Young people’s problems: (1)83:1 grads per job; (2)Kiddies sleep struggles from TV at night

Article № 1

“83 graduates fighting for each job”

Tuesday June 28, 2011
from the EXPRESS.CO.UK
(the Daily Express newspaper online)

<< Employers are now receiving 83 applications on average for each job, a survey found.

University leavers are facing record levels of competition for jobs,   with more than 80 fighting for every position, research suggests.

Employers are now receiving 83 applications on average for each job – almost double the numbers of two years ago (49), and nearly treble compared to three years ago (31), the bi-annual Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) survey has found. >>

Nerd smile  ME : the job market is *always* difficult… the only way you can really walk into a job is if:

    • the company is desperate;
      Surprised smile  eek… how long will you have a job, how much longer will they be in business?!
    • they knew you all along (e.g. nepotism i.e. family or friends);
      Sarcastic smile  which means you either have a job for life or favours owed forever… only they know the score and you’ll be left guessing
    • they don’t know how to recruit the best and most suitable for them i.e. their Human Resources and Recruitment is non-existent, as is their training programmes and appreciation for investment in people, guidance and mentoring…
      Thinking smile  do you *really* wanna be there?  if you do, then good for you…

There are many cultures which view gaining a job, as an opportunity.  Now, exactly what type of opportunity is up to you to decide e.g. opportunity to:

    • rise to life’s challenges;
    • meet and greet your strengths and weaknesses;
    • learn, apply and make use of yourself;
    • discover yourself, others and reach out to new experiences;
    • work individually, in teams, in departments and in-between;
    • work with, for and under the shittest, the hottest, the best and the fallen;
    • eventually knuckle down and “own” a team of people

Maybe eventually you’ll be the one who gets to say:

“  See y’all laterz!  I’ve got places to be, people to see, things to do, food to eat, clothes to wear, bling to carry and best of all, a kick-ass life to get to… yeah, catch y’all laterz  Punk  ! 

<< Candidates leaving university without at least a 2:1 are likely to miss out, as almost three quarters of firms say this is a minimum requirement. >>

Nerd smile   ME : True, that’s because any less and it suggests:

  1. you may have problems working with people because your attitude or outlook on life is a bit too telling of your lack of useable (i.e. employable) potential:
    1. your lecturers and professors have issues with you;
    2. your course mates avoid you and you do likewise;
      Remember, a business is not a charity to mop up weak members of society… there are other organizations for that.
  2. you have yet to fully understand how to achieve in a way that would be expected of a higher-level employee, that is you:
    1. find it difficult to understand responsibility and to learn to take charge, own and achieve work laid out for you;
    2. have completion and follow-through issues i.e. you don’t commit yourself – do you even understand why different sets of work need to be done?
      Remember, at the level a graduate employee is finally expected to reach requires a person who can be autonomous and can take charge of others.
  3. you may have language or communication issues… too bad, that is the way life is. 
    Remember, to work successfully in a any organization where there are people who must work and co-ordinate together to achieve larger goals, you will NEED to achieve communication and interaction skills… face up to reality, kid.

By the way, understanding and knowing are not the same.  As such, learning in theory and learning in practice are two different things too. 

People learn differently… some need theory first and some need practical experience first.  Above all else though, it is about how your brain functions to learn. 

While learning you will develop understanding and personal knowledge… but that is from yourself. 

Then you must apply and achieve, to show what you are.  Learning, application and achievement is something you can find opportunities for within a job and career progression.

<< The survey, which questioned around 200 member firms, show that the numbers of graduate vacancies are predicted to increase by 2.6% this year (for 2010/11) compared to year-end figures for 2009/10.  Two thirds (66.7%) of firms said they are confident that they will fill all of their vacancies this year. >>

Nerd smile  ME : Some companies shut their doors on recruitment for various reasons, even during recruitment season, despite not filling vacancies.  They even have the audacity to sack all newly recruited graduates before probation period is over… why?  Huh.  You go find out yourself. 

Hard times.  Hard times. 

The graduates have all invested in their new glammed up lives e.g. new apartment, new wardrobe and outfits, new city, new neighbours and neighbourhood, good-bye to mum and dad, old bedroom into new parental study, new car or driving lessons, new computer….. hmmm… ooh… ah.

*POP* Sorry, the Fairy Godmother calls for Time Out today… … don’t bother showing up for work today… Crying face

<<  The most job openings are in accountancy or professional services, offering a fifth (20.6%) of predicted vacancies.  A tenth (9.9%) of firms said they have received more than 150 applications for every job.

And one in eight (12.1%) receiving between 101 and 150 applications per job, up from one in 10 (10.5%) of employers who said the same thing last year.

The survey revealed differences between job sectors in applications.

Investment banks and fund managers received an average of 232.5 applications for every opening, while for energy, water and utilities companies it was 187.8 applications.  >>

Nerd smile   ME : Loadsa money to be found in the City of Finance… many go in to get their capital and then get out to become entrepreneurs… but it really IS NOT for everybody. 

Strange, but true, there is a Tweeter called @_TheBankers_ on and their sayings are something that warps the mind but necessary to struggle with if you want to earn what they could in theory pay you… Winking smile … good luck.

But why bother lusting after money?  Well, that is for you to figure out for yourself… too true, too true… Eye rolling smile

<<  A fifth (20.2%) of companies said they are now using online exercises to screen candidates, while just under half (45%) conduct preliminary screenings by telephone.

