The Assistant - Short Short Fiction By Jane Genova

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She found a job as an assistant to the managing partner of a law firm. Soon enough she was The Assistant. The Assistant was loyal. Dominic's to honor the private school's most famous graduate. She grew up hard. Her family owned a duplex near Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey. So  So the hard didn't come from extreme poverty. They got the monthly rent for the upstairs apartment.

Retirement/Semi-Retirement - More Brutal Rite of Passage Than Graduating College

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Remember the film "The Graduate!"  After a successful career on the macro level of assisting the disabled, she could afford to purchase a lovely home in a retirement community. Retirement - or even the semi-retirement version - is turning out to be a rite of passage as brutal as transitioning from formal education to the world of work.

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Underemployed College Graduates' Majors - Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, English Lit Top List

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No shock to those of us who are out here hustling for work, PayScale reports that among the top majors for underemployed college graduates are Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and English Literature. The bad news for underemployed graduates of law school (JDs), a number of those are making their living (and not a good one) being paralegals.

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Supposedly Sending a Message: Will Harvard Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants Be Heard (inside and beyond that elite academic institution)?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, of course, the strike by graduate and research assistants is being closely watched by the media. Those who have been a graduate teaching or research assistant (I had been both) in elite academic institutions understand that they are the front lines of service.   To succeed in their future career, most graduate students need professors and administrators with power to open doors for them. It's Harvard.

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WATCH: How to Find Superstars to Grow Your Business

Succeed Speaking

The only way to “graduate” to the next level in your business is to delegate some of the things you’re already doing to others. I’m actually looking at how I can get some additional support in place right now, and I found lots of great advice in this new report from Eben — he even shares an actual copy of one of the ads that he wrote to hire a personal assistant so you can see exactly how he does it.

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Parole: the legacy of a progressiveHome Secrtary

Max Atkinson

As murders by terrorists recently released from prison hit the headlines a few weeks ago, I was reminded of my first job after graduating in 1965 - as a lowly assistant research officer at the Home Office Research Unit

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Private Universities Just Took a Bullet to the Gut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Graduate students who are teaching fellows essentially operate the university. That's because the National Labor Relations Board ruled, reports The Wall Street Journal : " that graduate students who teach at private universities are employees with full rights to join unions, a sweeping decision that paves the way for student unionization on campuses nationwide." " The case presented was by graduate students at Columbia University.

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Suicide - Surviving the (serious) Attempt

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In central Connecticut a graduate of Yale's management school and a former employee in advertising didn't die when he jumped off a cliff. Should those who have made the decision to take their own life have legal medical assistance? In Belgium, such assistance is available. Again, it's happened. A 47-year-old man approaches suicide in a serious manner: He jumps from the 13th floor of his Manhattan apartment building.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Doe-Eyed, UnSpun

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tuition was peanuts because we were graduate assistants. We could think, which is what we were supposed to do in graduate school. On "60 Minutes," rookie congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made what I experienced as an unspun presentation of herself and her socialist ideas. A side treat were the doe eyes, much like those of the the character Alicia Florrick on "The Good Wife."

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Lugging a Mortgage into Retirement/Semi-Retirement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also, that reduces the reserve available for emergencies such as a temporary stay in assisted living or purchasing choices in the future. The supposed golden years can involve as much emotional shock and being open to whatever as the years following our graduation from college.  The dream is to be sitting sipping a cold beverage, watching the ocean, and having the deep satisfaction of being-debt-free.

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John Styan And Russell Fraser, Revered As Shakespearean Scholars - Reduced Demand For That Expertise

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the University of Michigan I had been a graduate assistant for Styan. Most of the obituaries of John Styan and Russell Fraser provide details of their scholarship on William Shakespeare. They were giants in their field. From Fraser I took an advanced Shakespeare course. Both were seminal experiences for me. But I know that with them ends an era. My clients don't want allusions to Shakespeare's works in their speeches, books or articles.

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Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Manner of Speaking

With the assistance of TED curator Chris Anderson , he told his story. Since then, he has graduated from secondary school and is now studying engineering at Dartmouth College. Today’s post is about a remarkable young man named William Kamkwamba. William comes from a poor village in Malawi in southeast Africa. Life there is hard. The main source of income is farming. When the rains don’t come, conditions become extremely difficult for people.

