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A Look into the Job Market in Australia

Career paths and the job market are changing in the land down under. With 1 in 5 Australian university graduates unable to secure a job in their field of study, graduates and the government alike, know an intervention is needed. The stigma around TAFE or ‘technical and further education,’ is not new. It’s assumed, that those with jobs in trades only end up here because they couldn’t make it in the professional arena. However, recent salary reports and more importantly, satisfaction reports indicate this is far from true. The job market in Australia is experiencing a steep decline in...

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Black in China

What’s your name? Desmond Wiggan Jr. What brought you to China and which parts have you visited? I came to China as part of my MBA program which allowed me to study here while also teaching some Undergraduate business classes. I live in the Henan province, and traveled throughout the province to many cities. Also, have been to Shanghai and Beijing. What was your first impression? My first impression was that life here was so different for obvious reasons. With the way the government controls media they don’t live the same life as we do in other parts of...

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The World’s Largest Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival boasts an extraordinary and majestic display of lighted ice sculptures, ice lanterns, ice hotels, dog sledding and winter sports and activities. Followed by, the Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada, the Oslo Helmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway, and the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Harbin’s display is the most intriguing and dazzling of the ice and snow festivals. In its 34th year, the festival runs from December 24 to February 25, in the bone-chilling dead of winter. Located in northeast China, the city has...

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Ramen in Japan

What’s your name? Brian MacDuckston What brought you to Japan and how long have you been there? I came to Japan in 2006 to get away from the tech world and teach English. Over 11 years now! What are some of the biggest cultural differences compared to what you’ve experienced back in the U.S.? Although I’m from a big city (San Francisco), even countryside Japan can be super crowded. The sheer number of people is a trip for me. Are there any areas of Japan that a newcomer should avoid and has safety ever been a concern for you?...

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NEOM – A post-oil mega city in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has set a very ambitious target for himself and his nation. The crux of Vision 2030 is Neom; a revolutionary ultra-modern mega-city the likes of which have never been seen. Neom is derived from ‘neo’ or new, and ‘mustaqbal’ the Arabic word for future. As the name suggests, the vision boasts futuristic capabilities and artificial intelligence. Ending the reliance on oil, this vision promises a paradigm shift towards a non-traditional lifestyle, powered by clean energy and more robots than people. Yes, robots in Neom’s Saudi Arabia. Around 10,000 square miles of barren...

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