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‘What exactly do you hate about teaching?’ – our work expert responds | Guardian Careers

Teaching is ruining my life. I have other skills, so how do I find my niche? I’m desperate to get out of teaching. It’s exhausting, stressful and is ruining my life. I’m not a senior leader so can’t go on to be a consultant or inspector. I’ve been teaching for over a decade and most of the jobs I’ve seen that suit my skills and experience could mean taking more than a 50% pay cut. I feel trapped. I have…

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As an Iranian academic, I’m fed up of being asked to focus on poverty and oppression | Sadaf Javdani | Education

“If you decide to stay in Europe and enjoy your freedom here instead of going back, nothing will change. So why don’t you consider going back to your country?” These weren’t the racist remarks of a stranger or acquaintance, but an anthropology programme director at a German university whom I was meeting to discuss my postdoctoral proposal. I wanted to research material and sensory perceptions of home, in a way that was unrelated to immigration or asylum. “Instead of working…

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Shirking from home: why bosses still insist on pointless presenteeism | Money

Name: “Working from home.” Age: The child-rearing years. Appearance: “Busy.” Seriously “busy”. What’s with all this “quotation business”? Obviously some people need to work from home sometimes to look after their kids or whatever, but … “Working from home” always sounds as though it has quotation marks around it, don’t you think? No. I work from home all the time. Ah, but do you really? Do you sit at your desk when the working day begins, and work just as…

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Cambridge’s one-on-one teaching model is based on exploiting graduates | Education

Recently, I was having coffee with a final year PhD student about to submit his thesis. He was excited because he had just finished giving his first ever lecture. He had finally been able to prove himself and experience what his future job might entail. Yet when we met later, he seemed downcast about the experience. It had taken him five hours to write his first 45-minute lecture – and several more to prepare the handouts and PowerPoint – but…

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What did dignity at work training teach me? Bullying isn’t my university’s problem | Anonymous academic | Education

My university offers a range of workshops to make its bureaucratic processes transparent for new employees. Before beginning the new term, I had to attend one on “dignity at work”. I had a vague sense of what this meant – challenging harassment and bullying, cultivating a respectful institutional culture – and was keen to hear more. I was surprised to find this workshop delivered by an external private company for a corporate rate. The workshop leader said this would help…

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Red Bull wants us to leave work at 4pm. I couldn’t agree more | Opinion

I’m not squeamish, except for one small thing: I cannot repeat rhyming couplets. So I can’t tell you exactly what Red Bull’s latest London Underground advert says because it uses this mawkish lyrical form. I can tell you that it was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for promising health benefits that fizzy drinks aren’t allowed to do (nope, not even Shloer). I can even describe that promise, in a roundabout way: Red Bull will make you feel so energetic…

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