lifelong learning
The 10 most valuable career skills you can acquire in your spare time
Learn these skills in your spare time to boost your resume in a meaningful way.
By Trent Hamm, The Simple Dollar
  1. SAS (Statistical Analysis System) – 6.1% premium
  2. Data mining / data warehousing – 5.1% premium
  3. Search engine marketing – 5.0% premium
  4. Data modeling
  5. Contract negotiation
  6. Software development – 4.9% premium
  7. Strategic project management – 4.4% premium
  8. Strategic planning – 4.3% premium
  9. Technical sales
  10. Customer service metrics

Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.

There is a quote attributed to the futurist Alvin Toffler that captures this new reality: In the future “illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.” Any form of standing still is deadly.

anonymous asked:

Top 5 ways to improve your competence?

1. read.

2. see tons of patients.

3. read about your patients’ conditions, meds, and procedures

4. acknowledge your mistakes and use them as learning opportunities

5. read some more. read outside your area of expertise. review things that are in your comfort zone. read things that challenge your current way of practice. read critically.

Aidan Sigman ‘13 (Chicago, Illinois): education for education’s sake.

I came to Reed after attending– and being sorely disappointed by– two other colleges: New York University and the Santa Rosa Junior College. I went to NYU right after graduating from high school, expecting to find a community of students who were as excited about their education as I was. Instead, I found a community of students who were interested in college merely as a means to enter the business world, to appease their parents, to find future spouses, or as an excuse to live in Manhattan. No one I met was interested in education for education’s sake. Nor was anyone I met committed to actually engaging with their class work. Further, I found most of my professors at NYU to be cold and distant. Whenever I went to a professor’s office hours to discuss readings, problems, or further conversation related to class content, I was seen as a brown noser— someone who was speaking to them simply to improve my grade in their classes. Finally NYU was incredibly expensive. I could no longer justify taking out the massive student loans required for my attendance. So I left. I moved to California and spent a few years working off student debt and taking classes at a junior college.

Why Reed?

Taking some time off from school gave me the opportunity to reflect on what I wanted from my college education. I realized that I wanted to attend a school that taught its students to think, not a school that taught its students how to perform a job. I wanted to be surrounded by people who believed that higher education isn’t merely a means to an end, but a lifelong pursuit. I was turned on to Reed by one of my aunts, who is a regular visiting professor at the University of Chicago. I asked her if there was still a college in the United States that prioritized the life of the mind over the life of the boardroom. She responded with a few colleges, including the University of Chicago and Reed. I read through Reed’s website and fell in love. Finally, a school that treated its students like adults, a school that prioritized learning for the sake of learning.

Reed isn’t perfect, but it’s what I was looking for. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be attending this place.