Higher Education - Art Schools Thriving, Traditional Colleges/Universities Not So

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile, the median compensation for art school graduates is above that for traditional graduates: $45, 250 versus $37,690. It noticed that my visual support was, well, not a plus, and offered to assist me with the graphics (of course, for a price). Higher education in America has long been described as a "bubble."

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Sujit Choudhry Joins Garth Saloner in Schools for Scandal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

His administrative assistant complained about unwanted attention.   Before that was the legal and public relations pickle former dean, Garth Saloner, got himself into at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Will there be an alternate to matriculating at an elite institution to get certified for a career? Recently, those august centers of learning have been becoming a joke.

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Early Retirement Is Becoming Standard Rite of Passage for Professionals Over-50

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I myself learned those fundamentals when I had been a graduate assistant for the Dale Carnegie Systems. Like so many corporations in the COVID-19 era, Ingevity had a drop in demand.    Part of its resulting cost-cutting measures included an early retirement program. As Law.com reports, its current general counsel Katherine Pryor Burgeson, 62, hopped aboard that version of the austerity train.

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Nun As Career Path (also becoming female ordained minister)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The most famous is Pema Chodron , who had graduated from Miss Porter's and the University of California. In addition, a growing number of female college graduates are becoming ordained as ministers.  Those who make it assist with church outreach. It isn't yet a meme. But there is enough activity in this religious niche to wonder if a new trend is emerging. That's females, many college educated, becoming nuns - and ministers.

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Diamonds (Emails, Facebook and MySpace) Are Forever

Matt Eventoff

Storyline - Executive Assistant (E.A.) Side note to new graduates — everything sends a message. In 1971 Shirley Bassey told the James Bond fans and the world that “Diamonds are Forever.&#. Nearly 40 years later, this track was re-mixed by Kanye West and introduced a whole new generation to this famous Welsh singer.

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Mobile Crammers, Victims, and The Ghostwriter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Bachman was riding high, a serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Babson where he had graduated. I assisted him with it. Every technology seems to generate new types of scams. The capabilities of the mobile phone gave con artists Andrew Bachman , et al. the opportunity to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from those with mobile devices. The crime was called "mobile cramming."

Those Job Auditions - It's Come to This (Passport Admissions, $20 to $25 gig))

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what Harvard Law School graduate Elie Mytal did in 2008. Based in San Diego, it assists with the academic admissions process. For a high-profile, decent-paying full-time job with benefits, sure, go through the audition. He landed a position in the then-hot, getting hotter all the time digital native legal news platform Abovethelaw. There he rose to editor-in-chief. Along the way he became a media star. Recently he transitioned to another career path. 

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Homelessness - Sometimes Simply Values the Middle Class Don't Get

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Usually the homeless receive some kind of public assistance. Their sense of self was often stronger than my own, at least as a bullied graduate student.  The moderate weather and liberalism in certain urban areas make California a haven for the homeless.    The search for a solution to this crisis is generating both desperate and innovative proposals. Among the desperate is the one in the city of Lancaster.

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Manhattan's Royalton Park Avenue Hotel Suicide - Providing Some Answers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In central Connecticut, a former Ivy League graduate who had been a Don Draper on Madison Avenue was among the failures. A government assistance program placed him in a job in a parking lot.  Several of my former classmates in college and graduate school had that experience. Manhattan continually is the setting for suicides involving leaps from tall buildings. Today, not surprisingly, the tragedy again happened.

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Manhattan's Royalton Park Avenue Hotel Suicide - Providing Some Answers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In central Connecticut, a former Ivy League graduate who had been a Don Draper on Madison Avenue was among the failures. A government assistance program placed him in a job in a parking lot.  Several of my former classmates in college and graduate school had that experience. Manhattan continually is the setting for suicides involving leaps from tall buildings. Today, not surprisingly, the tragedy again happened.

