Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Tells Online Writing Class Those “Bad Things” Really Happened

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Now that you’ve seen the Season Two finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale – or even if you haven’t yet – author Margaret Atwood has something she’d like you to know about her original 1985 book, or more specifically, all the “bad things” included therein.

“I didn’t make them up,” says the writer in this exclusive new trailer for her Masterclass sessions. Atwood is the latest high-profile instructor to offer writing classes with the online education company, joining Aaron Sorkin, R.L. Stine and David Mamet, among others.

“When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale,” Atwood says in the promo, “nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time. The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’

“I didn’t make them up.”

Atwood’s creative writing class is open for pre-enrollment at masterclass.com/ma, with price points at $90 and $180. Atwood says she’ll “share how I wrote my stories, and my processes and tips, with people who want to write fiction themselves.”

The description for her class says the author will discuss writing speculative and historical fiction, and “novels based on dystopian societies.” Students also will get a look at Atwood’s research materials, the first handwritten draft of The Handmaid’s Tale, and manuscript draft materials of her 1996 novel (later CBC and Netflix miniseries) Alias Grace.

Highlight of the trailer? Atwood’s idea for a new opening line to Little Red Riding Hood: “It was dark inside the wolf.”


Millennials work out career angst and relationships on the Sunshine …

Olivia Hutt and Sara Vickruck star in This, Here, which runs at the Culture Lab from July 18 to 28.

If we are to work, then what are we to work for?

That’s the central question running through This, Here, a new play from Vancouver’s Babelle Theatre. In the play, three characters who have all come to a crossroads in their lives gather on the Sunshine Coast.

“All three are at the point of abandoning what they’re doing or deciding to continue on,” said playwright James Gordon King. “They meet, support and ultimately try to help one another get through.”

The play is set in Gibsons Landing, where Alison (Olivia Hutt) and Maddie (Sarah Vickruck) have come from Toronto to help Alison’s father Brian settle in. Both Alison and Maddie, who have been together for two years, are dissatisfied with their careers; Maddie is burnt out from running a small catering business, and Alison is frustrated with her acting career. Brian (David Bloom), meanwhile, is a playwright who can’t finish the play he’s been working on for the past five years.

King and director Marie Farsi founded Babelle Theatre four years ago. Rivulets: Three Short Plays About a Flood, their inaugural production, garnered seven Jessie Richardson nominations (and won for King’s script). Movements 1&2, their second production, premiered in 2016 to sold-out houses. The company’s mandate is to mount shows that appeal to millennial-and-younger theatregoers.

Olivia Hutt and Sara Vickruck star in This, Here, which runs at the Culture Lab from July 18 to 28. Jackie Dives / PNG

The two believe that the themes in This, Here will resonate with that group.

“They’re really interested in that question of how to live, and whether or not having a career is a worthwhile endeavour,” King said.

He cites as inspiration a friend who decided, after two years’ practice and thousands of dollars in education, that law wasn’t for her.

“Often people don’t know that something isn’t for them until they try it,” King said. “This friend that’s moving out of law — there’s no rational conversation you could have had with her previous to that transition. I’m hoping through theatre to explore this territory.

“We’re interested in using theatre as a metaphor for being, to ask questions about how we relate to one another in the role, what roles we play, which are most important, which are arbitrary and fake. I feel like those sorts of questions are on a lot of millennials’ minds.”

Farsi thinks that the idea of a young woman returning home to spend time with a parent is relatable across generations.


Want To Pursue A Career In Gaming Industry? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Want To Pursue A Career In Gaming Industry? Here's Everything You Need To Know

“A decade ago, video games were unchartered territory and Tetris (the addictive tile matching puzzle video game that started the craze!) was perhaps the only video game that we were familiar with. Hand held gaming was still in its infancy and consoles were a luxury that only a few could afford. The phenomenon that gaming has now become can be attributed to a string of factors that revolutionised the industry and made it into what it is today,” says Manvendra Shukul, CEO of Lakshya Digital, a graduate of Delhi University, and a self-taught programmer.

We talked to Mr. Shukul and he gave us these inputs on how to pursue a career in gaming industry:

The gaming industry

“The gaming industry is estimated to be worth $ 100 billion globally and is the largest segment within the entertainment industry; standalone, it exceeds the movies or music segments. The Indian gaming industry is currently valued at over $300 million or approximately Rs. 2000 Crores. With a population of 1.3 billion people and two thirds of them under the age of 35, India has the world’s largest youth population. With this distinct advantage India has the potential to becoming one of the world’s leading markets for gaming.

