Like Kittens? Your Dream Job Has Just Arrived


You no longer need to spend your time at work discreetly browsing cat pictures whilst pretending to work!  A cat rehoming centre in Newcastle has asked for volunteer kitten cuddlers. 

Thinking this must be the dream? There is one slight drawback…

Many of the cats in the Westgate Ark centre are feral or semi-feral.

If you can survive cuddling the ferocious, gnarling balls of fluff and claws then this could be workplace utopia. The aim  is to help the animals get used to human beings – known as ‘socialisation’.

Paul Black, 55, of the Westgate Ark Centre, said, ‘We rescue a lot of pregnant cats and semi-feral kittens and they all need handling so that they’re nice and used to people, which makes them much more suitable for homes.’

We must all have a friend or ten who would love this job, share this and make a dream come true.


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3 Things The Job Market Taught Me About My Unrealistic Expectations

Everyones favorite interview question is, Where do you see yourself in five years?

Answering this question is difficult, especially when you can barely plan ahead for next weekend.

Were trained to be planners.

We plan out what goals and accolades well achieve this year, the next year and the year after that.

Theres nothing wrong with planning, but sometimes, its stressful when your plans dont always come to fruition.

Five years ago, I was 19. Do you know what my goals were?

1. Being a talk show host by 23.

I was under the impression my insanely charming and personable personality would have undoubtedly got me recognition to be everyones best friend via a talk show.

2. Partying and drinking Cristal with the likes of Jay Z and Beyonc.

Im not even joking. I really thought right out of college, I was going to skyrocket into success and be partying among the elite.

3. Living in a nice apartment with a good view in LA, San Francisco or New York.

This was perhaps one of my more realistic aspirations. However, while I live in LA with views of the city, its not in my own place. I live at my grandparents’ house.

I’ll let you in on a little secret:Ive hated every job I’ve had since college.

I know this sounds crass, but its honest.

Ive worked at a gym, spending a brutal five days a week waking up at 3:30 am to make it to work by 4:30 am.

There was also a point in time when I worked for a bickering, young lawyer couple, who enforced a mandatory overtime. (Is that legal?)

I’ve also had otherdead-end jobs that have only taughtme one or two skills.

When were in high school and college, were more or less led to believe a college degree is the ultimate ticket to a high-paying job.

At the very least, it will only take you a couple months to find a great job in your field.

This is a bunch of poo.

I find myself to be a motivated, determined and creative person.

Its mentally and creatively stifling to get stuck with a slew of jobs I barely like.

Why can’t I find a job I love?

1. You must have a decades worth of experience, even though youre in your early to mid-20s.

Pretty much every entry-level job at a company you actually want to work at has these crazy demands on how much experience hiring managers believe you should have.

They want you to have seven to 10 years experience, but they expect you to be fresh out of college?

So, you just thought Ive been prepping for this job since high school? Perfect.

2. Youre hired! Now good luck affording to live.

I never thought living on my own would be easy, but I didnt think it would be this hard.

It’s especially difficult in an area like Los Angeles, where most employers hardly pay you a living wage.

Student loans are already stressful enough, but add on rent and utilities? Good luck surviving.

Living with your parents (or a family member) well into your 20s is fairly common these days.

According to a Pew Research Center study, by April of this year, 26 percent of Millennials aged 18 to 34 were living at home with their parents.

3. Embrace the unexpected.

While I cant speak for others, Ill admit a majority of my own disappointment with my various jobs has been due to my unrealistic expectations.

I aimed my goals high and was confident in my abilities.

However, I didnt take into account how many other people also set their goals high and were confident in their own skills and talents.

The job market is tough, and unfortunately, you wont always be guaranteed a position just based on merit.

Rather than planning and setting deadlines for when youll reach various self-appointed accolades, its less stressful to just have aspirations and simply enjoy the journey of getting there.

Just when you think you have life figured out, it laughs back at you and shows you how wrong you are.

I hate my job not just because it actually is crappy, but mostly because its not everything I expected myself to have.

Im not bathing in expensive champagne.

Im not anchoring a news channel or even living in my own apartment.

Im just a 24-year-old woman working at a start-up company, making start-up money.

While this is not where I envisioned myself to be, Id rather spend my time challenging myself to better my situation and embracing the fact this will be a rocky journey.

While Im not where I’d hoped to be, I’m where Im meant to be.

