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Should You Drop Out Of College? A Dropout’s Perspective

Should You Drop Out Of College? A Dropout’s Perspective | Good Advice | Scoop.it

When I tell people I quit school, I get one of two reactions:

“That’s stupid, risky, and reckless. Go back or you’ll regret it.” or “That’s awesome! Hands-on experience is more valuable than a degree.”  Most reactions are positive here in Silicon Valley, but are not so in other parts of the world. For good reason — not all students should leave school.

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First Thoughts on Learned Helplessness

First Thoughts on Learned Helplessness | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"I never had any sort of official training in the detailed workings of computers or how to troubleshoot them, I just learned by doing. If I didn’t know how to do something, I’d search for an answer! I never thought about this, or my inquisitive nature that I used to troubleshoot every issue imaginable.

 

One day I was helping a teacher create a school newsletter back in the day of Microsoft Publisher (does it still exist)? She was having trouble figuring out how to align a certain group of text on the screen.

 

Rather than exploring, trying, then searching, teachers defaulted to asking me for help. This created great job security for me, but I do believe there’s a better way."

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How to get through to someone who neither wants your advice nor solutions

When you give unsolicited advice to a [someone] who doesn't want it, you're telling them that they're stupid. When you give a solution to a partner who doesn't want that you're not telling them they have a problem to be solved, you're telling them that they are a problem in your life.

 

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Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem | Good Advice | Scoop.it
In start-up land, the young barely talk to the old (and vice versa). That makes for a lot of cool apps. But great technology? Not so much.

 

But the churn feels more problematic now, in part because it deprives the new guard as well as the old — and by extension, it deprives us all. In pursuing the latest and the coolest, young engineers ignore opportunities in less-sexy areas of tech like semiconductors, data storage and networking, the products that form the foundation on which all of Web 2.0 rests. Without a good router to provide reliable Wi-Fi, your Dropbox file-sharing application is not going to sync; without Nvidia’s graphics processing unit, your BuzzFeed GIF is not going to make anyone laugh. The talent — and there’s a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving these infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.

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Where to Start When It Feels Like Nothing Is Going Right in Your Life

Where to Start When It Feels Like Nothing Is Going Right in Your Life | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Everyone has times in their life when they feel demotivated, lost, and unhappy. You're in a rut, and you don't know how to get out of it. Life may keep piling it on, but here are a few starting points for how you can climb out of your hole and get back on track.
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What We’ll Be Doing in 2022

What We’ll Be Doing in 2022 | Good Advice | Scoop.it

In the decade from 2012 to 2022, the fastest growth in U.S. employment will take place in the health care, health care support, construction, and personal care fields. These four categories are expected to account for more than a third—about 6.6 million—of all new jobs.

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13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done

13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done | Good Advice | Scoop.it

1. Quit reading. Life is short. You don't have to finish every book.

2. Read books you enjoy.

3. Watch recorded TV.

4. Skim magazines and newspapers.

5. Get calm.

6. Read what you feel like reading rather than should be reading.

7. Always have something to read.

8. Maintain a big stack of books to read.

9. Don't feel pressured to read a gift book.

10. Set aside time to read taxing (hard to read) books.

 

Where's 11-13? In the article...

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FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants | The White House

FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants | The White House | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum | Good Advice | Scoop.it
The Phoebus cartel engineered a shorter-lived lightbulb and gave birth to planned obsolescence
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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy and the Future of Work

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy and the Future of Work | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"...the connection between science literacy and the future of work, why STEM fields are key to the future economic growth, the keys to helping bring “boring” content to life, and the critical importance of curiosity in learning."

 

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The key is curiosity. He states that if a person emerges from the educational system the same way they entered it - with a sense of curiosity - then they will continue learning the rest of their life. This equips a person with the ability to adjust to whatever life throws at them. Graduating from school is not the end of an education. It is merely the beginning.