Gaming as profession

“Gaming is not only one of the fastest growing markets in India, it is also becoming a career option of choice for a vast number of talented young students from diverse backgrounds.  Game Art professionals are in great demand across the globe. The result is that there is huge employment potential for young aspirants within India as it develops as an outsourcing hub for international gaming companies.

“Career options in the gaming industry range from Game Animation, Game Art Creation in 3D and 2D, Game Design, Game Testing, Game Programming, Project Management, as well as General Management positions.

Courses for Gaming

“Students looking to make a career in the field of game art should consider applying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program from a good university followed by a good training programme that is taught by professionals who can share their knowledge and give hands-on training on tools, techniques, and processes.

“Since there are so many different fragments of this industry, it takes a while for students to discover what field is suitable for them and this usually comes through trial and error therefore it makes sense to enrol in a generalized game art program that provides fundamental training and exposure to each of the areas to enable the student to get a more thorough understanding of what skills are required to work in that area.

Skills necessary in Gaming profession

“While artistic ability is a key pre-requisite for a career in Game Art creation, one also needs to be skilled in the use of digital tools like Maya, Max, Photoshop, Z Brush, Substance Designer etc. and have a rudimentary understanding of how game engines such as Unreal or Unity work.
“Finally, one needs to have knowledge of the video game art creation pipeline, and the processes and techniques involved in the creation of digital assets for games. A passion for gaming helps great!

How much you can earn

“Salaries offered in the gaming industry are comparable to other industries and are as per industry standards.   While newcomers start with a modest salary, the average artist salary is around 5-7 lakhs per annum. This can grow to 12 lakhs or more by the time one becomes a Lead (or even earlier) and can grow by huge leaps thereafter.

“Additionally, there are incentives and ESOPs for senior employees in companies with a good track record. Post-employment, the growth potential is immense and while – like everywhere – a lot depends on individual talent, skills, and the aspiration to succeed, gaming offers one of the most challenging and rrewarding employment opportunities in the jobs market today. No one who wants to be part of the future will want to miss this boat!”


4 Reasons why Germany has become the most preferred study abroad destination

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Home to the world famous Oktoberfest and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany has emerged as one of the most popular study abroad destinations in Europe. It’s rich and complex history, invigorating culture and world class universities make it an ideal place to study at.  As per Study.EU Country Ranking 2018, Germany took the top spot for second year in a row based on its attractiveness for foreign students. The countries were ranked according to three categories: education, costs, and life and career. Let’s take a look at 4 appealing reasons why you should study in Germany:

  1. Quality of Education

Universities in Germany offer world-class and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics. The country provides each student the option to choose from more than 14,500 bachelor and master degree programs. Out of these over 2,000 post-secondary courses are conducted in English language. Moreover, almost every university in the country offers an international study program where lecturers from around the world come to share their expertise.

  1. Minimal or no tuition cost

Cost of education is another appealing factor why you should consider studying in Germany rather than other expensive countries like USA, UK, etc. Educational institutions in 11 out of 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all for both local as well as international students. Some universities charge simple administrative fees between €100 and €500 per semester which includes the cost of public transportation.

  1. Internships and job opportunities

Most of the German Universities have designed their courses in a way that mandates internships. Not only do they provide you with excellent theoretical knowledge, but also back it up with meaningful practical experience, giving you an opening to the industry. After you complete your course from Germany, you are also eligible to stay for 18 months to pursue employment options. This is far longer than in the UK, where international students are only allowed to stay for few months after they complete their studies.

  1. Unlock life experiences

Studying there will give you a chance to explore the beauty and diversity, one of the world’s most developed countries has to offer up close.  The country’s rich history and vibrant culture will give you a chance to broaden your horizons and enrich your experiences. You’ll have plentiful options to explore the cities and enjoy a rich cultural experience of both the old and new. For example, you can go to a museum, or a theatre; you can sit in a beet garden or visit an old castle. You can also enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, watch a Bayern soccer game or eat Würst sausage in Frankfurt.

Germany is home to some of the top schools in Europe, such as the Technical University of Munich, Humboldt University, and the University of Aachen, and one of the best places to broaden your horizons. It is an ideal place to start your journey towards a career.  iae GLOBAL India can help you fulfill your abroad education dream by guiding you step-by-step through the entire admission process. Consult today for more information.


Recruitment 2018: ICT invites applications for 13 Director & Faculty posts

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It can be tough when your son or daughter moves away to university. And that challenge is only amplified if they’re going to another country. In fact, the whole process can be more stressful for parents than students, says Anna Moscrop, study abroad manager at the University of Exeter. But having a student child go abroad needn’t be filled with worry.

