Bullshit-Jobs (essay)

Near Nuremberg, 2006

I am in the fourth semester of my engineering studies at the university in Nuremberg, and I work like so many of my fellow-students in several odd jobs to make ends meet.

One of those jobs is working on a nearby building site with three of my buddies during the weekends, for about fifteen Euros per hour.

The main tasks on this building site, which comprises several dilapidated buildings on a large estate, vary a little from day to day, but our main assignments are primarily clearing …