How to Connect with a Mentor (Design your Own Apprenticeship Part 3)

In a previous post, I outlined how you can plan for a mentorship / apprenticeship to learn a new set of skills or change occupations or industries. Finding and setting up a mentorship is a key part of creating your plan. Here’s how to get started. If you’ve followed the advice in the previous post, … Continue reading How to Connect with a Mentor (Design your Own Apprenticeship Part 3)

Design Your Own Apprenticeship

In a previous post, I wrote about the idea of creating your own apprenticeship to learn new skills or pivot to a new career or industry. Apprenticeship is an ancient concept, of course; you may associate it with registered apprenticeships that train people for the skilled trades or other professions. An apprenticeship is designed to … Continue reading Design Your Own Apprenticeship

The 21st Century Do It Yourself Apprenticeship

Taylor Pearson is the Author of The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5. I’ve written about his take on employment and job security in the 21st century economy.  He believes that today, having a job (no matter how good), is a risky proposition. Becoming an entrepreneur is the only way to … Continue reading The 21st Century Do It Yourself Apprenticeship

What Have You Learned Lately?

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso Companies are always on the hunt for the best talent. But how to define talent is different for every hiring manager. Experience and technical skills play a role in defining talent, of course, but … Continue reading What Have You Learned Lately?

How to Get Better at Anything

Performance = Potential – Interference In her book Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity, Danessa Knaupp tells the story of Tim Gallwey, who authored The Inner Game of Tennis in the 1970s. Gallwey claimed he could teach anyone to play competitive tennis in less than an hour, and managed to prove his … Continue reading How to Get Better at Anything

LinkedIn Tells You the Skills You Need and Offers Free Learning

If you don’t have these skills, now is the perfect time to learn. Join LinkedIn next week for the Week of Learning. It’s dedicated to helping you get a better job — whether you’re looking for a promotion, or searching for a new gig. LinkedIn Learning’s 5,000+ courses will be free, including the courses that can teach you the Top Skills of 2016.

Software Skills on Demand (This article originally appeared in my column in the Florida Times-Union.) If you’re in a career transition, you may need to brush up or acquire skills to be competitive. If it’s been a while since you’ve used the latest version of Office software, or a job posting requires a skill you don’t have, … Continue reading Software Skills on Demand

Engineering Students Learn by Doing

(This article originally appeared in The Florida Times-Union at It was March, so it wasn’t surprising to see a group of young men discussing brackets. But these weren’t the usual March brackets. The young men in question are engineering students at Palatka High School and they were double checking the math on load-bearing formulas. … Continue reading Engineering Students Learn by Doing

The Online Learning Revolution

If your goal is to improve your technical skills in 2016, you have a variety of affordable options. Online learning platforms allow you to access high quality courses at work or at home.  Most offer plans for individuals and business, so companies can take advantage of training that might normally be out of reach for … Continue reading The Online Learning Revolution