Holidays?, sorry… temporarily out of order. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Holidays?, sorry… temporarily out of order. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Holidays out of orderIn the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colours, but black absorbs light and is an absence of colour. Similarly, cold is the absence of heat. And Holidays? I suppose this time called holidays could be recognised as the absence of work. Well… under the actual circumstances, where many face the difficulties of finding a job, there is a whole load of work that can not stop.

Behind many job seekers there are many hours invested in searching for open positions, updating CVs, researching companies profiles, writing personalized cover letters, increasing your skills portfolio, generating some intellectual input to be recognised, activating your network, … The absence of all of this work does not give you holidays. Whatever you do, you can not stop being active in order to be ready if the opportunity comes. And all of that with the limited support that your savings can give you.

Under such pressure, holidays acquire a new meaning. Holidays represents that you have a job. If you do not have a job you do not have holidays. Holidays represents this “time” in which some people can leave what ever they were doing knowing that this period of time is recognised as deserved, supported economically by the revenues originated from their work and with the confidence of allowing themselves to forget about their daily job demands knowing that they will comeback, as well as the payrolls.

As always, there is a little bit of everything everywhere. People without a job doing little about it, and people with jobs with such a load of work and pressure that it makes it difficult to enjoy any holidays at all.

Here I want to recognise the work behind those who miss enjoying a proper time of holidays, and recognise also the unpaid work behind many who do things with little recognition, yet 🙂


About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage:! DOIs can be generated on demand by request by email: d.fdezsevilla(at) for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. Author´s profile: Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at
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