Looks might not kill, but they are certainly a magnet for money. Australian academics Andrew Leigh and Jeff Borland released research earlier this week confirming what we all secretly suspected: better looking Australians get hired first, earn more, and marry richer spouses.
Holding age, education, and origin fixed, the hourly wages of attractive people are around 20 per cent higher than their appearance-challenged contemporaries, reflecting similar conclusions in umpteen overseas studies.
The effect is especially pronounced for men: those with above average looks enjoy household incomes 15 per cent above the average, while more ‘minging’ chaps, as young Brits would say, earn 24 per cent below, a whopping gulf of around $30,000 a year, based on average Australian incomes, wholly owing to nature’s arbitrary favour.
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Sesame Street has a message for Kate Middleton: Get a real job, you bum.
That was the sage career advice – albeit imparted somewhat more diplomatically – dispensed to a young muppet when US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dropped by the children’s show this week.
Upon learning of Abby Cadabby’s aspirations to be a princess, Sotomayor informed her that “is definitely not a career”, and urged her to direct her energy into studying to become a teacher, lawyer or scientist instead.
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My name is Sarah, I am tall and I am a journalist.
On the weekend, I went to New Zealand for a family reunion with almost a hundred relatives I have never met before. There I met my third-cousin Sarah, who is also really tall, and is also a journalist.
Let’s put aside the fact that this person had basically stolen my personality, and had made my little introduction speech a whole lot less impressive: “Oh, you’re a journalist? Yeah whatever I just met the other Sarah”.
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Welcome to the third edition of Dr Tinman’s Ignorant Remedies for the Aching Soul.
I am Dr Tinman, life-doctor and former yoghurt manufacturer.
Today’s question comes from a person who is - from what I can deduce from the handwriting - either left-handed, right-handed or ambidextrous.
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This week marks National Career Development Week (17-23 May), with the aim of encouraging all Australians to take responsibility for managing and developing their own journey towards a fulfilling and prosperous career – an ideal very close to my heart.
The theme of the week this year is ‘get the life you love’ which sounds like an obvious proposition, but is so easily lost among young people just starting out in the career world.
Following a passion can fall down when kids aren’t aware of the paths available to them to help with a smooth transition beyond the classroom, and confidence wanes. Instead, it can be easy to settle for a future which a young adult would never have expected to pursue as a child.
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Picture yourself in this situation. You’re a young female business graduate striding up to the board room for an interview with Westpac. You see a picture of CEO Gail Kelly and you think “I can do that.” Think again sister.
If the latest statistics predict your path, there’s a strong possibility that in 15 years time you’ll be stuck in middle management or if you’re returning back part time from baby, you’ll be sentenced to “special projects.”
The statistics are bleak. Look at these statistics from the EOWA:
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Well it’s official. People hate marketers, particularly those in advertising. Research by Roy Morgan has ranked advertising as the third most-hated industry across all professions. We’re more hated than union leaders and real estate agents, but just managed to scrape in front of journalists and car salesmen.
All I can say is thank god I don’t work with any car clients because with this article and an interest in marketing I might take the trifecta and actually be the most hated person in the world.
So why do people hate the profession in which I’m going to invest my entire career? I’ll probably agree with what you’ve got to say for the most part, but I should probably at least attempt to convince you otherwise.
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