“…when we survey those with and without college degrees, we find significant personal benefits accrue to those who have college degrees. In its Trends in Higher Education Series, Education Pays, The College Board documents the rewards to individuals: higher job satisfaction, less chance of unemployment, potential for higher earnings, greater social mobility, and better health – leading to a higher quality of life in general.”
— Eileen K. O’Leary, Assistant Vice President and Director of Student Financial Assistance, Stonehill College
While the cost of a college education has gone up by over 50% in the past decade, it is still a good investment if you are seeking a career that requires a college degree.
What I particularly like about this editorial from Eileen O’Leary is that she also asks her readers to consider the value-added aspects of having a college degree, discussing how our society as a whole benefits from its citizens being educated:
civic involvement and votes rates are higher among those with college degrees
regional economies are stronger
tax revenues are higher where educational attainment is higher
overall unemployment is lower
retirement plan contributions are higher
poverty rates are lower
health insurance coverage is stronger
public assistance participation rates are lower
One of my mentors said it the best: When the water rises, so do all the boats.
When we focus on helping others to achieve their greatest potential, it helps everyone!
Empowering others through education is still one of the most effective ways we have to inspire positive change on a large scale that is beneficial to all.
I have been urging my students to create LinkedIn profiles since 2010.
This feature by Viveka von Rosen, author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and founder of LinkedIntoBusiness.com in the current issue of Forbes magazine is by far one of the most comprehensive and practical articles on how to best use this piece of social media real estate to your advantage.
LinkedIn has added a number of new media features, so even if you have created an account, this may be a good time to re-evaluate your profile. Adding a picture and showcasing some of your work is easy and immediately adds to your marketability.
That added value speaks volumes to recruiters, and could help you get a foot in the door!
He created a fabulous site, Tut’s Notes from the Universe, that sends daily motivational notes that will make you smile! (see below for an example)
The emails are personalized reminders about specific goals you set for yourself. Including details about your goals in your Tut profile makes the process of goal setting way more fun — which is as it should be.
Remember, you are designing a Life! It’s not just about getting a job, having a career, or making money, it’s about enjoying the journey along the way!
Tell me, when you think of taking consistent action in the general direction of your dreams, do you imagine discipline, stamina, work, sacrifice, monotony, courage, and strategies, or are you thinking adventure, discovery, new friends, excitement at the crack of dawn, magic, surprises, fun, laughter, and, on occasion, the Macarena?
The one piece of advice that most successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson emphasize over and over is:
“Follow your heart and the money will follow.”
Discovering your purpose can take time, but if you set out to have fun in the process, you will eventually gravitate towards the activities that you are most passionate about.
This blog post from Fast Company provides a glimpse into how passion fuels your ability to persevere beyond challenges, or fear of failure, until you come up with the right combination of factors that will move you into the realm of the extraordinary.
The point is to move beyond just getting by, or surviving through a week in a job that doesn’t suit who you really are or excite you enough to roll up your sleeves to go above and beyond performing simple tasks.
While you may have to take on a job while figuring out what you really want to be doing, be sure to use your available time to continue building your skills in your preferred area of expertise. Some people hold back from doing this, especially if they are drained by a dead end job.
Flip your thinking and let your passions invigorate you.
The more you move into the flow of doing what you love, even if for just a few hours each week, your “business” will begin to naturally expand and provide you with more energy to handle other tasks.
Author Jeff Selingo, a LinkedIn Influencer and author of College (Un)Bound thinks so.
I happen to agree!
According to a group of forward thinking design students at Stanford University, future students will be designing their degree programs around the concept of “purpose learning”. The students developed a manifesto for their mission-based learning concept along with a promotional video for Stanford 2025 that demonstrates how students in 2025 might go about creating their own individualized degree programs as part of a new system of global collaborative centers, including one in space.
The necessity for students to “declare a major” was built around modern organizational principles. In today’s postmodern digital societies, when institutional structures are no longer serving the needs of its primary customers, those organizing principles will be redefined. For example, during the last two decades, we witnessed the transformation of traditional news media from print and analog products into digitial and social multimedia experiences.
While the Ivory Towers of higher education have been notoriously resistant to change, we are beginning to see cracks forming in their foundations. Students should be able to personalize their educations focused around their own personal mission statement.
Imagine redesigning our education system around the concept of people fulfilling their life purpose instead of hoping to get a job…. that is the mindset these students are attempting to shift.
Challenging students to develop innovative solutions to critical real world issues effecting their future is a fabulous way to inspire purposeful learning!