Do you feel that your college education hasn’t adequately prepared you for today’s job market? Then you might want to check out Gradberry, an online startup with a mission to train recent graduates in a variety of career skills, thereby making them more appealing to employers who are hiring:
Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap (techcrunch.com)
Gradberry offers courses to recent graduates who need to learn a new skill for the jobs that they’re applying to. And Gradberry also assists recent graduates who’ve already been hired, as their employers can sponsor them to take courses through Gradberry if they need a new skill for their job: Read the rest of this entry
We grow up in a world where everybody puts so much emphasis on getting a good education. When we were younger, we thought of education as something we needed to get through so we can finally “live” our lives. As young adults we are taught that college prepares you for life. Why? I have no idea. I never understood this way of thinking — maybe because I have a little bit more of an unconventional story. Truth is, education doesn’t prepare you for life; education is life. Read the rest of this entry
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “You are the author of your own life story.”
Well, this excerpt of a commencement speech that Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of Amazon.com) gave to Princeton University demonstrates that we “write” our life stories through the choices we make:
“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. Thank you and good luck!”
Click here for a video of Bezos’ commencement speech.
And click here for more great excerpts of commencement speeches.
I started college as a fresh-faced 18 year old in the fall of 2003. I had a scholarship to a local private college, and I was ready to make my mark on the world. Unfortunately, my grand plans ultimately failed when I failed 3 classes and lost my scholarship. It took me a long time to get the motivation to go back to school, but when I did, I achieved much better results.
I started college for the second time in the spring of 2009. Initially I decided that I wanted to get a degree in Economics, but that didn’t last long. Next I switched my major to Finance, Computer Science, and finally Information Systems; along with my Information Systems degree, I specialized in Business Intelligence. Read the rest of this entry