Archive for August, 2011

Exposure – Key Element in Career Search

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


My mother would take me to symphony concerts when I was a child.  I was so bored!  There was no action!  Then she told me to watch just one or two musicians throughout a piece to see what they did both while they were playing and especially when they weren’t.  That kept me awake and attentive!  I began to look around the theater to see the lighting, the sound equipment, architecture, what the ushers did as well as the conductor and musicians.  Then she allowed me to audition for a play and I was introduced the the backstage “magic” by being cast in a professional-style community theater.  Decades later, a BFA and lots of theater technical skills, I’m still excited by the ‘magic’ created in the theater. Yet I also know the hours, hard work, conflict management, budget and procurement, creativity and discipline required to create the magic.  I watch a movie seeing not only the story, but also the costumes, settings, and FX guessing how they did that.  All because I was exposed to live theater, not just the TV.

Travel had a similar impact on my career.  And I see it happen to others as well. It can be travel just to a different neighborhood, or around the world. My first trip outside the US exposed me to people from all over the world. I heard, for the first time, that  US policies and actions weren’t adored and multi-national companies weren’t great saviors to developing countries. I find going outside my neighborhood exposes me to different perspectives that improve my outlook on many issues.

The more we are exposed to things both within and outside our daily lives, the more we can explore to find meaningful work/career options. Then we can can look into the knowledge and skills we need to make that contribution.

Whether watching the fireworks on the 4th of July or the bugs near the picnic blanket, we can help others (especially children) explore their work/career interests everyday by being curious.  Asking questions such as:

“How do they do that?”  “How does that work?”

“Why does that happen?”

“How could that be better?” ” What do I want do about it?”

“What would it be like to do that for a living?”




A Peek Into Your Crystal Ball

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Our Future Selves is an interactive look into the crystal ball of our future.  From the Columbia University Grad School of Journalism, you can see at what your future will look like for the next 50 or so years.  This is an easy to use graphic depiction of ethnicity, health and wealth data to see how we may fare in our part of the world.

Few changes will have as seismic an effect on the United States as the rate at which it’s growing old. The unprecedented proportion of older adults means change in every corner of our lives: our families, our workplaces, our communities. Columbia News21’s Brave Old World site, going live on August 15, looks at our collective future.

So what does this mean to me? It says I really do need to learn Spanish, stop eating those wonderful salty oatmeal cookies, and add some more walking and yoga practice. With further thought, I can see opportunities for working with the people around me in my future based on their demographic needs.

Enter your data and see what’s in store for you.  Thanks, Jason Alcorn, Michael Keller and Emily Liedel, fellows at Columbia University.