1) Hard and Soft Skills Help Career Success.
capacity to learn is a
the ability to learn is a skill
and the willing to learn is a choice."
Two B's or an A and a C
Which is better?
Technical Skill to Enhance the Liberal Arts
determines skill levels associated with success.
College Isn't A Guarantee To The Middle Class.
4) Do what you like because our "Flat World"
means a lot of competition which means
more effort is needed to
5) Most jobs are in health care, education,
STEM areas and retail sales/service.
6) Studies show most careers
enhanced by digital knowledge.
Start by enhancing your
by adding one useable software or Apps
to be done with your computer and phone.
Substantial efforts toward
ability may not be
a) Data indicates comprehensive test coaching has only a small
effect on scores.
b) Anxiety they cause
can be a serious problem.
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8) Going to a school
where you are
near the top academically
usually a good idea for three reasons.
will be higher,
Time for Soft Skills
Professors Favor Their Best Students.
9) Traditional and social networking
and good mentoring still
very important for success.
10) Data that college is not a good investment
many even well off students
attending local Community College
loans were up 5% in 2015.
Fareed Zakaria defense of a liberal education is reasonable but
remember that very strong academic ability and other outstanding traits
are required to earn a "reasonable" academic degree and economic return. The
majority of liberal arts majors do not have these abilities and even if they
did, there are few good paying jobs. So studying art or music
or psychology is fine but when you can expect a low salary.
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Hard skills include the specific knowledge
and abilities required for a job.
They are acquired through formal education and training
programs, including college, apprenticeships, short-term training classes,
online courses, certification programs, as well as by on-the-job training. Examples of hard skills include computer
programming, web design, typing, accounting, finance, writing, mathematics,
legal and other quantifiable skills that are included in the requirements for a
Bill Gates writes often about the
importance of measurement when pursuing goals. Skills are easier to measure
than behaviors. Behaviors can be hard to define, and often manifest in the
things you don’t do.
Sometimes chase and reward the wrong traits. Google learned this when it
eventually devalued SAT scores for job applicants, realizing it had little
predictive signal of a hire’s subsequent career success.
For more examples see
Six Essential Characteristics of Successful People
5. Emotional Awareness.
Source: Harvard Business Review
Noncognitive skills like cognitive skills
improving labor-market outcomes. These non-cognitive skills (called
soft skills, social, behavioral skills) include
perseverance, conscientiousness, and self-control, social skills and
leadership . Evidence suggests that the labor-market payoffs to
non-cognitive skills have been increasing over time and the payoffs are
particularly strong for individuals who possess both cognitive and
Seven Facts on Noncognitive Skills
from Education to the Labor Market
Much is to be gained by spending a lot of time improving what you do well
and nurturing these soft skills. Example work hard and your major and if
being in the school senate means slightly lower grades in secondary
subjects, so be it. See Which is better,
2 B's or an A and a C?
John Wooden Success Triangle