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How Back-Breaking Work Put My Ego Back Together

Hedia Anvar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Hedia Anvar

There is no shame in earning your own way in what amounts to hard labor. It's actually honorable. Mining strengths I did not know I possessed put my ego back in action.

WATCH: Stories You Won't Believe From Some Of The World's Dirtiest Jobs

TEDTalks | Posted 09.03.2014 | Home
TEDTalks

Are people who do physically demanding, not-afraid-to-get-dirty jobs like farming, mining and sheep castration (yes, you read that right) the happiest people on earth? So says Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." See if he changes your mind about what it means to be happy at work.

Is Shop Class the Answer?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

While encouraging more students to pursue a technical degree may seem attractive for the short term, the long view suggests that a wholesale shift away from encouraging all those who can to pursue a college degree will significantly affect their career longevity.

Work, It's a Dirty Job We Should All Love Doing

Phil Butler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Home
Phil Butler

"We've declared war on work." With two minutes to go in Mike Rowe's solid TEDTalk on the merits of dirty jobs, the host who's done maybe more crappy jobs than anyone, he spills the beans on a huge problem.

WATCH: Stories You Won't Believe From Some Of The World's Dirtiest Jobs

TEDTalks | Posted 01.28.2014 | Home
TEDTalks

mike roweAre people who do physically demanding, not-afraid-to-get-dirty jobs like farming, mining and sheep castration (yes, you read that right) the happiest people on earth?

Dave Jamieson

Workers Strike At Walmart Warehouse

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business

Workers at a Walmart-contracted warehouse in Southern California went on strike Wednesday to demand better conditions at their facility, according to ...

Are We Too Picky?

Anne Zink | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

Somewhere between the early '80s and today, we seem to have forgotten work feels good! It's empowering to finish the day knowing you accomplished something no matter how menial. I am concerned we've become very uppity.

The Peach-Picker Shortage

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

There seems to be a shortage of peach-pickers in Marysville, California. Or maybe not. Peach farms in the Marysville region -- in particular, the p...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Warehouse Under Investigation By California Labor Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Investigators in California have discovered numerous labor law violations at a massive warehouse handling Walmart goods, according to st...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Lawmaker Hires More Unemployed Workers To Clean Up His Yard

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

A Republican politician in North Carolina has successfully recruited two unemployed workers to clean up his yard after the first jobless constituent h...

Dave Jamieson

A Labor Fight Over Hotel Bedsheets

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

When she isn’t sidelined by an injury, Nenita Ibe cleans 16 rooms a day at the Santa Clara hotel where she’s worked for 10 years. Since some rooms...

College-Educated Flock To Skilled Manual Labor

washingtonpost.com | Carol Morello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

They started out studying aerospace engineering, creative writing and urban planning. But somewhere on the path to accumulating academic credentials, ...

More Americans Now Turning To Day Labor Jobs Once Held By Illegal Immigrants

usatoday.com | Emily Bazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Growing ranks of U.S. citizens are heading to street corners and home improvement store parking lots to find day-labor work usually done by illegal im...