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U of Wisconsin at Stevens Point - It Can Ditch English Major, But Can It Guarantee Employability?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Clearly, parents who will be assisting with the tuition bills and prospective students terrified of never landing that first job are demanding an education which will pay off in long-term employability. Any institution of higher learning which proves it equips its graduates with employability will have more applicants than elites such as Harvard.  More recently, that narrowed to a specialization of assisting those over-50.

Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Manner of Speaking

With the assistance of TED curator Chris Anderson , he told his story. Since then, he has graduated from secondary school and is now studying engineering at Dartmouth College. Today’s post is about a remarkable young man named William Kamkwamba. William comes from a poor village in Malawi in southeast Africa. Life there is hard. The main source of income is farming. When the rains don’t come, conditions become extremely difficult for people.

That (supposed) Higher Education Bubble - COVID-19 Is Bursting It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Then, upon graduation from high school the burden is on them to find what they need to know and apply it.  And history will present the folly of all those highly paid assistant deans of nothing. "A higher education trade group has predicted a 15 percent drop in enrollment nationwide, amounting to a $23 billion revenue loss." " - Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times , April 15, 2020. For years, some have contended there existed a higher education "bubble."

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Interview: Ronna Phifer-Ritchie - Enneagram Expert

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Ronna is the project manager and assistant writer for the current Riso-Hudson book project on the Enneagram of Personality and relationships, the author of the monthly e-newsletter Elements of Style: Type Talk with the EnneaGal , and has been a technical writer for other Enneagram publications. She is a graduate of the Enneagram in Business Train-the-Trainers Program and a candidate for professional certification in the Meyers Briggs Type Inventory.

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"Blue Bloods" - The Hunger for Family

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

An especially compelling aspect of the plot line is that third-generation Jamie, son of patriarch police commissioner Frank (who is son of former police commissioner Henry), is a graduate of Harvard Law School. However, his sister Erin is an assistant district attorney. She is stunned that he had graduated from that elite institution. "Blue Bloods" is the CBS hybrid of cop and legal drama. On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed it for its eight season.

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Tronc Layoff - Why Writers, Et Al., Have Such Tough Time Exiting Comfort Zone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

business became global and continually disrupted by technology, the laid off, new college graduates, and the stalled in their careers flocked to Dale Carnegie (DC) training seminars. But the point is that professionals have always needed assistance exiting a comfort zone. Another sign of the downsizing times in the writing industry, Tronc has laid off dozens of content providers. Tronc formerly had been known as Tribune Publishing.

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Forgiveness Makes Good Business Sense

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The smartest back in graduate school hasn't become a big name. The typical example is the former assistant professor who blames X and Y at the university for not receiving tenure. Careers can simply disappoint. At least, not yet. Or they can implode in ways that make it difficult to earn a good living in any line of work. Of course, career recovery is not only possible. It's probable, especially in America.

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AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS might grow long tail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"  Because of technology, products like books and services like consumer assistance throughLegalZoom.com don't have to be top sellers to make money.    During affluent times, those same newbie graduates would probably have taken a Dale Carnegie seminar to get down presentation of self.  Full Disclosure: Because of my assistance with preparing AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, I receive 50% of the royalties.

Research Update: Unmarried Parents in College

Speaking Of...

In 2010, UW-Madison graduate student Kia Sorensen and I published a paper in the Future of Children about college access and success among single parents attending college. College has inter-generational benefits, and institutions need to be equipped to ensure they assist in that transfer. We utilized data from the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) and the latest NPSAS just came out for 2012. I notice the following trends related to this population.

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White Collar/Blue Collar - Let's Stop Thinking That Way & Get Work, Anything Paying Well

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Over the years, graduate and professional degrees have been added on. Here in Eastern OH, a new graduate can earn $27 hourly. Members of Generation Z might still opt for college but anticipate entering the blue collar workforce after graduation. For example, they could be promoted from hands-on aide at Sunrise assisted living centers to head of marketing or executive director. In America, the masses went to college after World War II. That started wit the GI bill.

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English Majors - Research Blows Up Myth We Don't Earn Much Over Our Lifetimes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Among the ways to make a living was freelance writer, adjunct professor, research assistant for a state senator, and media representative in a university.  I would do my due diligence on what majors are geared for graduates to get out of the gate fast and with initial above-average earnings. English majors don't necessarily finish last in lifetime earnings. Actually those earnings can total nearly as much or even more than majors in business and STEM fields.

