Unfortunately names are not very good global unique identifiers, and some Canadian guy got to mine first. Fortunately I beat him to Twitter. Canadians, a lovely bunch, occasionally message me instead of him about the banalities of living in America’s hat, like shoveling snow and drinking milk out of bag (which admittedly seems to make a lot of sense).
Apparently it’s election season in Canada — yup, they have elections just like a real country — so the message volume is heating up. Today I tried to find a peaceful resolution, but it was to no avail. Instead I just decided to start impersonating the Canadian me.
Read job postings. Write a résumé. Practice interview skills. Network.
To the extent that any educational facilities teach you how to find a place in the labor force, that’s it. Pretty accurately, you could call this “How to get a job.” That is, how to get offered a job. With the national unemployment rate at whatever it’s at, that’s certainly a valuable skill these days, but lots of people have the chance to aim much higher — at least high enough to get two job offers. Then what?
You’re pretty much flying blind if you rely on the same folks that taught you about one page resumes and how to talk to recruiters at job fairs.
I think every college student would be well-served to have some guidance on how to choose a job or a career. And the problem starts way before college; high school students pick colleges, which are long-term expensive decisions, basically on a whim. It all seems kind of insane looking back.
Company cultures, hierarchies, job roles, products, businesses and dozens of other factors that will impact your daily life, probably making the difference between being happy and miserable at work, are never formally taught or even discussed. I think it’s one of the reasons that startups seem so magical to so many, because they appear to break rules when they just do things differently and the rules were never there in the first place.
I’m not convinced that a vocational education is the best fit for most, but I do think that some sense of practical decision-making would be immensely valuable and hopefully prevent a lot of people from finding new ways to kill time for eight hours, five days per week.
I’m a glutton for punishment, it seems. After getting started with Ruby and Rails a few weeks ago, I’m not taking a shot at learning R, which in addition to being a lovely stats tool (I’m told) is impressively the first Google result for “R.”
It’s far from user friendly, but definitely powerful. Last night I was shown R Studio which seems like it may make things a bit faster to get up to speed on.
We’ll see, hopefully this is not my last mention of R.