Why the British government felt they needed to ask 2,272 people to confirm an ancient proverb, I have no idea. 65 per cent thought that who you know is more important that what you know when it comes to finding a job. But the results were actually a lot more interesting than the headline figure suggests, because of how contradictory they are.
Unfortunately, yes. It’s not just women – the dreaded “halo effect” gets us all. Turning heads is a great way to get a job, and when they do get employed, attractive people are likely to earn 3-4 per cent more than a person with below-average looks. But that’s not the whole story.
Almost every kid next door has a degree these days. Even post-grad qualifications are common, making it damn difficult for employers to pick and choose. In addition to paper qualifications, they look for extra-curricular experience – a degree is no longer enough.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that the market for internships has got pretty competitive too. But here’s the shocker: you can buy an internship. The going rate? £5,000.
It strikes me that April Fool’s Day is an oddly appropriate choice to usher in some of the biggest spending cuts to Britain’s welfare state since its inception. But for all the anti-austerity protests of recent years, these cuts seem surprisingly popular.
It starts with a man called Nick D’Aloisio. He was born in London to Australian parents and his story involves some geekery, a bit of obsession and a convenient dose of luck. The punchline: Mr D’Aloisio has just sold an app on the iStore to Yahoo! for somewhere around £18m ($27m). Oh, and he’s 17 years old.
I know adults mean well when they ask: “what do you want to do when you’re older?” But it’s a bit of a dumb question.
Ironically, however sure you may be at 18 that when you’re older you want to be Superman (or Cinderella), you can’t possibly know that…until you are older and figure out that the glasses would look better stamped on and those high heels are impossible to walk in every day. In which case how could you reliably choose what subjects you want to do at school, or even at degree level?