that by just eating their groceries, running their utilities, and burning their gas….”

And if India doesn’t pan out, there’s always a trusty light saber.

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/10/07/23/1310207/Darth-Vader-Robs-Long-Island-Bank?from=rss via Byline Apparently the destruction of the second Death Star has stretched the Galactic Empire’s coffers so thin that Lord Vader himself is robbing banks. From the article: “Impotent Rebel Alliance security forces tell Newsday (paywall) that Vader marched into a Chase bank in Setauket around 11:30 a.m. today. Brandishing a completely unnecessary handgun—as he had the power to choke the oxygen out every teller’s throat—the fallen Jedi demanded cash.”

Jun 092010
 

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http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/Fa3g3-h6mvA/Chinese-Internet-Addiction-Boot-Camp-Prison-Break

UgLyPuNk writes “A group of inmates at the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they’d had enough of the ‘monotonous work and intensive training.’ Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it. The 14 patients, aged from 15 to 22, hailed a taxi to take them to a nearby town — but were uncovered when the driver took them to the police station instead, suspicious of the identically dressed young men who were unable to pay the fare.”

Jun 092010
 

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/Fa3g3-h6mvA/Chinese-Internet-Addiction-Boot-Camp-Prison-Break

UgLyPuNk writes “A group of inmates at the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they’d had enough of the ‘monotonous work and intensive training.’ Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it. The 14 patients, aged from 15 to 22, hailed a taxi to take them to a nearby town — but were uncovered when the driver took them to the police station instead, suspicious of the identically dressed young men who were unable to pay the fare.”

Jan 092010
 

The upside: you would be working with an internationally recognized bunch of curators and publishers, and that you could do so in your pajamas if you have broadband at home. And an internship looks better on a resume than not having any job at all.

The downside: this definition of “job” does not include the part about being paid.

____________

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Istanbul December-30-2009

SUBJECT Editorial Interns

LEA Internship Opportunities

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is looking for two skilled and enthusiastic recent graduates to join our team. LEA is the international leading publication in art, science and technology part of Leonardo, ISAST and MIT Press family.

We commission new work, produce online and offline exhibitions, publish magazines and special issues as full color PDFs and for Print on Demand. We are also going to be present on Kindle and Tablet.

Sales & Marketing Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Sales & Marketing Manager to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA marketing activities. This will include assisting in the organization and delivery of sales and marketing events, collating online and offline marketing materials, data collection and database management and contacting advertisers. The job will also include contributing to fundraising activities. The candidate should be a graduate or post-graduate interested in arts management and business management or someone interested in working with an international art and science organization.

Project Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Head of Projects to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA projects. These may take the form of commissions, exhibitions, research, education events, talks and special audience development projects.

The suitable candidate should have some knowledge and interest in contemporary art, curatorial studies and the interactions between art, science and technology. An interest in supporting the management of research projects would be welcome.

Both interns will gain practical experience of working within an internationally renowned art organizations and the opportunity to develop transferable skills while working in a stimulating and creative environment.

Please note that these are unpaid positions starting in January 2010, working 2-3 days a week for a 6-month period minimum. The work can be done remotely and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2009 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place via skype in the week beginning February 22, 2010.

Please send a one page cover letter, a one page statement of purpose and a curriculum vitae to: [ mailto:[email protected]][email protected]

For further information please contact Ozden Sahin [email protected] and specify which internship you are interested in.

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is a publication based in Istanbul, Turkey. The Editor in Chief, Lanfranco Aceti, and the Co-editor, Paul Brown, commission new art, science and technology projects, produce exhibitions and publications, and initiate research and education programs.

Jan 092010
 

The upside: you would be working with an internationally recognized bunch of curators and publishers, and that you could do so in your pajamas if you have broadband at home. And an internship looks better on a resume than not having any job at all.

The downside: this definition of “job” does not include the part about being paid.

