Adjuncting has grown as #funding for public universities has fallen by more than a quarter between 1990 and 2009. Private institutions also recognize the allure of part-time professors: generally they are cheaper than full-time staff, don’t receive benefits or support for their personal research, and their hours can be carefully limited so they do not teach enough to qualify for health insurance.
“I’m not blaming anyone for my current #situation in which I am utterly broke and still crossing my fingers that in the near #future my #career will finally take off,” she told Mongabay. “Indeed I was wrong in thinking that all my hard, unpaid #work would lead to something or that having a #degree from a … highly-respected #university would give me a leg-up.”#education #problem #job #money #debts #economy #society #youth #news
That might herald the displacement of millions of predominantly lesser-skilled jobs, the failure of many longstanding businesses which are slow to adapt, a large increase in income inequality in #society, and growing industrial concentration associated with the rapid growth of a relatively small number of multi-national #technology corporations.
After the first couple of weeks of training, I chose to join the team that worked on my area of expertise, and this is where things started getting weird. On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over #company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn't. He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn't help getting in trouble, because he was looking for #women to have #sex with. It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to #HR.
Uber was a pretty good-sized company at that time, and I had pretty standard expectations of how they would handle situations like this. I expected that I would report him to HR, they would handle the situation appropriately, and then life would go on - unfortunately, things played out quite a bit differently. When I reported the situation, I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man's first #offense, and that they wouldn't feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to. Upper management told me that he "was a high performer" (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn't feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part.
I was then told that I had to make a choice: (i) I could either go and find another team and then never have to interact with this man again, or (ii) I could stay on the team, but I would have to understand that he would most likely give me a poor performance review when review time came around, and there was nothing they could do about that.
When the United States colonized the Philippines more than a century ago, the Navy began hiring Filipino seamen to clean rooms and serve meals to officers. Even after the #Philippines gained independence, the Navy continued recruiting there, making Filipinos the only foreign nationals outside the United States who were enlisted in our military. By 1970, more Filipinos were working in the U.S. #Navy than in the Philippine Navy. Almost all, though, worked as mess boys and stewards, at the bottom rung of the career ladder.