Summary of “The Dream Job Is a Myth. Focus Instead on Living Your Best Life.”

For the millions of people who don’t know what they want to do, this can be major source of embarrassment and shame.
The best predictor? We should speak to other people who currently do what we’re considering.
The people in our network influence us and our entire community.
Can we have successful lives without people? Let’s consider those closest to each of us.
People starting a new job always seem to say the same things when they describe why they’re enjoying the change.
Speaking of things people always say, here’s an obnoxious quote I hear almost constantly: “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is beautifully inspirational but unrealistic.
Maybe a handful of people in the world can achieve this zen, but any job comes with a few terrible aspects.
We might admire people who travel for work but then find it’s never what we expected if we end up on the road for a job.

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Summary of “6 Facts That Will Clear Up Your Confusing Life”

I got a degree in broadcast journalism, failed in that field after less than two years, took a series of minimum-wage office jobs, attempted to go back to college, washed out, put myself deep in debt to earn several PC repair certifications, failed to get a job doing that, all the while spending 30-40 hours of my spare time writing comedy on the internet for no pay.
In the few years before Cracked hired me as an editor, I had gotten turned down for jobs working in a Social Security office and a UPS warehouse, and considered myself lucky to have worked my way up to being the lowest-level supervisor in an insurance company’s data entry center.
You know what? In this ridiculous job, I’ve wound up using every bit of that shit.
The ability to research and fact-check, write on a deadline, create and manage spreadsheets, give clear quality control feedback, and to adapt to an industry that abruptly changes every six months.
Hkuchera/iStockAnd there’s nothing like learning to fight off genital-eating wolves to prep you for online feedback.
As far as I can tell, that’s all you can do – keep trying, keep learning from your mistakes, keep listening to other people in order to learn from theirs.
Most importantly of all, realize that you’re not lost in the woods waiting for your life to start.
This is your life, and some of the shit you hate now is the same shit you’ll miss later.

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Summary of “Apple Park’s Tree Whisperer”

The encounter would lead to Muffly becoming the senior arborist at Apple, Inc., in charge of choosing, locating and planting the 9,000 trees that justify Apple’s choice to call its 175-acre campus a park - and in making Apple Park a leaf-and-blossom tribute to the CEO who designed it but would not live to see it built.
Muffly had come to the Cupertino office not long after receiving a cold call on his phone while working a $125 job pruning lemon trees in a Menlo Park backyard.
“That’s what I’ve been doing - planting fruit trees, oak trees,” he said.
“There was a kind of tree that I wanted to use and one that was more common,” says Muffly.
Because the trees they plant might well live a century or more, Muffly suggested they use native trees as the backbone of the ecosystem and then diversify to other oak genetics.
When Jobs presented his plan to the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, he said that Apple would add to the 3,700 existing trees for a total of 6,000.
Muffly looked at the redwoods at some abandoned Christmas tree farms up on Skyline, but the soil was too rocky to grow them to Apple’s specifications.
“So I sent all my little tree elves to help me, telling them we need big trees we can transport to the site. Next thing I know we’re finding these in two abandoned Christmas tree farms in the Mojave Desert, Yermo, and Adelanto. Who knew there were Christmas tree farms in the Mojave?” Apple actually bought the Yermo site.

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Summary of “How To Avoid Burnout: 3 Secrets From Research”

From The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It:. three things happen: you become chronically exhausted; you become cynical and detached from your work; and you feel increasingly ineffective on the job.
Work engagement significantly increased and teachers’ burnout significantly decreased after vacation.
So what gives? What is burnout really? Where does it come from? And what do we have to do to avoid it? Time for some real answers.
What Burnout Really Is. Burnout isn’t being overworked or not getting enough rest.
We commonly refer to the problem as “Burnout,” but what’s fascinating is that psychologists have realized that burnout isn’t just an acute overdose of stress; it’s pretty much plain ol’ clinical depression.
The paper, “Comparative Symptomatology of Burnout and Depression,” said, “Our findings do not support the view hypothesizing that burnout and depression are separate entities.”
Researchers Cary Cherniss and David Kranz found that burnout was “Virtually absent in monasteries, Montessori schools, and religious care centers where people consider their work as a calling rather than merely a job.”
Does this theory really help you avoid burnout in the real world? Yes.
When the American Medical Association surveyed top doctors to find out how they avoided burnout, one of the key things mentioned was “Sharing issues with family and friends.”
Burnout is depression: You’re not tired from your job; you’re pessimistic about your job.

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Summary of “Why You Should Have Two Careers”

By committing to two careers, you will produce benefits for both.
In my case, I have four vocations: I’m a corporate strategist at a Fortune 500 company, US Navy Reserve officer, author of several books, and record producer.
The two questions that people ask me most frequently are “How much do you sleep?” and “How do you find time to do it all?”.
My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career.
With no track record as a producer, nobody was going to pay me to produce his or her music, and it wasn’t money that motivated me to become a producer in the first place – it was my passion for jazz and classical music.
My day job not only afforded me the capital to make albums, but it taught me the skills to succeed as a producer.
A good producer should be someone who knows how to create a vision, recruit personnel, establish a timeline, raise money, and deliver products.
After producing over a dozen albums and winning a few Grammys, record labels and musicians have started to reach out to see if they can hire me as a producer.
While I was in Cuba making an album, one of my clients observed about the dancing musicians, “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” That my clients have a phenomenal experience only helps me drive revenue at work, so my corporate and recording careers are mutually beneficial.
People wanting to book a musician for a party in New York could find a band on my organization’s website, which would then ask the booker to add a “Tip” which would be allocated to a New Orleans-based charity.

