Higher educated workers more insecure: study

One in three Swedish employees have felt worried that they will be exposed as a “fraud” at work, a new survey from recruitment agency Manpower shows.

Higher educated workers more insecure: study

The new survey shows that one in three Swedish employees have, on at least one occasion, felt worried to be shown to be less competent than they really are.

And a higher level of education augments this concern.

“Perhaps the saying is true: the more you learn, the more you realise how little you know,” the Manpower Work Life study found.

“The fact is that the higher level of education you get, the bigger the chances are that you will suffer from concerns about being a fraud. The tendency is very clear.”

Employees with primary education (grundskola) were less likely to harbour this worry with 13 percent claiming to be occasionally concerned they’d be exposed as being less competent than believed at work.

Among those with a university degree that number rose to 44 percent and among those with a PhD to 52 percent.

Those most worried to be found to know less than they should are employees in marketing, advertising and PR, where 53 percent said that they have at least on one occasion felt like a fraud at work.

“Generally speaking, one can say that creative, knowledge-intensive fields are most often affected by feelings of being a fraud,” read the study results.

They are closely followed by the research and development sector at 51 percent, as well as media and IT professionals at 47 and 43 percent respectively.

According to the study it is creative and knowledge-based occupations that are most likely to be worried they are less competent than they should.

Within practical occupations such as industry and transport (17 percent) or in the service sector (23 percent) it is less likely that employees worry over being exposed as a fraud.

The study also showed that 40 percent of those with a university education would have chosen a different specialisation if they were given a chance to choose again.

Women are in majority among those that would choose a different major with 45 percent to the men’s 37.

At the same time, 71 percent of the participants stated that they were happy with their choice – despite the fact that they might have changed their mind if they could make a new choice today.

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.