Feb. 11th, 2009

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The amount of misdirected private business and personal e-mail I get at Gmail is astonishing. (The volume isn't high, but I don't get any at any other e-mail address.)

I get invitations to baptisms, baby pictures, job descriptions being worked on by committees, financial reports ... yikes.

I wonder how long before I get something really interesting.

I can generally tell they're not cleverly disguised spam because I get more than one thing and they follow a reasonable pattern. The latest thing is the job description for a senior accountant from an HR firm in in Singapore, which an executive with a first name similar to mine seems to have e-mailed to her home address to work on. Sigh.


VALENTINR:

It requires me to register to use it, and I'm not doing it.
I <3 you, there you go.


HINT TO SPAMMERS:

"Concepcion" is not a good sender name for your "Have Sex Longer" spam.

FYI.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
...or if you do go, realize that you've made a career choice that's really no more safe or assured than deciding to be a painter or rock star,* really.

I got this from [livejournal.com profile] starfishncoffee over on Facebook:

Grad School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go.

He's not kidding.

Read those bullet points. Go back and note the parts about being willing to live almost anywhere and so on. I kind of started to catch on to this while I was at Stanford, and it's partly why I started looking into MLIS and MATESOL. (Although much of this could go for either of these, at least MATESOL gives you options for self-employment and other things.)

People are hostile to these harsh facts, just as someone asked me angrily/plaintively when I wrote previously about some things that are NOT good reasons to get a PhD*, "What IS a good reason to get a PhD?" See the bullet points in the article, I fear, unless you're in the sciences.

I know you know exceptions (and so do I), but the fact that few people will talk honestly about this kind of situation means this kind of article is important.



*This is only safe if you're [livejournal.com profile] theicequeen.
**You like doing research, you like campus life, etc.

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