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That Whatever Didn't Work: Now, it's time to get clever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Unfortunately, as she chronicles in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE , the market for that expertise collapsed during the six years she was in graduate school and living off student loans.    Gottlieb fused her former background in communications with her newly acquired expertise in assisting people with walking out of the valley of darkness.  Former journalist Lori Gottlieb did what so many confident professionals do. 

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Universal Basic Income (UBI) - Nothing New About It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  No surprise, I took a job as a research assistant, against my better judgment, with then-Pennsylvania state senator James R. Reflection: Should all those graduating high school be provided the option of a job or UBI? In essence, Universal Basic Income (UBI) provides individuals funds without requiring any work.

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Check those name-checks at the door: How to thank people in speeches

The Eloquent Woman

But there's also a trend in the sciences to include long chains of thank-yous and credits to graduate students, in particular, when scientists give talks or media interviews, a major entry on of my list of 7 ineffective habits of scientists who communicate with the public. Those of us who lead ordinary lives name-drop, mentioning famous or important people we saw. The famous name-check , the opposite task, by mentioning those of us less important or famous in acknowledgements.

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Managing Mental Illness - The Catch-22

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As a recent survey found, 36% of law firms don't offer the same mental health assistance programs to the nonlawyers as they do the lawyers.  " It's by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. Read the anonymous postings on Glassdoor by staff at law firms and the usual is: We are treated as less-than. For example, on the Cravath Glassdoor site , here are two anonymous staff opinions: "Lawyers are rude and treat admins like they are slaves."

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"God Bless the Child That's Got His Own." - The Alleged Curse of Privilege

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Boston entrepreneur Andrew Bachman contracted with me to assist with his memoir, which was due to be published by Wiley. Recently, son of a hedge fund manager and Princeton graduate, Thomas Gilbert, Jr. "They are carless people." " That's how a line from F. Scott Fitzgerald's book "The Great Gatsby" sized up the privileged. The book was fiction - a novel.

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Mickey Rooney - Yes, We Can Prevent That Kind Of Career Meltdown

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Usually if we could make the transition from college or graduate/professional schools to accommodating reality, we can make that leap into being grown up. A few years ago, I assisted Boston Millennial entrepreneur, Andrew Bachman , with a communications project. Mickey Rooney had a very strong start. And a very early one. He was a hit on stage from age two.

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Dale Carnegie: Developed Machiavellian Bear Hug, Just Right for America

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" I invested in several Carnegie courses and even served as a graduate assistant. Corporations like Dale Carnegie training because it does change behavior.  And not only in transforming inept public speakers into presenters with presence.  Those leaders and employees also get the hang of giving Machiavellian bear hugs that are suited for American culture.  From his own early adversity, Carnegie developed bullet-proof ways to persuade.

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Communication Strategies: Impression Management

The Communication Blog

If you want a recommendation, you might say, “Would it be possible for you to write me a recommendation for graduate school” rather than “You have to write me a recommendation for graduate school.” Confessions of incompetence and inability often bring assistance from others. Impression management (some writers use the terms self-presentation or identity management) refers to the processes you go through to communicate the impression you want other people to have of you.

Universal Basic Income - Psychic Shift From Work Ethic to Taking Hand-Outs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, even with that sophisticated assistance, former workers face downward trajectories. " From my junior year in high school until graduation from college, I worked as a long-distance operator at New Jersey Bell Telephone. From Oakland and Stockton, California all the way to the nation of Finland, there are experiments in Universal Basic Income (UBI). Here in Fortune Grace Donnelly describes what could be The Future: Accepting a payout in exchange for not working. 

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Never Ghost-Free, But.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I feared she would die, leaving me alone with all those classmates hoping to graduate with a MRS. But Charlotte made it back to the dorm. That  Maybe I can some of that outsource that to a Virtual Assistant. Is it possible for adults determined to move forward with our little lives to become "ghost-free? Not likely. I've been wrestling with ghosts since the mid 1960s.

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