Let me research your pet theory! - Tactical Ninja
Feb. 18th, 2011
09:00 am - Let me research your pet theory!
I found out the other day that the course I'm about to do was voted "Best course at Vic" in 2008. I've already expressed my admiration for the lecturer, but I was still wondering why a 300 level Criminology course needed one of the bigger Murphy lecture theatres and had limited entry. Now I know.
I'm already experiencing the excellence of this course - the course info is up on Blackboard 2 weeks in advance, which means I'll actually have my course notes in time and can familiarise myself with the topics. I also know what the assessment will be - an in class test and a 3500 word essay. 3500 whole words! OMGYAY! I get to
waffle on expand on my ideas! And I get to choose my topic!
This will be a research essay, and I'm required to write a proposal, including main argument, by 25 March. Being me, that means I'm thinking about it now. So, what state crime would I like to research? I am spoiled for choice.
So, instead of my usual see-sawing around and wasting of valuable time, I thought I'd throw it to the floor. What would YOU like to see me research and write about? If I can, I'd like to keep it within my field of expertise (drug policy for anyone who didn't already know) but that's potentially a bit hard because the criminalisation of drug users makes it somewhat difficult to pinpoint state crime in the whole mess of wrong.
Although, the US government's involvement in the cocaine trade in the 1980s might be interesting to look at. Hmm. Other areas of interest include: Foreshore and Seabed (again - tbh while it's an obvious and easy one I'm kind of done with that topic for now), and what's going on in Lebanon. Also, Wikileaks - but that has the potential to turn into a giant handful of jelly that's impossible to contain, so I'd have to focus on one area.
But, I am open to suggestions from the brainy folks at the other end of this so if you have a meaty topic in mind that I could get my teeth into, I'd love to hear about it.
Meanwhile, I know a few people who are looking for jobs at the moment and expressing frustration with the various agencies that advertise jobs, particularly on the web. You see, it's becoming more and more common to advertise a position without giving information about what company the job is for, or what the salary band would be.
I consider this to be dishonest and almost a form of manipulation. It puts people in a position where they are applying for a job without full information about what they are applying for. No chance to research the company and therefore ask pertinent questions about structure, future goals or whatever, or to decide whether the company's culture and aims match their own. No chance to know if the job will pay enough to support their lifestyle. So a person applying for one of these jobs is not only going in blind, but they are expected to sell themselves to *unknown company* in a very dishonest way - as if all they care about is their passion for office administration and they don't care who it's for or how much they'll get paid - they just love admin so much!
Which is bullshit. People DO care about where they work and they DO want to know if they'll be a match for the company. I would hate to apply for a job then find out it's actually for, for example, a branch of Family First. I would also hate to apply for a job and sell myself to them, only to find out after one or two interviews that they're paying substantially less than I'm getting now. How much time has everyone wasted then? People care a LOT about how much they'll be paid. I know few people who work for the love of it, they do it for the money, therefore the money IS one of the most important considerations, no matter how much everyone would like us to pretend it isn't.
I really wish the whole job market was a more honest process. Fact is, I know several people who are talented and experienced, who have not applied for jobs because the advert was lacking this vital information. In a country where agencies say they are having trouble recruiting skilled people, they are putting skilled people off by failing to provide necessary details about what they are applying for, and forcing people to be dishonest about their motivations.
So, dear recruitment agencies, please start giving sufficient information for applicants to make informed decisions about whether they want a job before wasting everyone's time. This is not rocket science.
This weekend I'm gonna dance my ass off, oh yes I am. I'm going to The Forest with a crew - this is my Kiwiburn replacement event and I'm quite excited about it. I might even put mah hair in! Not sure at this point whether I'll be healed enough to hoop - it's been hot this week and sweating has caused the dots to heal slowly, they're still at risk of ripping open. But I have other toys as a fallback option.
*waves hands in air like I just don't care*
Today I'm having lunch with Yonderman and then there will be Fidels. No, I'm not avoiding the houseful of teenagers, why do you ask?