Fast Company recently carried a story about a computer science graduate of the University of California, Davis, and her first employer, InfoSys of India. An excerpt from the company's website follows:
Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY) provides consulting and IT services to clients globally - as partners to conceptualize and realize technology driven business transformation initiatives. With over 66,000 employees worldwide, we use a low-risk Global Delivery Model (GDM) to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability.
As one of the pioneers in strategic offshore outsourcing of software services, Infosys has leveraged the global trend of offshore outsourcing. Even as many software outsourcing companies were blamed for diverting global jobs to cheaper offshore outsourcing destinations like India and China, Infosys was recently applauded by Wired magazine for its unique offshore outsourcing strategy — it singled out Infosys for turning the outsourcing myth around and bringing jobs back to the US.
Critical Thinking: Part Skill, Part Mindset And Totally Up to You is the title of a column by Sharon Begley in the October 20 2006 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
It is a wonderful piece that begins with a story about a mother who lost her son in the sea. Nearly 14 years later, an impostor comes forward as her son and although the evidence is compelling that he is not her son, she embraces him. He was found guilty later.
The article explores why even reasonable people sometimes abandon critical thinking.
In an interview to Time Magazine on November 13, 2006 (pg 141), Madonna responded to the question, "Is being Madonna still as fun as it used to be?" in the following way:
Fun? Oh, I don't know. Fun's kind of an over-rated word. It's not smooth sailing by any means, but I enjoy a great deal of it; otherwise, I wouldn't do it. But I also know that if you're going to try and change things, you'd better be prepared to find yourself in the headquarters of hell. That's just how it works. .... When you are p___ing people off, you're often doing the right thing. what I hope I's doing better now than I used to do is picking the right battles to fight and not just being provocative for the sake of being provocative."
Pick the right battles.
Stand up and fight for what you believe in.
Keep marching forward.
The Internet has lulled job-seekers into thinking that with a few mouse clicks the perfect offer will show up in their mailbox. Those who have been in the job market will enthusiastically attest to the fact that Internet job searches are anything but easy. In fact, the Internet has made it more difficult, not easy, for employers and job seekers to find one another. Somewhat like the dating game it is confusing and downright painful. The rules of the game are arbitrary and mysterious and while both (employer and employee) claim to enthusiastically seek the other with open arms, neither is finding the experience pleasant nor productive. Over the next few weeks, I will critique the career websites of several Fortune 100 firms and show how some firms may be turning off potential employees! Share your experiences about on-line job searches.
Open the Chronicle of Higher Ed and other such higher education journals and there are plenty of openings for tenure-track positions.This does not mean that it is easy to find a job! Finding a job of your liking in a school of your choice is both an art and a science.
Candidates are anixous and eager to find an ideal job. Search Committees, on the other hand, tell horror stories about candidates, from the arrogant to the flippant, from the well-prepared to the clueless, that could have had the job had they not blundered their way through the interview. Having served on more Search Committees than I care to confess, here are a few thoughts for the newly minted Ph.D. seeking the perfect job, or just a job.
Letterman style, here is a list of Top 10 Things to do to get your ideal job!