~45% of college students graduate underemployed (working in jobs that don’t actually require a bachelor’s degree). Executives and managers at companies consistently report that college students lack the skills needed to excel in the workplace.
Which makes a lot of sense. There’s very little connection between cramming derivatives for a calculus final and thinking creatively about how to do your job well.
That’s why getting “real experience” is often the biggest source of stress for students before they graduate. Students know that getting an “internship” (or multiple), paid or unpaid, significantly increases their chances of being gainfully employed after college.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with social media ever since I first signed up for Facebook a little over a decade ago (I got my account in 2009–8th grade).
Like most middle schoolers getting onto social media for the first time ever, I loved it. It was a vehicle for me to avoid all of my raging adolescent insecurities (publicly posting about grades, having conversations on people’s “walls” … the cringe will never fade).
My obsession with Facebook continued well into high school, and even college. As the years passed, I picked up a Snapchat obsession as well (easy way…
I was never good at school. Even today, when I open up to friends about never being an academically successful student, they are often surprised.
Because I went to magnet middle and high schools. Places that are “known” for attracting intelligent students, because of a rigorous application process.
But there lies the true irony. I never got into schools or college because I was good at school. I got in because I was good at taking test. Especially standardized tests. Because I “got the joke”. …
You can access the course materials for practically every major at MIT online.
You can find a YouTube video to teach you anything from breakdancing to solving a rubik’s cube.
Skillshare, Coursera, Udemy, Lynda, LinkedIn Learning — the list of places we can learn new and powerful skills online is always growing.
So why then, do we tend to feel isolated when we’re learning online?
It is rare for us to find true belonging in an online learning community because the tools that we use to engage with people online create a lot of places for us to hide our…
And it’s not immediately intuitive. Because we’ve spent our whole lives focusing on answers — without ever questioning why. Our lives are built around getting the “right” answer.
Because those are the structures that create us.
For some reason, we never teach people how to ask the right questions. Instead, we teach students to get A’s without asking them why should want an A, and prioritize outcomes without asking people why they matter.
Let me tell you a story about “right answer, wrong question”. Imagine a student with perfect test scores and grades. The 4.0 student. The teacher’s pet. They’ve…
At LifeSchool, we have a singular belief about passion:
“Passions aren’t found — they’re built”
The future belongs to those who build it. In the era of code-free tools and technology, anyone can be a builder. All you need is a little bit of time, a team, and an idea that you care about bringing to life.
But despite how easy it is for us to breathe life into projects that we know will positively impact the world around is — it’s easier still for us to keep pushing things off. Because we have schoolwork. Or friends. Or jobs. …
However, the downsides of procrastination about our post-college journeys far outweigh the downsides. There is no one-size-fits-all methodology of when to procrastinate — we need to be judicious and strategic about it.
Tim Urban, author of Wait But Why, has a great long-form article on procrastination where he talks about the “instant gratification monkey” that often distracts us from the task at hand, and the “panic monster” that comes into play when we have a looming deadline — which keeps us on…
Did you know that last year, 75% of McIntire graduates went into a finance or consulting related position? Check out the 2018 destinations report:
There are a lot of different factors to consider for your first job after college.
There are so many various factors to consider that it can start to become overwhelming. How do you find the perfect job with the perfect people in the perfect city with the perfect opportunities that’s just right for you?
Life is about trade-offs. Over time, you can make more informed decisions about different trade-offs — but you’re never going to be perfectly happy with every element of your post-graduate path.
So how do you figure out…
One of the hardest things for people to do is to pick a location for their work. It’s easy to get sucked into a big city, because that’s where most of the jobs are (simple math — more people = more opportunity).
But more opportunity doesn’t mean better opportunity. It’s not a coincidence that cities like New York and San Francisco have some of the most abysmal happiness levels in the United States. Plus — with the advent of remote working opportunities, you could truly work from anywhere.
One of the most important factors to consider in choosing a city…