 

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How 30 Minutes a Day Can Seriously Boost Your Brainpower

How 30 Minutes a Day Can Seriously Boost Your Brainpower | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Reading for a half hour makes you more intelligent—but you need to hit the books the right way.
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Let’s Fix It: End the Talent Shortage by Hiring for Results, Not Skills

Let’s Fix It: End the Talent Shortage by Hiring for Results, Not Skills | Good Advice | Scoop.it

In this series of posts, influencers explain what they wish they could fix — and how. "It’s what you do with what you have that makes you successful, not what you have.”

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Why you will fail to have a great career: Larry Smith at TEDxUW - YouTube

Or rather "Why you won't follow your passion to have the career you want to have." Unless...

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The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind

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In this way, the secret to making boring work memorable is to harness the students' and workers' curiosity about something they are already motivated to learn....

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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3 Ways My about.me Page Got Me a Job | The about.me Blog

3 Ways My about.me Page Got Me a Job | The about.me Blog | Good Advice | Scoop.it

When I began my job search, I knew that I wanted to share all of my unique experiences with a potential employer. However, I just didn’t know how. The one thing I did know was that I had to make it easy, appropriate, and creative in order to get their attention.

 

1. A Place To Celebrate Non-Traditional Experiences

2. A Place To Click Through Your Work

3. A Place To Nail First Impressions

 

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Mastering Difficult Conversations: Tips and Tools from a Former FBI Hostage Negotiation Trainer [Recorded Webinar]

Mastering Difficult Conversations: Tips and Tools from a Former FBI Hostage Negotiation Trainer [Recorded Webinar] | Good Advice | Scoop.it

- Handle difficult discussions about anything.

- Keep the conversation calm when emotions run high.

- Decrease your fear of confrontations.

- Respond properly to pushback.

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Most Leadership Advice Is Useless. Here's What I Really Learned Running 20 Companies.

Most Leadership Advice Is Useless. Here's What I Really Learned Running 20 Companies. | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Being a leader doesn't mean you are the guy who runs things. Being a leader is a mindset. But first you have to lead yourself.

A) More success for others than for you

B) Say Yes, and

C) Gratitude

D) The 30-150 Rule (or...The Vision Rule)

E) Change

F) Dignity

G) There's always a good reason and a real reason

H) Health

I) Love

J) Lead yourself

Karen Bowden's insight:

My favorite is to ask people before they leave a message on my voice mail to say one thing they are grateful for.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 6, 11:53 AM

There are a lot of servant-leader ideas in this. It is hard work and difficult to get past the vocabulary but when people can it is incredibly rewarding.

 

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IT Dress Code: 10 Cardinal Sins - InformationWeek

IT Dress Code: 10 Cardinal Sins  - InformationWeek | Good Advice | Scoop.it
You don't need to be a runway model to succeed in IT, but please stop making these office fashion faux pas. Remember, you work for an enterprise, not on the Enterprise.
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The Bullet Journal [VIDEO] A new TO DO list.

"You recall things easier when you write them down. That’s lost in digital to-do lists.”

 

This was a speedy run-through. For more in-depth step by step explanations please visit: http://bulletjournal.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bulletjo...

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Space Station's '42' Crew Links Expedition to 'Hitchhiker's Guide'

Space Station's '42' Crew Links Expedition to 'Hitchhiker's Guide' | Good Advice | Scoop.it
What do astronauts, a towel and a paranoid android have in common? The answer is 42. The International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew has featured the link between their numerical designation and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on a poster and
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Making the Case For A Pragmatic Liberal Arts College Education

Making the Case For A Pragmatic Liberal Arts College Education | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Despite the focus on specialization, there's still an argument to be made for liberal arts education.

 

"...college should prepare students for their first job — likely their worst job — but also ready them for a lifetime of meaningful work that contributes to making the world a better place. Emphasizing an education that provides a basis for critical thinking and analysis throughout life makes learning a specific programming language, which will likely become outmoded in a few years, seem less valuable."

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“Liberal education is really about learning how to learn,” Roth said.

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