More than a quarter (26.4%) of employers said the quality of the applications they are receiving is higher than it was last year.  The poll also asked about graduate salaries, and found that the average starting salary has increased slightly to £25,500 – the first rise since 2008.  >>

Nerd smile   ME : Evolution, dear humans, evolution… Sarcastic smile

<<  AGR chief executive Carl Gilleard said: “I am cautiously optimistic about today’s findings, which provides a welcome indication that the graduate recruitment market is beginning to overcome the impact of the recession.”  >>


Article № 2

“TV, video games at night may cause sleep problems in kids”

Monday, June 27, 2011
By Amanda Gardner,

>> Watching television or playing video games close to bedtime can act like a jolt of caffeine to young children, making them more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep, nightmares, and daytime fatigue, a new study in the journal Paediatrics suggests.

In the study, 28% of pre-schoolers who watched TV or played video games for at least 30 minutes after 7 p.m. had sleep problems most nights of the week, versus 19% of children whose TV and video game use took place only before 7 p.m.

Children are supposed to be winding down at bedtime, and TV and video games may interfere with that process by over-exciting kids and “amping up” their brains, says Michelle Garrison PhD, the lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Nerd smile ME :   Are there **any** adults who don’t suffer similarly?!  Personally, from the headline I read:

“  TV NIGHTMARES TRANSLATE INTO PERSONAL NIGHTMARES when asleep… at any age, reveals a
yet-to-be-commissioned research study 

Evening entertainment may also disrupt the nocturnal rise in melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle.  TV and computer monitors “can keep melatonin levels from rising normally because of the brightness of the screens,” Garrison explains.

Nerd smile   ME : God, again that’s me… if only adults treated themselves like kids sometimes…  Eye rolling smile  … *ho-hum* …  Eye rolling smile  …

Violent programming and video games appeared to contribute to sleep problems as well, even if the kids watched or played them during the daytime.  Thirty-seven percent of the children who were exposed to one hour or more of violent media per day had sleep problems, compared with just 19% of those who watched less than one hour (or none), Garrison says.

The link between violent entertainment and troubled sleep isn’t unexpected, says Dr. Carol Rosen, medical director of the paediatric sleep centre at Ranbow Babies & Children Hospital in Cleveland.

The purpose of your dreams is to take your experiences of the day, reprocess them, look at them again, think about them, organize them,” Rosen says.  “If your intake is very scary things, then you might not be surprised that fears develop and that you have night waking with difficulty falling asleep.”

Nerd smile ME : If that is true, then why don’t sweet dreams work in the same way?  Or do they?  Maybe I just don’t watch enough of the sweet stuff?  Huh? 

Well, I have to say, nightmares do implant some of the sterner stuff into you.  Really  Punch  . 

I’d rather dream up the sweet stuff myself than the disastrous nightmarish stuff… eek …  Alien  …  Surprised smile  …

The study included 612 children ages 3 to 5.  Garrison and her colleagues asked the parents to keep a detailed diary of their child’s media consumption over the course of one week, including the title, timing, and duration of each show or game.  (To determine the level of violence, researchers consulted parental guidance ratings and actually analysed specific shows and games.)

Slightly under one-fifth of parents said their children had at least one sleep problem, the most common of which was difficulty falling asleep.  Others included waking repeatedly during the night, not being alert in the morning, daytime sleepiness, and nightmares.

On average, the kids spent 73 minutes per day in front of the a TV or computer.  The more time they spent watching TV or playing video games in the evening, the more likely they were to experience a sleep problem.  And the same pattern held for violent shows and games.

Watching non-violent TV shows or video games during the day didn’t seem to impact sleep, however, which suggests that parents can help prevent sleep problems by imposing some minor restrictions on their children’s media use.

Nerd smile ME : See, it’s us, the lowly humans who need to experience emotions to feel real, to feel alive.  We like to impose the horrors of life upon ourselves so that we can feel.  *Tut*   Shifty

The American Academy of Paediatrics, which publishes Paediatrics, recommends that parents limit night time media use and refrain from putting TVs or computers in children’s bedrooms.  (Sure enough, in the study, sleep problems were especially pronounced among kids with TVs in their bedroom, who tended to watch about 15 minutes more evening TV than their peers.)

For her part, Garrison recommends that parents make the hour before bed a “screen-free” time.  They should also pay close attention to ratings guidelines from groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America, since even seemingly harmless animated or slapstick violence geared toward children may be disturbing for a pre-schooler, Garrison says.

Nerd smile ME : Very sensible advice to have “screen-free”  time before bed.

However, sometimes screens do aid us to fall asleep.  At the end of a day where we have yet to burn off our excess energy then electronic and digital mediums are fantastic for us to rid ourselves of excessive mental energy so that we might fall soundly to sleep. 

Can’t win ‘em all, huh   I don't know smile  ?

“The bulk of violence wasn’t from… TV meant for adults or teens,” she explains.  “It was from children’s programming, but for slightly older kids.  What’s fine for a 7-to-10 year old can be too over-whelming for a 3-to-5 year old.”

Dr. Roya Samuels, a paediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Centre, in New Hyde Park, New York, urges the parents she sees in her practice to establish familiar and predictable pre-bedtime rituals.  “That usually includes family dinner time, shower or bath time, and reading a story in bed, so kids know what to expect and their minds and brains start winding down as opposed to winding up,” she says.”  <<

Nerd smile ME : I suppose, the level of violence we can handle at different ages varies.  I’m not so sure it’s as straightforward as the greater maturity you possess, OR the older you are the greater quantity and more twisted type of violence you can handle. 

For me, I have become more sensitive to violence. 

Is it life experience, hormones, life changes… or what?  I do not know. 

So much work and research to do to discover the truths, the facts.
Huh  Rolling on the floor laughing  ?  Bet it will keep ALL the PhDs busy as heck…  Punch  …




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