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Phew!! My concerns for the athletes' sex life have been laid to rest.

(No pun intended - well, perhaps a little.)

Interestingly, only a week ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about the changing nature of employment - all in the context of educators having to adapt not only their methods of teaching but also the subject matter.  Increasingly, jobs are becoming more and more difficult to define (evidenced by the huge number of weird and wonderful job titles that don't actually tell you anything about what the job entails).

Just as an example, when people ask what my husband does, I tell them he's a professional schmoozer.  They either look at me completely perplexed or have a giggle and then ask: 'No really, what does he DO?'  Yet that is EXACTLY what he does: he spends time with customers and customers of customers: meeting, greeting, shaking hands, rubbing shoulders, wining, dining, educating, wowing, and generally making them feel good about purchasing his solution.  Despite having fiscal targets, he doesn't identify his role as being 'in sales'.

Another example very close to home is my current contract role (which, incidentally is the longest of any title to date held by an employee of the organisation I am working for): Performing Arts Wardrobe and Costume Hire Business Manager.  Impressive huh??  Can you guess what I actually DO on a day-to-day basis?

Whilst you're pondering, I shall return to my original observation.  Which is that we no longer live in a world of easily defined roles or even career paths for that matter.  Current and future generations are enjoying the freedom of chopping and changing vocations to meet their changing aspirations and lifestyles.  There is no longer a clear recipe for success whereby you move through primary, secondary and tertiary education, followed possibly by an apprenticeship and then working your way to the top in a single industry or occupation.  Secondary school graduates may take a gap year (or two or more) before embarking upon tertiary training.  They may try a variety of vocations over a number of years before returning to further their education.  Then there are the entrepreneurs who with or without formal training have the ability to design, create and impliment a revolutionary product/service/process.   The up-starts with the vision and energy to take a risk.  The parents who ditch their former careers in favour of starting their own business in an effort to get a better balanace between work and family life.  And of course those of us who have the ability to identify a need and to create a role for themselves where one did not previously exist.

I wonder how the journalist described in this article would define his Olympic Games red light district project?  Now that's one funding pitch that would have required some serious creativity.




NZ Herald News | Saturday, 09 Sep 2010

Mixed doubles proving popular with athletes

By David Leggat

Great news: athletes are having sex at the Commonwealth Games village.

Lashings of it too, if reports of drains being blocked by thousands of condoms being shoved down them are true.