Rise of foreign aviation crew on mainland
Chinese airlines are increasingly recruiting pilots and flight attendants as the civil aviation industry experiences rapid expansion on the mainland. Opportunities are rising for foreign applicants such as Katya Ganich, a 22-year-old flight attendant from Russia, who is looking forward to receiving her "crew pass" so she can start flying with Hainan Airlines. Ganich is among the latest intake of Hainan Airline's 100 foreign employees, who include Hungarians, Americans, South Koreans, an Australian and a Tanzanian. They represent just 1 per cent of the company's staff, but offer skills essential to an airline that recently received the international five-star rating from industry research firm Skytrax. China Daily
Peer support leads to longer life
Having supportive colleagues not only makes the workday easier, it may also help people live longer, according to a new study conducted over 20 years by researchers of Tel Aviv University. A study of 820 men and women showed those with good peer-to-peer relationships had a lower risk of mortality than those who did not chime with their co-workers. However, positive support from managers or others in senior positions was shown to have no effect on mortality.
Binge drinking damages hippocampus
A new study conducted by researchers in Spain suggests that binge drinking may impair memory in young people long after the hangover has worn off, perhaps because of damage to the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning.
Spectre of brain drain in Britain
The value of a degree has been cast into doubt as research shows two in three graduates have failed to find a job in Britain. Talent management company SHL commissioned a poll in which 1,000 students who had graduated in the past three years were surveyed. Nearly half of the respondents (42.9 per cent) had applied for between one and 10 jobs, while 12 per cent had tried their luck with more than 50. Forty-seven per cent looked, or have been looking, for work for up to six months, and a third have been job-hunting for up to a year. One in four said they would be willing to work for free to gain experience in their chosen field. In an economy still straining to emerge from recession, graduates are increasingly looking overseas for opportunities, raising the possibility that Britain could suffer from a "brain drain".