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The Week contest - Underemployed grads
Jamie Fox, a British 22-year-old college graduate with a degree in music, just took a job with a farmer, playing an accordion and a ukulele to scare birds away from his crops. Please come up with a name for his new profession that would help justify a $200,000 college degree
 
College degrees just aren't what they used to be.
College degrees just aren't what they used to be.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Big Bird's resume

Last week's question: It's a rough job market out there for recent college grads — so rough that Jamie Fox, a British 22-year-old college graduate with a degree in music, just took a job with a farmer, playing an accordion and a ukulele to scare birds away from his crops. We asked you to come up with a name for his new profession that would help justify a $200,000 college degree. 

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: Creator of Angry Birds
Jan Penske, Sellersburg, IN 

SECOND PLACE: Farmland Security Officer
Susan Nichols, Lake George, NY

THIRD PLACE: Vice President in Charge of Aurally Stimulated Aviary Downsizing
Kathy Parrish, San Diego, CA

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Successful manager of large enterprise dealing with high-risk predators
Peter Bowen, Marblehead, MA

Agricultural Enhancement Strategist
Kristen Kansiewicz, Lynn, MA

Aviary Diversion Engineer
Alicia Campbell, Milwaukee, WI

Agro-musicologist
Thom Thacker, Irvington, NY

Field Officer
Paul Witte, New Hope, PA

Air Traffic Controller
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

Director of Avian Redeployment
Roberta London, Milwaukee, WI

Growth Facilitator
Jennifer Kert Ransweiler, Los Angeles, CA

Artist in Residence
Laurie Gelb, Seattle, WA

Scarepro
Steven Margles, Winchester, MA

Music Scare-apist
Cyril Greenbaum, Walnut Creek, CA

Fright Attendant
Diane Race, Chapel Hill, NC

Vice President and Managing Deflector
Stephen Blackwell, Fennville, MI

MBA (Musical Bird Alarmist)
Carol Fischer, Cheboygan, MI

BSM (Bachelor of Scary Music)
Victor Sungaila, Watkins Glen, NY

CBO (Chief Bird-shoo Officer)
Marsha Einhorn, New York, NY

Wildlife Trouble Foreman (WTF)
Charles & Mary Parry, Catonsville, MD

Multi-Aspect Avian Auditory Interface and Control Technologist
Arthur Lasky, New York, NY

Field Supervisor, Bird Control
Mira Osadca, Brooklyn, NY

Organic Pest Control Engineer
Randy Nishimura, Lihue, HI

Audio Director of Commodity Loss Prevention
Jim Groves, St. Louis, MO

Deputy Commander, Psychological Operations Wing, Special Airborne Division
Stephen Dudzik, Olney, MD

Plant Materials Specialist
Stephanie Sarich, Minnetonka, MN

Corngressman
Jim Topper, Turtle Creek, PA

 

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