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3 Things I Wish Id Done Differently When I Came Out As Transgender

When I was hired for my first office job a few months after graduating from college, I was still in deep denial about my gender identity and was presenting as a stereotypically feminine woman.

When I realized a year later that I really wasnt a woman and needed to transition, I was stuck in an awkward, but not that unusual position.

There are a few guides out there for coming out at work as transgender, but the ones I found were limited in scope and assumed a binary transition.

As a nonbinary transgender person, I struggled with how to present myself and how to come out.

Despite my best efforts to prepare, I botched some parts of the process, but others went smoothly.

If I could do it all over again, heres what I would do differently:

1. I would be clear about gender and pronouns.

Im a nonbinary person, which made coming out particularly tricky.

While nowadays most people know about trans men and trans women, a lot of folks are still unfamiliar with the concept of being nonbinary or genderqueer.

I had to decide if I wanted to come out as a nonbinary person and use ze/zir or they/them pronouns, or if I wanted to come out as a transgender man and use he/him pronouns.

I told the first few people that I came out to at work that I was nonbinary.

More than one of my coworkers expressed support for my transition to male, but looked confused when I tried to explain that I identified as neither male nor female.

I quickly realized that for me, it wasnt worth trying to explain the concept of nonbinary or to teach everyone new pronouns in my professional life.

I wish that I had just told people from the start that I was a transgender man and avoided some of the confusion.

Unfortunately, were often faced with only two boxes: male and female.

Trans man isnt my identity, but its a much more accurate and comfortable identity for me than cisgender woman.

That said, I have nonbinary friends who have successfully come out as nonbinary and advocated for they/them pronouns.

Ultimately, you have to consider the best way to represent your identity in a way thats comfortable and authentic, all while still being practical professionally.

2. I would pick a better-fitting name.

Picking a new name that fits with your gender can be a very daunting process.

The first name I picked was a gender-neutral variant on my old name.

I liked it a lot, but people often mispronounced it.

Even worse, they assumed it was a feminine name.

It wasnt much of an issue in my personal life, as people listened when I corrected them, but it was much more frustrating at work.

Next time, I would pick a name that clearly fit the image I wanted at work, which for me was unambiguously male.

If youre not sure about how a name fits or how strangers will react to it, you could try it out by using it at coffee shops.

Youll get to see how you feel when your name is called, and you can figure out the common mispronunciations, if any.

Your employer will probably need to keep your legal name in your records (until or unless you legally change it), so that the company can pay you and report your income to the IRS.

Even so, your employer should be able to use your chosen name for your email and other communications that take place outside of HR and payroll.

3. I would make a plan for communicating my new name and pronouns.

This was my biggest mistake.

While I worked with my coworkers and supervisor to ensure my new name and pronouns were communicated appropriately within the organization, I never put together a plan to tell all of our contacts at other companies.

I regretted this through the rest of my time at the organization.

When I left, some people were still referring to me by feminine pronouns, even though my coworkers and people who met me more recently used he/him.

I should have worked with my supervisor to devise a plan to communicate my name change and, where appropriate, pronouns to those outside of the organization.

If youre coming out at work, Id encourage you to work with a trusted supervisor, coworker or HR contact to discuss how your transition and new name and pronouns should be communicated to your contacts.

This may be helpful for your boss or HR to read, if you feel comfortable sending it their way.

Coming out at work wasnt a complete disaster, though.

There were a few things I did in the process that I would absolutely do again:

1. I talked with the people I was most comfortable with first

Coming out at work can be scary because you often dont know how everyone will react.

I decided to ease into it by coming out to the coworkers I was most friendly with first.

While this could have potentially backfired if one of my coworkers was transphobic, I had spent the months before testing the waters by seeing how they reacted to casual mentions of gender and sexual orientation issues that came up in the news and popular culture.

Theres no way to be entirely sure how everyone will react, but it made it a lot easier to come out to my supervisor and then my supervisors supervisor knowing I already had a couple of coworkers on my side.

2. I came out after I had been dressing consistently masculine for six months and had started hormone treatment.

Consistent presentation helped me a lot.

Even though in my personal life my style is a little more gender-ambiguous, I decided to present in stereotypically masculine fashion at work for over six months before I came out to my coworkers.

I also started hormone treatment prior to coming out, which increased my confidence and helped me look less feminine.

