Reduce impacts on climate change; make less purchases; change your lifestyle

There are a lot of talks these days about how to save the environment and safeguard the future for our kids and grand kids.

Countries like Bangladesh, the Maldives and the Netherlands are highly threatened by rising sea water. Mother earth is experiencing droughts, floods and hurricanes like never before. Families are losing their homes and the financial cost of natural disasters is gigantic; 91 Billion USD in 2018 -> CNBC.

The question is what we can do to minimize the impacts of climate change? How can we live a more sustainable life?

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Quality of life in China. Reasons of living in China. Pros and cons. Expat thoughts.

How would you describe an expat’s life in China? In this article, I share my experiences of living and working in China.

In this article, I’m not going to cover the beautiful Chinese landscape and tasty Chinese food, but instead focus on life in China from a business and relationship aspect.

The reason for moving to China was threefold: Firstly, before relocating to China, I had a well-paid job at 3 recognised universities in Saigon, Vietnam. At the end of the contracts, I was offered a director position at Concordia international school in China with a higher salary, and the city of Xiamen offered a convenient lifestyle.

Secondly, the GDP growth in south east Asia including China beats Europe and the USA with at least 400% which implies a growing job market and more opportunities to do something interesting from an expat and westerners’ point of view. Being stuck in Europe means daily breakfast talks about continuous downsizing, outsourcing and redundancy. The opposite is true for China and Vietnam.

Last but not least, China is a perfect destination if you aim at shipping products to western markets leading to high profit margins for all parties involved. If you are good at connecting with procurement managers in your homeland, finding suppliers in China is not that hard. Chinese love to deal with European and American markets and you may end up as the business bridge between China and your homeland.

Overall, I enjoy my stay in China, but the excitement depends on where you live, and what job you have, and your experience is highly impacted by how professional your employer is concerning treatment of foreign staff, besides the remuneration package.

Positive experiences in China include (1) genuine Chinese hospitality (2) above average returns (3) a comfortable climate (4) safety (5) interpersonal growth.

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Getting an MBA: It’s hard times and costly; is it worth the efforts?

Is it worth getting an MBA? I graduated with a British MBA in international business (distinction), and I know what it takes to complete an MBA and how such degree can assist in future careers.

And MBA is an executive program (primarily aimed for people in C-level roles, or, for candidates who aspire to enter such roles). The program combines leadership, teamwork, presentation skills, negotiation skills, consultative strategies, finance, accounting, operations management, human resource management and personal development.

An MBA is completed in 1 year in the UK, full-time or 2-3 years, part-time.

MBA stands for Master of Business Administration. It’s a tough program, with full-time studies, 9-5 in-class, plus daily homework, and individual assignments, and there is a requirement to take part in school events and group work.

Candidates who complete an MBA are highly ambitious career hunters who seek interpersonal development, and, to understand different functions of a business and how to solve various organisational needs and problems leading to growth and competitive advantage.

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Don’t hire only PhD:s and professors to teach at the university

In my role of university lecturer, I’ve come across a very important discussion: whether you must have a PhD to teach at the university.

First of all, some of the best teachers on the planet did not have a PhD (Socrates, Aristotle, Platon) and they were part of a civilisation that revolutionised the world in its time. Ancient Greeks taught philosophy, medicine, warfare strategy, history and geography to important figureheads such as King Alexander the Great of Hellas who built an empire from Greece all the way to the shores of India.

A PhD implies 3-5 years of additional heavy research following a masters’ degree, were PhD students deepen their knowledge in a specific field. They become subject matter experts in a narrowed area and they earn the highest academic degree with the recognition of being able to research a topic, and to structure, present and defend a thesis of some 50,000-100,000 words. But are they better teachers because they have a PhD?

In my view: yes and no.

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Don’t apply for a job online. It’s a complete waste of time and here is the reason.

Have you ever thought of why you don’t get through when applying for a job online?

