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UCA apologises for "Cat Meme Director" job advert in careers section

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

By Sam Inkersole sam.inkersole@KRNmedia.co.uk

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An example of a "cat meme"

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THE University of Creative Arts, which has a campus in Canterbury, has apologised for posting a rather strange job advertisement in the wrong place.

Visitors to the website looking for work under the careers section would have been interested to have noticed a vacancy for a “Director of Cat Meme Creation” position, with a salary of £10 per hour.

A “cat meme” is a picture of a cat pulling some sort of face with a witty caption accompanying it.

CatAcademy, who are recruiting the position said they were looking for “A truly exceptional candidate for a role as Director of Cat-Meme Creation.

“Required talents include: cat ownership (or exceptional cat-empathy), experience with photography, excellence in cat-costume/set-design, and strong photoshop skills.

“Access to friends with cats, witty captioning skills and multilingualism are also preferred. An honors BA or a PhD in a related discipline won't hurt your application, but isn't necessary.

“The Cat-Meme Director job involves creating and captioning outstanding cat-memes to illustrate particular words and phrases.

“Examples will range from "good afternoon" to "I feel like singing" to "I'm not sure if the color's right on that dress" or "I'll have three beers and a bag of chips, please”.

However, UCA let the cat out of the bag when they informed the Times that the advert should have been placed somewhere else.

A spokesman for UCA said: “As much as we wish this was a real vacancy at UCA, unfortunately it’s not.

“Our Careers Team are pro-active in posting external job opportunities for our students/graduates and have a “Job Vacancy” page which they place them on.

“It’s different to our real vacancy page but I can see why people might think it was our real jobs page from the layout.

“It looks as though someone from our Careers Team has posted this job opportunity on their pages without checking its credentials properly. Very embarrassing.”

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