A university in the Chinese city of Wuhuan has recently been noticed to use the astrological sign of job applicants to discriminate. Virgos and Scorpios are simply too picky, they say. The UK Telegraph notes:
A Chinese firm has decided Scorpios and Virgos are too moody and critical, telling job seekers with those star signs they need not apply. Capricorns, Pisces and Libras, on the other hand, are welcome.
The unusual requirements are part of a job ad posted at a university in the central city of Wuhuan by an English language training company, and have generated a storm of online controversy since they were uncovered this week.
“We don’t want Scorpios or Virgos, and Capricorns, Pisces and Libras will be prioritised,” the job spec reads, according to the Chutian Metropolis Daily, a local newspaper in Wuhan.
The report quoted a woman in charge at the unnamed firm as saying she had done research and found Scorpios had strong personalities and were moody, while Virgos were hugely critical and did not stay in one job for long.
To this, one could react as Lynn Hayes of Beliefnet’s Astrological Musings did: by refuting the astrological basis for the company’s distinctions. She correctly notes that one’s Sun sign is not the best predictor of one’s future job performance, and Virgos and Scorpios are quite capable of working as teachers.
However, in the great tradition of integral thinkers who try to find truth in every possible location, however partial, I want to acknowledge that I am a Virgo and would definitely be too picky to work at a university that discriminates on the basis of birth date.