Students are increasingly keen to jet off for a degree or a semester. Some can’t resist an adventure, the chance to explore a new culture, or maybe even to soak up a bit more sunshine. For others, cost is the deciding factor; many European countries charge much less than the UK’s annual £9,000-plus tuition fees. Many young people also think that spending time abroad will improve their career prospects, a British Council study found.

British students can study in many places around the world, with many packing their bags for destinations across English-speaking nations such the US, Canada or Australia. On top of this, the number of courses taught in English in Europe is growing. International students can study in Germany or Norway for free. In France, average annual tuition fees are just £160 for most undergraduate programmes, while in Spain, the average cost is £577-£1,086 per year. Tuition fees in the US and Australia are higher – and both countries require a student visa – but scholarship options are available to international students.

With so much choice, parents will want to help students research destinations and cost. Rob Randall, a student who studied in Florida, says he was “very grateful” his dad helped him to do some research. And that research will be valuable to parents in the months to come. “You’ll be more able to understand that they will cope,” says Katrien Verbruggen, a study abroad manager at the University of East Anglia.

If studying full-time for a degree abroad seems like too much of a leap of faith for your son or daughter – and, perhaps, you – then the Erasmus programme may be of interest. Erasmus placements to Europe and beyond last for between two and 12 months, usually during a student’s second or third year. Organised through British universities, these placements provide students with a grant; the amount they get is dependent upon the destination.

The scope of Erasmus placements available to a student depends on their British university’s links to universities abroad – information that is normally available on their website. Students should consider the cost of different destinations and look into the course they would be studying. “Don’t get too distracted by the big poster attractions,” says Randall. “You’ve got to look at the whole university experience, like the course and accommodation.”

If your son or daughter is about to jet off, there are many ways to keep in touch. “We organised weekly Skype sessions,” says Randall, “and our family WhatsApp group was a nice reminder of life back home.” And don’t panic if they experience homesickness – culture shock is normal, says Moscrop. Support is in place at most foreign universities and young people often cope better than you expect them to, she adds.

Daniel Baker studied for his degree in Paris. He says parents tend to “overestimate rebelliousness and underestimate life skills”. If there’s a problem it will most likely just be getting lost, locked out, or losing something, he says.

Although the experience may be nerve-wracking, most students appreciate the benefits of studying abroad, says Naquita Lewis, higher education lead for Erasmus+ at the British Council. “They become stronger, more self-confident, self-aware, mature, and develop great life skills,” she says.

Kim O’Rourke says she has noticed a “huge difference” in her son, Conor, who studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University, but went to the US for a summer last year: “He’s broadened his horizons. It has been fantastic to see.”

‘New York is a long way. She was very nervous, naturally’

Robert Thomas, who lives in Penarth, Wales, tells us how he felt when his daughter, Lowri, went to study Arabic at Columbia University

Robert Thomas and his daughter, Lowri, on Penarth pier

When Lowri first told me she wanted to study at Columbia University I didn’t know where it was. Then when she told me it was in New York I thought: “Uh oh”. But it’s a different place to when my wife and I went there 20 years ago; it’s much safer now.

When Lowri left last August, I went to America with her brother and mum to say goodbye. That made all the difference. We helped her to move into her halls of residence and it was brilliantly organised. There were buses to take parents to shops to buy things like bedding.

On the last day we said goodbye, but it wasn’t until I got home that it really hit me. I opened the fridge to get some milk for my tea and saw an unopened box of olives. She loves olives and that’s when it hit me that she wouldn’t be eating them. I had a cry then.

Columbia had an introductory session for parents and it helped so much. Even before she went, they wrote to us as her parents and effectively said: “We know you’ll be worried about her but don’t be – we’ll look after her.” And that is so reassuring.

She was very nervous, naturally. It’s a long way from home. She can’t bring her washing home at the weekend. If she’s feeling a bit homesick she can’t pop back for a bowl of cawl.

But there’s a thriving Welsh community in New York and there are some Welsh societies and she’s met people there.

The great thing about modern technology is you can keep in touch in a myriad of ways. Being able to actually see the person you’re talking to on a video call – that’s very reassuring. But she uses the whole range of social media – Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook. So you get a very comprehensive picture of what she’s doing.

I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity she has. The education she’s getting is Ivy league and as an international student she’s met people from all over the world. She’s become very independent. For example, she’s planning to go to San Francisco with her friend.

