We’re training workers to do the wrong things and to do things the wrong way.
Seth Godin is a deep thinker on many subjects, but he’s particularly passionate about education and what it teaches us about the real world. Here’s a link to his manifesto on education. Here’s his thinking on new graduates: No direction home There are millions of college seniors beginning their job search in earnest. And many … Continue reading Seth Godin on Graduation
The arrival of tablet technology (iPad, Samsung and others) has made it easier than ever to use your tablet as a one stop device. Many people use tablets to take notes in meetings or in class because typing your notes makes them more readable and easier to store, email, and share. But you may be … Continue reading Write to Remember
Here’s my best advice on what’s next: you don’t need a job. You need three jobs.
St. Augustine resident Sarah Powers is 19 years old and making decisions about her education and career path. Like many recent high school graduates, she assumed that her best career choice would be based on what she liked to do. And, like many young students, she was mistaken. In Sarah’s case, interior design was her … Continue reading Pelocity: A Tool for your Career Path
When was the last time someone asked you that? I’m betting that it was around the sixth grade, at the dinner table. While you were in school, you should have had a good answer to that question every day. Why is it that many adults give up on learning after they graduate?
Oh, we don’t give up entirely, of course. Some of us have to keep up with our professions: healthcare regulations, the new tax code, programming languages. But when was the last time you learned something brand new to you in a field that has nothing to do with your job?
CBS Moneywatch recently released a list of the college majors with the highest unemployment rates. Five of the list of 25 majors are related to psychology. “Ironically,” the accompanying article goes on to say, “Psychology is the fifth most popular college degree.” Those numbers are probably related, of course; I try to convince jobseekers that they should consider professions where competition is less fierce. In college, that usually means where the classes are much more demanding. There are always a few seats left empty in advanced Physics classes.
Organizations like WorkSource are there to help with funding education for demand occupations. But that’s not your only option. Many top universities offer free courses online. Education Portal.com ranks several of the best free university courses available for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current field.
Social scientists and psychologists are beginning to think of intelligence not as a yes/no proposition, but as a set of skills, some of which may be stronger than others.
Our modern idea of education seems to place all the emphasis on formal classroom training, which means that people forget that education is a lifelong process – and our own responsibility.