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3 Powerful Rules for Continued Learning

June 30, 2011

Before the Internet era, continuing education used to conjure images of  adult-only classes, community colleges, and formal professional development seminars.

These days, continuing education can mean so much more: that you’re willing to learn on the job, off-the-job, and at whatever chance you get. And if you’re serious about your career prospects in a knowledge economy, you’d better recognize the advantage those chances give you.

Rule #1: Recognize.


Mad Skills Watch: The 60/20 Edition

April 11, 2011

Or, the corporate ladder is so last century.

The YSGTS blog salutes Deloitte chief talent officer Cathy Benko for preparing today’s graduates for the realities of the information-driven workforce. In a Hire Education (WSJ) post from last week, she cites a figure predicting “60% of the new jobs created this century will require skills now possessed by a mere 20% of today’s workers.” [Emphasis added.]


What To Do if You Were Just Fired

March 15, 2011

No advice helps. You can’t meditate. You can’t exercise. You can’t eat healthy. You can’t shave. Or bathe. You can’t even take deep breaths. They feel like bullshit breaths. Shit breathes in and shit breathes out. You can’t pray or read spiritual texts. None of that stuff helps, you think. None of that immediately deposits money in the bank.

Unemployment is a popular topic these days, and few know it better than this guy. He’s been fired more times than he can count.

Entrepreneur, investor and writer James Altucher presents 10 Things You Need To Do If You Were Just Fired. He breaks down what you should do day-by-day and emphasizes one thing above all: Relax. Take it one day at a time, rebuild your confidence and get back out there.

His main piece of advice is Do just one thing today. Specifically, these sorts of things:

  • Wake up early, exercise, take a shower, wear a suit, go into the city, and walk around. Smell that freshness on you. It makes you feel as if you are ready for anything. And you are. That’s all you need to do that day. Heck, go to a museum. You won’t have this opportunity for freedom forever.
  • Schedule a lunch with someone you haven’t seen in three years. Could be anyone. But it has to be someone you haven’t seen in at least three years. This injects new blood into the system. You need a total transfusion to get rid of the infected old blood.

Check out the full post on for Altucher’s advice to the recently sacked.

Are You Earning What You’re Worth? | Career Advice

February 15, 2011

The average retirement age in America is about 65. But, according to PayScale, most people’s salaries top out at around age 40.

That’s about 25 years of work with no salary increase for many Americans.


Is Your Crappy Resume Holding You Back? | 10 Resume Saving Tips

February 8, 2011

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This is Derek Summers’ resume. Not very impressive, I know, but he was never very good at this sort of thing.


Mad Skills: Value-added Teachers Edition

January 28, 2011

Rather than rehash President Obama’s education references in the State of the Union address (which we’ve heard before), I’d like to present some food for thought from a recent Bloggingheads diavlog between The Daily Beast’s Dana Goldstein and The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle. Their 45-minute discussion largely touched on teacher-centric aspects of education politics, some of which actually affect students. To save you time, I’ve written the students’ Cliff’s Notes below:

  • The NEA doesn’t like the new “value-added” tool for evaluating teachers, but the reform-oriented AFT union is for a limited version of it (no public shaming).
  • Goldstein on the lesson of 100 years of standardized testing: “The more ‘sticks’ are attached to a standardized test, the less accurate the results will be and the less meaningful learning students will do in preparation for that test.”
  • McArdle: Standardized tests might be necessary to boost math and reading scores for poor kids.
  • How to recruit better teachers? Provide a pathway into teaching for skilled practitioners in relevant fields (e.g. mathematicians) who want to teach but need to acquire teaching skills.
  • Education vouchers for poor kids to D.C. parochial schools sometimes lead to higher graduation rates among that population.

If you want to get the audio directly from iTunes, click here.

Career Advice from U.S. News | Marty Nemko

January 18, 2011

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about career choices. How to find one right out of college, or how to change careers once you already have one. This video, put together by U.S. News, offers an interesting suggestion:

Dr. Marty Nemko makes an argument against the popular method of listing your likes and interests in order to find out what career is right for you.

He instead recommends looking at annotated lists of careers, such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook, for career ideas.

If this sounds like a method you might be interested in, head over to our career directory. We’ve put together a list of careers very similar to the OOH that can get you started on your career search.

What did you think of Dr. Nemko’s advice? Let us know in the comments section.

Top 5 Industries for 2011 Job-Seekers … in India

January 17, 2011

In a global economy where hiring remains sluggish in America, we would be remiss if we ignored opportunities in other countries, especially those where English is an official language.

I just came back from an extended trip to China and can report anecdotal evidence (or see James Fallows’ Postcards from Tomorrow Square) that some individuals who feel the job market has dried up in their corner of North America find new career opportunities in the emerging economies of Asia, and not just teaching English. (Hello, entrepreneurs! Hello, import-export business!)

That being said, working in China, or India, for that matter, may not be for everybody. However, for any job-seekers with an Asian-Indian impulse, we present (via WSJ.comIndia’s top five industries for job-seekers in 2011:*


The Art of Career Change

January 4, 2011

Thanks to a recent post by Clare Whitmell in the Guardian’s “The Careers Blog,” those seeking new careers have a handy checklist to follow. In her words:

  • Don’t be defined by job title; (“start from your natural talents and interests”)
  • re-interpret your experience; (“critically assess your CV”)
  • act the part; (“dedication to a new career speaks volumes”)
  • make luck happen. (Improve success rates by setting goals and acting/reflecting on strategies.)

Get more detailed explanations for all these instructions by reading the entire post.


Related reading: See career advice from NPR’s Ira Glass, the best career-change blogs, career change at 40 and other items in this blog’s “career change” category.

Graduate Entrepreneurs Making Most of “Jobless Recovery”

December 22, 2010

Hannah Seligson had a nice look in last Saturday’s New York Times at graduates-turned-entrepreneurs who discovered the best way to find post-graduation jobs in a struggling economy is to make their own.

On a deeper level, the article presents a philosophical shift in how we might view “traditional” careers, knowing that entrepreneurship may be more viable (and less risky) in the age of the Internet with traditional college education not creating career success as automatically as it once did.  Case in point: the article cites NACE data showing that only a small proportion of 2010 graduates who applied for a job actually had one available after graduation (24.4 percent).

Avoiding a “woe-are-us” approach, Seligson uses inspirational examples and helpful information to spread hope in this uncertain new world, including this rousing thought from the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, who wants to …

“create a shift from a résumé-driven society to one where people create their own jobs.”


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