I think my main advice for other parents is to do as much research as you can before they go away. You can talk to people, find out about the teachers and even see who goes to the university – all before they go.

Beyond Britain: tips for studying abroad

Tour tips: a few local phrases can make all the difference
 Tour tips: a few local phrases can make all the difference Photograph: Minori Ueda/Getty Images/EyeEm

Whether they’re jetting off to sun-soaked Barcelona, or preparing to hit the beach in Sydney, your child is sure to be excited about the adventure that awaits. The parent’s role here is clear: to make sure none of the practical necessities get forgotten in the maelstrom of anticipation. Here’s a few pointers:

Travel and health insurance
For countries like America, Australia and New Zealand, you’ll need to take out the host university health insurance if you want to get a student visa. If you’re in Europe, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will cover you for emergencies and temporary stays, but you may still need to get insurance as well.

Read through all the information the host university sends about visas and make sure your child does too, says Moscrop, so everyone is clear about what needs to be done.

Know what to do in an emergency
Check where the nearest embassy will be and put emergency phone numbers into your phone. Doing this in advance can be invaluable if you run into problems when you’re abroad, says Moscrop.

Photocopy everything
It’s a good idea to photocopy all of your important documents, including your passport. And if you need ID for a night out, don’t take your passport, says Baker: “If you lose your driving licence, you can’t drive abroad, but if you lose your passport, you can’t leave.”

Sort out your money
TransferWise and the Post Office have international travel cards, but Baker says the best tactic is to open a local bank account and use TransferWise to add money. “This will help if you want to work abroad too,” he says.

Learn a few local phrases
Know your “hola” from your “hallo”, even if your course will be in English, says Baker: “In my experience, trying to speak the local language can make all the difference.” Download apps like Duolingo or Babbel to help.

Pack lightly and with good bags
Get your suitcases shipped to your new address, Baker says: “You’ll be figuring out a new public transportation system and being overloaded with luggage will make it harder.” Also, invest in a sturdy satchel that clips closed. “These are easier than rucksacks to keep an eye on when you’re on packed public transport,” Baker adds.


Recruitment 2018: ICT invites applications for 13 Director & Faculty posts

Recruitment 2018: ICT invites applications for 13 Director & Faculty posts

Recruitment 2018: The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai has issued recruitment notification for the post of Faculty. Last date for submission of the application form is July 20. The applicants should apply before the last date before last date of application submission in the prescribed format. The candidates should go through the official notification before applying for the posts. They have to make sure that they meet all the criteria given in the notification. They should make sure that they do not make any mistake while filling up the application form. Any error in the application can lead to cancellation of the form.
Recruitment 2018: Vacancy details
There are 13 posts of Faculty open for recruitment.

Recruitment 2018: Educational Qualification:
Director: The candidates should have Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering / Chemical Technology/ Pharmacy/ Food Technology/ Textile Engineering/ Energy Engineering/ Petrochemical Engineering.
Professor: The candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree in the relevant subject.
Associate Professor: The applicants should hold Ph.D. in relevant subject.
Assistant Professor: The applicants should hold a Ph.D. in relevant subject.
Associate Dean (Industry) for Industry Liaison and Placements: Masters degree in Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering / Chemical Technology/ Pharmacy/ Food Technology/ Textile Engineering/ Energy Engineering/ Petrochemical Engineering in First class or equivalent CGPA score at either Bachelor or Master level and Masters of Business Administration.

How to apply:
The candidates can apply through ictmumbai.edu.in before last date of submission of the application form.


Teacher recruitment 2018: Delhi University hiring drive comes to screeching halt

Teacher recruitment 2018: Delhi University hiring drive comes to screeching halt

Teacher recruitment 2018: Delhi University has suspended the recruitment process of 2000 faculty posts due to the confusion over the implementation of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) March 5th notification on quota.

Most of the colleges under Delhi University have cancelled the interviews for the advertised posts. On the other hand, some colleges have started the interview process following the new rule. The new rule is expected to reduce representation of SCs and STs in the faculty.

The appointment process to fill the vacant posts which have been pending since 2016 was suppose to start in March. Following the standard 200-point system wherein the number of reserved positions be calculated by treating the university/institution as a single unit the university has already prepared the roster. However, there has been no clarity on which formula to be followed while making the roster.

But, after the UGC had directed all educational institutions getting grants-in-aid that reservations for SC/ST teacher posts to be calculated department-wise rather than institution-wise, the process could not move further, reports DNA.