While gendered norms of appearance can be tiring and potentially oppressive for transgender people, I did my best to use them to my advantage to ease the coming out process.

For me, it felt more natural to slowly shift into wearing mens clothing and presenting in a more butch fashion before coming out as transgender.

That said, my approach was what worked best for me, but other trans people might be more comfortable with a different approach.

One of my friends, who is a transgender woman, came out to her employer before she changed her work wardrobe.

After coming out, she continued presenting mostly masculine until a specific date, after which she markedly switched to presenting very feminine.

She found this approach more comfortable and safer for her than if she had started wearing dresses or obvious makeup before coming out to her boss and coworkers.

Either way, its important to remember your medical transition is your personal business.

You dont have to be on hormones to come out as transgender, and youre under no obligation to tell your employer where you are in your medical transition.

3. I checked state laws and organizational policy.

Before coming out, I did some research into anti-discrimination laws surrounding gender identity.

In Massachusetts, its explicitly illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender or gender identity.

There is also precedent set by the courts that discrimination against trans employees is covered by Title VII, and is therefore illegal*.

While this doesnt mean its impossible to be fired or not hired for being transgender, this information did give me a little more peace of mind.

My company was quite small and only listed gender, not gender identity, in their nondiscrimination policy.

However, many larger companies may list gender identity or even have specific policies regarding transgender employees.

Overall, my gender transition at work was really awkward, but not terrible.

I stayed at the organization for over a year and a half after coming out, and no one ever made a fuss about it.

I do want to acknowledge that I did have several advantages that not everyone has when coming out at work.

I worked at a relatively liberal nonprofit, I lived in a relatively liberal city and I was transitioning to male and could reasonably pass as male after several months on hormones.

Not everyone will have the same advantages, and its important to consider your safety when considering whether to come out in the workplace.

If youre in a position where you feel that you can come out, I wish you the best!

Coming out is a big step, but if its safe for you to do so, it can help you lead a happier life, both in and out of work.

*I am not a lawyer, and this should not be construed as legal advice.

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These 26 People Have Failed At Their Job So Hard It Hurts. Awkwarrrrd.

Most people hate their jobs at some point. After all, nothing in life is certain but death, taxes, and being really annoyed with waking up early every day.

Although, there is a difference between hating your job and just being straight up bad at it. These people have failed so hard at their jobs that it makes you ponder the state of the world. How are these people even employable?

Once you see these pictures you’ll ask, “How long did it take for these people to get fired?”

1.) Who wouldn’t want to read that article?

2.) I hope they cleaned that up pretty fast.

3.) Just jump it. Duh.

4.) Not handicap accessible. I see how it is.

5.) Men can wear those, too!

6.) This is more frightening than the roller coaster itself.

7.) Wow, we skipped ahead.

8.) While he didn’t quite fail at his job, at the same time, he did not succeed.

9.) Stop being so humble!

10.) We lost your mom. Whoops.

11.) This dog walker is taking the easy way out.

12.) You’d hate to see that.

13.) That’s gonna cost another $15,000 to fix, by the way.

14.) They must hate the person with the afternoon shift.

15.) “Yeah boss, I lost them all.” “Where?” “In the ocean… No, I’m not making this up.”

16.) Just embrace the poop.

17.) The engineer who designed this building failed SUPER hard.

18.) Do not take this literally.

19.) I don’t even have a witty thing to say about that. Just baffled.

20.) Oh boy. Call the tow truck.

21.) What? You don’t like the new finish I put on your car?

22.) Even the cops don’t pay their tickets!

23.) This was a close call for that house.

24.) Well, that doesn’t even seem like a sale. That’s just shopping.

25.) Some people have their priorities all wrong.

26.) Poor stitch job.

Be thankful that you (probably) aren’t as bad as these people at your job. Let’s all get it together and try to do our jobs half-assed. It’s the least we can do.

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‘Do you know what your job is?’: Harry Reid defends latest Obamacare delay!/SenatorReid/status/433256413499236352

As Twitchy reported, Republicans are complaining about (and ridiculing) the latest delay to Obamacare implementation. President Obama this morning called it just a “minor adjustment” for a “really small” number of mid-size employers.

