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January 2, 2013

Quick Links – Getting a job at Delta Airlines harder than getting into Harvard; Bill Gates on college crisis; Penelope Trunk on overachievers

by Grace

◊◊◊  ‘It Is Five Time More Difficult To Get An Attendant Job At Delta Airlines Than Enter Harvard’ (

According to Bloomberg Delta, the world’s second-largest carrier, received 22,000 applications for about 300 flight attendant jobs in the first week after posting the positions outside the company. 

  Bill Gates on ‘Our College Crisis’

I didn’t find much new information in Bill Gates’ PowerPoint presentation given in November 2012.  In fact, the slide showing state spending on higher education during 2006-2011 is misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.  According to Gates, one effect of the “crisis” is a shortage of software engineers.

… Personally, I can say that Microsoft has 3,000 open jobs for software engineers, and we can’t fill them. We’ve never had so many open jobs.

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates (The Atlantic)

◊◊◊  ’15 Things overachievers do’

A list from Penelope Trunk:

1. They use lists
2. They use pharmaceuticals.

3. They let doors shut all the time.
4. They talk about their weaknesses.
5. They work for free.
6. They drop out of school.
7. They get tons of coaching.
8. They get pregnant at 25.
9. They come out of the closet.
10. They don’t talk about being well-rounded.
11. They don’t get divorced.
12. They don’t write books.
13. They don’t let themselves get fat.
14. They sell out.
15. They steal stuff.

Read more details at Penelope Trunk’s blog.

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