UGC’s notification is based on an Allahabad High Court directive April 2017. However, UGC had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, to withdraw the order and asked the educational institutions not to hire any faculty member using the new formula following the immense protest against the move.

Raising the issue, DU Teachers Association (DUTA) wrote to the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar saying, “Over 4000 ad-hoc teachers currently employed in University of Delhi and its colleges were employed on the basis of 200 point Roster treating College/Department as a unit”.


Scrum will put your project management career on track — learn how for only $39

Scrum will put your project management career on track — learn how for only $39

If you’re familiar with project management, then you’re also likely familiar with Agile. And for those who use the methodical approach to getting a software product from idea to store shelves, the Agile offshoot Scrum is one of the most popular project frameworks in the industry.

Right now, you can go deep inside Scrum and how it can impact everyone involved in the development process with the Complete Learn to Scrum course bundle. The package (a $1,140 value) is on sale right now for just $39 from TNW Deals.

This collection includes five separate courses, each contoured to address different employee groups and their place in the overall Scrum process. Scrum focuses on helping team members set short-term goals, and use those regular guide points to help cut down on unexpected surprises, control risk, and ultimately bring a successful project in on-time, on-budget, and up to everyone’s expectations.

Whether you’re learning Scrum for the first time, working to master your skills, or already a dedicated practitioner, this collection of instruction breaks down the steps for using, managing, or even owning product development from start to finish.

This training will also prepare you to achieve PMI certification as a project manager, a highly-valued accreditation that routinely boosts job prospects significantly.

At over 90 percent off its regular price, you can pick up the entire package at the wallet-friendly price of only $39.


What Do Millennials Want In Their career?

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Millennials are feeling discouraged . Those who previously held a more positive perception about business have now taken a sharp turn, declining at a rapid pace. In a newly released 2018 study by Deloitte, only 48% of Millennials believe businesses behave ethically compared to 65% in 2017. And their criticism extends to leadership as they don’t see a clear vision from today’s executives on how they will help improve society. These factors impact where Millennials want to work and the roles they want to pursue. Companies don’t seem to be offering what Millennials want as well as what they need to succeed.

Last year, I presented at the Global Drucker Forum in Austria, Vienna and shared that inclusive leadership is the pathway to employee prosperity and employer profitability with Millennials driving the demand. This is no surprise when you see the trends in career path interests of Millennial women. Take for example, Kaylyn who is currently an intern and identifies as Asian American with roots in both Japan and Vietnam. Back at Santa Clara University in California, she led an executive board of 25 people, in which they organized and plannned events around racial justice and equality in response to current events on campus and in the country. She works with other student leaders of color to create events and platforms for conversations pertaining to Japanese American and Asian American communities, as well as other intersectional and inter-marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQIA community, undocumented community, and religious minorities. Her advocacy for diversity and inclusion has led to discussions with administrators and the Office of Student Life. These are life skills and leadership capabilities that any company should leap to engage and advance.

This is also déjà vu for me. In 2000, I served as Student Government President at the University of Pittsburgh where I also advocated for a Multicultural Center and worked with our Vice Provost of Student Affairs on a vision for elevating and celebrating our incredibly diverse student body. But a clear pathway to continue this work in corporate America wasn’t visible to me almost 20 years ago whereas now departments and offices for Global Inclusion and Diversity are growing across Fortune 500 companies. This is where Millennials and Gen Z want to be and what they expect to see at potential employers.

In a recent survey I facilitated with current female college students, I asked them to describe their ideal boss. They shared sentiments such as ”someone who respects, honors and truly values each other’s opinions” and “someone who can create conversations where we can teach one another” are quite reflective of the inclusive, authentic leadership style Millennials crave. They value openness, transparency, strong communication and the ability to adapt to different styles of connecting. And it was also quite clear that they don’t want managers be martyr role models but to demonstrate a commitment to their professional and personal life.

Diversity and flexibility are clear factors in attracting and retaining millennial talent particularly women . Culture and rewards aligned with their values will get them through the door but learning and inclusion keep them from walking back out. Year after year, studies find that the investment in technical and leadership skills and knowledge for Millennials and Gen Z is lacking. Only four in 10 millennials and three in 10 working Gen Z believe they have the skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive. That’s where the disappointment turns to discouragement and disengagement. Why aren’t companies investing in their growth? They think they won’t stick around and they believe it’s too costly. Developing leadership skills and competencies that help to unleash their potential doesn’t always have to be home grown. You can send Millennials to conferences, encourage them to sit on panels (they have a voice too even as interns!) and sponsor their participation in online learning platforms.