That “minor” adjustment delays for an additional year portions of Obamacare for employers with 50-99 workers. It also handily delays the impact on employers until after the mid-term elections.!/RBPundit/status/433257270843936768

Good point. If it’s the law, what is the executive branch doing deciding which portions to enforce?!/redsteeze/status/433256892866256896!/KatyinIndy/status/433268104454340608

Here’s something for Reid to ponder in his copious spare time.!/WEMcCormick/status/433267850375991296

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When A Homeless Man Asked Her For Food, She Gave Him Something Even Better

When a homeless man wandered into this restaurant one day asking for food, the business owner had a better idea. Why not give him a job so he’d never be hungry again?

He had a bunch of felonies under his belt and a drug addiction to boot, but instead of turning him away, the restaurant owner said that he could enjoy a meal after washing dishes for two hours. After that, something tremendous happened.

Not only did he last the full 2 hours, but after he was done, he ran outside to split the sandwich he got from the restaurant with another homeless person.

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A friend of mine does something nice in her own way and now people are being negative about it. Come on people she did what she felt was right. You go mama don’t let negative minds put u down Cesi Abi

Posted by Coreisi Pamela on Friday, March 25, 2016

The woman in charge, pictured below, was so impressed by his behavior that she let him come back day after day to wash dishes and eat. The best part is that he’s now an official employee!

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I’ll give this 100 days happy challenge ….might just last 30 mins but ill give it a shot lol

Posted by Cesi Abi on Friday, October 9, 2015

To help him deal with his addiction issues and get back on his feet, she told the man that she’d set 10 percent of each paycheck aside to teach him how to manage his money.

It’s amazing how one seemingly small act of kindness helped someone turn his entire life around. Thousands of people live with the harsh realities of homelessness every single day, and most of them just need a second chance. If we all approached charity the way that this restaurant owner just did, we could stop homelessness in its tracks.

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Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Job-Hopping In Your 20s

I am newly 24 years old (yay Leo birthdays), so I dont claim to know everything. That would be ridiculous, especially if you know me.

However, I did come to a pretty interesting realization recently.

On one hand, I know many people my age who have always known the career path ahead of them. By the time they entered college, they were prepared and excited to become engineers, lawyers and businessmen and women, which is great.

But on the other hand, theres me. And maybe you?

If youre like me, youve always had a variety of interests. Your passions may have shifted in the years between high school and college, and as you graduated college, you couldnt really see your future quite yet.

Having a job is important (necessary even, if you feel like paying your bills), but just because you graduated with a certain degree and accepted your first post-grad job offer doesnt mean the company youre with now is where you need to stay forever.

In fact, Id even say that because it is where you are starting your professional life, it shouldnt be where you end it.

I am all for brand/company loyalty, so dont misunderstand that. If you can move up from entry level to executive, then by all means stay with your current employer.

However, your 20s is when you have a unique opportunity that you dont want to miss.

Youre at the point where youre old enough to have an idea of what you want in your career, but maybe you dont know exactly what job will lead you to true success in that endeavor.

If youre in grad school, then this doesnt necessarily apply to you in the same manner, unfortunately. But the general idea should still be considered.

When enteringgrad school, you start off with a field of study you know youll be pursuing. But within that field, there are specializations.

And you probably dont know which specialization youre going to end up pursuing right away. You may have one in mind, but when it comes down to it,the odds of you choosing an alternative are high.

Our plans never work out as they were originally planned. And thats OK. As we change and grow, our plans for our lives should change along with us.

Throughout our 20s, this line of thinking should alwaysapply: Try as many different subjects as you can leading up to your final decision.

You wont regret wasting a little bit of time in a field you dont end up liking because now you know for certain that youre not meant for that path.

Thats why your 20s are pivotal.

Take the time to learn about the many opportunities that are out there in your field (or a new field, if youre so inclined).

If you love your company but your current job doesnt satisfy a certain career need, then maybe talk to your boss about looking at a new department.

If you wake up one day and realize youd rather have a traveling position, then its the right time to try it. The moment you feel the need to change is the exact moment youre ready for a change.

Do you hate sitting in the office? Then try something different. You may end up appreciating your 9-to-5 much more, or youll realize youre much happier with the change.

The point is this: At age 24, you can change your job after starting at your entry level positionright after college. And in another year, you can do it again.

As you grow older, youll be able to see how each unique opportunity changed you or your perspective. Im not saying you should quit your job tomorrow to look for something better just for the hell of it, but hey, you can do that too.

Experience is the education the world provides for you.

Go live and learn so that in the years to follow, you know youre exactly where you should be.

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