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Summary of “Here’s what you need to land America’s best jobs”

Would-be technology workers learn coding and programming skills at Galvanize, one of a number of new boot camps that help teach skills suited to the tech booming tech economy that has a particular need for data science experts.
A 2017 survey of the top jobs in America by employer ranking and assessment site Glassdoor – based on earning potential, job satisfaction and number of openings – ranked data scientist, DevOps engineer, data engineer, and analytics manager as the 1, 2, 3, and 5 top jobs.
The specific skills required for these jobs is a mix of programming languages and ability to communicate data findings in simple language.
Data scientist: Analyze raw data sets to extract learnings and insights.
Data engineer: Work closely with data architects and scientists to prepare data so it can be analyzed.
Plus, despite much talk of late about automation slowly killing traditional jobs, data science is to some degree robot-proof as it demands a human touch to creatively solve problems with the help of computers.
From a self-taught actress and a military medic to a baseball-crazed statistician and plasma physics scholar, the backgrounds of people who have found their way to data science jobs is broad. But wherever they started, they had to pick up the specific skills these jobs demand.
“These days, being good at data means you could get a job anywhere. Nordstrom, the post office, Walmart, they’ve all got analytics groups.”
Theresa Johnson, a data scientist with Airbnb, would seem like someone who could coast through any tech job.
Yet when Johnson decided she wanted to pivot to tech, she felt she “Still had a lot to learn.” So she buckled down with a few online classes with Coursera to see how her skills set would need to be adapted to data science.

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Summary of “This chart spells out in black and white just how many jobs will be lost to robots”

When robots come for our jobs, the first people to fall will be those working in retail and fast food restaurants as well as the ubiquitous secretaries who are an indispensable part of the corporate world.
It may not happen overnight but slowly, machines are gaining on man’s turf and in a decade or two, about 50% of jobs in existence today will have gone the way of dinosaurs, or in this case, automation, according to Henrik Lindberg, chief technology officer at Swedish fintech company Zimpler.
Using data from a comprehensive employment report from University of Oxford, Lindberg drew up a monochrome chart, reproduced by Visual Capitalist, that illustrates a society that is increasingly relying on robots.
“As computers get better at, for example, perception-think self-driving car-those services jobs are likely next up to be replaced by machines,” said Jeff Desjardins, an editor of Visual Capitalist.
In the chart above, the black field shows jobs that will disappear with automation while the white represents those that are projected to survive.
It will also likely affect low-income workers more than those making six figures.
Still, even as mankind continues to cede the labor force to robots, it’s not necessarily the end of civilization as we know it.
“While machines destroy jobs, they also often create new ones,” said Desjardins, echoing Marc Andreessen’s view that robots will not replace people en masse.
To be sure, not all job losses can be blamed on robots.
As the graphic below shows, even without automation, the composition of the U.S. job market has changed over the years as the U.S. economy evolves, making some industries virtually obsolete while others thrive.

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Summary of “”A Friend of a Friend” Is No Longer the Best Way to Find a Job”

With the introduction of the internet there is no shortage of job listings, leading to a glut of applications.
He interviewed 100 white-collar workers who had switched jobs in the previous five years and discovered that weak ties helped many of them find out about their next job.
In the early 1970s it became clear that the most effective way to find a job through networking was to be in touch with as many weak ties as possible.
If the technologies that help us look for a job have changed in significant ways, I reasoned, it’s likely that the ways we get information about jobs have also changed.
More than 60% of the storytellers reported that someone they had worked with in the past helped them find their next job.
When Granovetter conducted his study, the major challenge in finding a new job was learning that the job existed in the first place.
Nowadays, that’s the easy part: People learn about jobs because they find job ads online, search listings on corporate sites, or are contacted by recruiters.
If no one of color or from a working-class background was hired into an office, there were fewer people to spread the word that the job existed in the first place.
Practically, since recommending someone for a job is such an important part of hiring – and a way people with different backgrounds and perspectives can be excluded from workplaces – it has become a significant ethical decision.
The best way to increase the likelihood of getting the job you want later may be to treat your colleagues well at the one you have now.

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Key Points of “The utter uselessness of job interviews”

Research shows that the judgment of the interviewers

  • in the best case adds nothing of relevance to the admissions process.
  • can be harmful, undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees.

What can be done?

  • Structure interviews so that all candidates receive the same questions to make interviews more reliable and modestly more predictive of job success.
  • Test job-related skills, rather than idly chatting or asking personal questions.

The original article by Jason Dana.

P.S.: You could also learn from the most successful companies and select applicants based on IQ tests – which means they are well equipped to adapt to the ever changing requirements and challenges of modern work.