First of all, when you date someone online, isn’t it true that you are looking for a very good match that meets most of your dating criteria? With so many boxes to tick and search criteria to use, you will likely find someone very close to your values, beliefs and interests. The same goes for jobs posted online; corporations are looking for exceptional candidates with almost perfect CV:s. Don’t believe that your transferrable skills or genuine, broad experience will help you get through, because it won’t.

As soon as a job is posted online hundreds of applicants are ready for the next career move including you. I also read below link starting that firms use applicant tracking systems to help recruiters find most optimal candidates. That system is your biggest enemy!

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Your smartphone is your dumbphone

Smartphones bring some benefits to our lives such as to get quick access to information anywhere, anytime, and to get accurate directions. Smartphones help us to reply and send emails on the go, and we are able to talk with friends for free, anywhere in the world. However, the drawbacks shall not be ignored.

Many of my university students are coming to the class completely exhausted because they play video games and chat all night long, and their test study results are impacted negatively.

When students lag at school they get stressed and worried, and anxiety may soon lead to sick leave and in worse case, suicide attempts.

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Useful links for university students

Below are links I found useful in my career. Read and share!

Links to prepare for tests

Cambridge Business English




Qualification guidance King’s College London

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AI – artificial intelligence; is it harming more than doing good?

Is artificial intelligence the saviour of this world? Some people act as if it was. Gold diggers rush to invest in start-ups because this is a game changer in the technology world and a lot of money is to be made when costs related to human resources are declining with the entrance of AI. Additional capital is also made when services are delivered exactly according to client needs.

It’s all about boosted profits in the end. The question is whether more profits make this world happier? Or, do we need more love and more and better human relations to keep this world from collapsing?

I’m a telecom engineer with a business degree, and with the experience of working at tech giants such as Ericsson and IBM, and I learned what this is all about. I learned the pros and cons, and this is my view in a nutshell concerning AI, 5G and smartphones.

It’s about control. It’s about making faster and more accurate decisions leading to more profits. Just as petrol is the fuel for cars, so is data for AI. With more data, AI is able to make more and better predictions and decisions, and it’s done much faster than anyone else, anytime, anywhere. It’s a 24/7 business done by robots with the ability to think and reason like humans.

Corporates are quick to paint AI as the saviour of the world. Below are some examples how AI can help the society. I’ve also covered the drawbacks of AI in this article.

AI (artificial intelligence) and big data with IoT – internet of things; it’s a world were humans and gadgets are interconnected. Gadgets know what we needed, and we can control the gadgets on our smartphones. This interconnection requires extended capacity in our networks as more IP addresses are required to transmit signals and heavier files (more GB) put constraints in our networks. When there are more and heavier cars on the roads, we need to build bigger highways with more lanes and stronger bridges. Telecom networks work in a similar way.

What can you do with AI and IoT? Below are some examples and more can be added:

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1.54 million crimes in Sweden in 2019

On the 19th of Jan, 2020, Swedish newspaper ‘Sydsvenskan’, wrote that 1.54 million crimes were reported in Sweden in 2019. 1.54 million is a BIG problem. It’s costly in terms of keeping jails, courts and cops busy and it makes citizens insecure. Where is the society going?

A result of peaking crime is that people avoid talking with strangers and instead prefer to stay in well-known groups, while avoiding making new friends. Another result of peaking criminality is that people become suspicious if you approach someone with a smile; someone you never met before, with the purpose of making new friends. Finally, increasing criminality encourages people not to help strangers. The society is jumping out of the cliff, without a parachute and we distant ourselves like never before.

When you ask the elderly what their biggest happiness was in life, they tell you: relationships. Making new friends, and getting in touch with warm, kind and gentle people become harder in a society where people are suspicious to one and another and afraid to open up and connect with the unknown.  At the same time, loneliness is a big problem in nations like Sweden. People feel lonely and need true and genuine love, consideration and appreciation. It’s time to turn to Christ for divine support.

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