Learning Independently – A Required Life Skill

This past Saturday, I wrote a blog post about my desire to eschew energy-consumptive activities with little meaning to my life in the long run. I proclaimed that instead, I want to focus my energies into building up a valuable base of personal skills – an endeavour applauded by Cal Newport in his book and…

Social Intelligence and Talking to People

Over the past week, I haven’t been required to interact with too many people. I’ve not had to go to a job, nor have I had that many social gatherings to attend. When this happens I tend to forget how to talk to people – even, sometimes, how to write coherently. My internal monologue gets…

The Dance of Employment Applications

If you’ve looked at the career boards out there lately, you may not be feeling too good about your situation, for three reasons: 1) there aren’t a lot of jobs available in your field, 2) you aren’t getting a lot of call backs from employers, or 3) there are a lot of companies looking to…

Viewpoint: What’s Up with the Certifications?

In some of my previous posts, I have alluded to the high expectations placed on recent graduates in our current economy; they’re expected to have critical thinking skills, as well as a whole host of practical, hands-on abilities. While critical thinking skills can be stimulated through conversations with peers and mentors in university classes, credentials…