____________

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Istanbul December-30-2009

SUBJECT Editorial Interns

LEA Internship Opportunities

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is looking for two skilled and enthusiastic recent graduates to join our team. LEA is the international leading publication in art, science and technology part of Leonardo, ISAST and MIT Press family.

We commission new work, produce online and offline exhibitions, publish magazines and special issues as full color PDFs and for Print on Demand. We are also going to be present on Kindle and Tablet.

Sales & Marketing Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Sales & Marketing Manager to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA marketing activities. This will include assisting in the organization and delivery of sales and marketing events, collating online and offline marketing materials, data collection and database management and contacting advertisers. The job will also include contributing to fundraising activities. The candidate should be a graduate or post-graduate interested in arts management and business management or someone interested in working with an international art and science organization.

Project Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Head of Projects to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA projects. These may take the form of commissions, exhibitions, research, education events, talks and special audience development projects.

The suitable candidate should have some knowledge and interest in contemporary art, curatorial studies and the interactions between art, science and technology. An interest in supporting the management of research projects would be welcome.

Both interns will gain practical experience of working within an internationally renowned art organizations and the opportunity to develop transferable skills while working in a stimulating and creative environment.

Please note that these are unpaid positions starting in January 2010, working 2-3 days a week for a 6-month period minimum. The work can be done remotely and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2009 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place via skype in the week beginning February 22, 2010.

Please send a one page cover letter, a one page statement of purpose and a curriculum vitae to: [ mailto:[email protected]][email protected]

For further information please contact Ozden Sahin [email protected] and specify which internship you are interested in.

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is a publication based in Istanbul, Turkey. The Editor in Chief, Lanfranco Aceti, and the Co-editor, Paul Brown, commission new art, science and technology projects, produce exhibitions and publications, and initiate research and education programs.

Jan 092010
 

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The upside: you would be working with an internationally recognized bunch of curators and publishers, and that you could do so in your pajamas if you have broadband at home. And an internship looks better on a resume than not having any job at all.

The downside: this definition of “job” does not include the part about being paid.

____________

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Istanbul December-30-2009

SUBJECT Editorial Interns

LEA Internship Opportunities

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is looking for two skilled and enthusiastic recent graduates to join our team. LEA is the international leading publication in art, science and technology part of Leonardo, ISAST and MIT Press family.

We commission new work, produce online and offline exhibitions, publish magazines and special issues as full color PDFs and for Print on Demand. We are also going to be present on Kindle and Tablet.

Sales & Marketing Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Sales & Marketing Manager to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA marketing activities. This will include assisting in the organization and delivery of sales and marketing events, collating online and offline marketing materials, data collection and database management and contacting advertisers. The job will also include contributing to fundraising activities. The candidate should be a graduate or post-graduate interested in arts management and business management or someone interested in working with an international art and science organization.

Project Internship We are looking for an intern to work with our Head of Projects to assist in the planning, production and delivery of LEA projects. These may take the form of commissions, exhibitions, research, education events, talks and special audience development projects.

The suitable candidate should have some knowledge and interest in contemporary art, curatorial studies and the interactions between art, science and technology. An interest in supporting the management of research projects would be welcome.

Both interns will gain practical experience of working within an internationally renowned art organizations and the opportunity to develop transferable skills while working in a stimulating and creative environment.

Please note that these are unpaid positions starting in January 2010, working 2-3 days a week for a 6-month period minimum. The work can be done remotely and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2009 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place via skype in the week beginning February 22, 2010.

Please send a one page cover letter, a one page statement of purpose and a curriculum vitae to: [ mailto:[email protected]][email protected]

For further information please contact Ozden Sahin [email protected] and specify which internship you are interested in.

LEA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac is a publication based in Istanbul, Turkey. The Editor in Chief, Lanfranco Aceti, and the Co-editor, Paul Brown, commission new art, science and technology projects, produce exhibitions and publications, and initiate research and education programs.