A recent post, 5 Ways to Make College a Success by the Gallup Organization, is right on target.
Here is what they said are the 5 specific ways to make your continuing education worth the effort:
- A postsecondary degree is a net positive only if it is well focused to the individual
- Don’t get a Bachelor’s degree by default
- Keep Student Loan debt to a very minimum
- Question of the value of “prestigious” schools, and 5) When you learn pay close attention to what you are actually learning.
Here is the quote from them is below.
The thing I would add to their point #5 on maximizing your college effort is, you need to figure out your “Core Competencies” as soon as you can. You need to have a plan to feed your Core Competencies. You need to take classes that feed your competencies and you need to take classes from Teachers in your Core Competencies. I have an iBook on this topic. http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1069685032.
What follows is the best advice from our research — some of it counterintuitive — for making the most of college.
- Get a postsecondary credential or degree. But don’t feel like you need to do this until you have a clear — or somewhat clear — idea of your goals. People who graduated from college at a later age were less likely to regret their education paths. In fact, think about career and life goals first. Then think about where you want to go and the majors and fields of study that align with those. Thendecide how much you are willing to spend — or take out in loans — on your education. Many Americans do all of this backward today.
- Don’t pursue a bachelor’s degree by default. There are many paths to a great career and fulfilling life, including earning technical and career certificates, associate degrees, etc. And you can always stack credentials and degrees over time. Associate degree holders, for example, are more likely than bachelor’s degree holders to strongly agree that they have the ideal job for them and that they are deeply interested in their work.
- Don’t take on more than $25,000 in total student loan debt.Graduates with student loan debt over $25,000 have lower overall well-being and are more likely to regret their education decisions.
- Question the value of attending prestigious, highly selective and high-priced colleges and universities. They actually provide little (at best) to no (at worst) advantage in being engaged in your job and in your life outcomes (thriving in your well-being). Nor do they reduce the chances of feeling education regret. College is much more about what you make of it — how you take advantage of your education — than the type of institution you attend.
- When you actually attend college, make sure you do the things listed below. Grads who hit the marks on these double their odds of being engaged at work and having thriving well-being later in life:
- As best you can, pick professors, not courses. Seek professors who have reputations for being amazing teachers and mentors.
- Invest in a mentor. This goes both ways — someone who agrees to or offers to mentor you, as well as someone you feel is worth the investment of your time.
- Find a job or internship where you can apply what you’re learning, or work to connect what you’re learning to your current job.
- Take at least a couple of courses that involve long-term projects requiring a semester or more of work to complete.
- Don’t try to “pad your resume” with a long list of extracurricular activities; get deeply, lastingly engaged in at least one.
Postsecondary education is a powerful pathway to a great job and a great life — but only if you make the most of it. Spread this advice to everyone you know. After all, it comes from the wisdom of hundreds of thousands of students and alumni.
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Our hyper-connected digital world has accelerated change. And, let’s face it, it isn’t always easy to deal with the twists and turns. To thrive in the 21st Century we must be flexible, innovative, and versatile. In this post, I’ll share 7 ways a Learning Community can help you be more adaptable to all this change.The first thing to consider is that change comes in a variety of different forms and with different impacts. Some changes may work in our favor, while others make us second guess our goals and rethink our decisions. Being adaptable is the key to getting through it in one piece.A Learning Community can help you stay focused, productive, and determined in order to thrive.Here are the 7 ways a Learning Community helps you manage to better adapt to change:
- Helps You Embrace Learning.
Believing you don’t know everything and believing there are always things you can learn are the first steps to successfully manage change. Learning Communities give you the tools to create an online learning culture that empowers your efforts to build on the changes around you in a positive way. Learning Communities provide extra support to get the learning you need when you need it. Learning Communities offer you the tools and resources you need to achieve your potential.
- Helps You Question Your Assumptions And Beliefs.
In order to be adaptable you must learn how to break down the barriers that are holding you in place. We all have habits, belief systems, and assumptions that may be preventing us from adapting to the situation. Sometimes all it takes is asking a thought provoking question to set the gears in motion and encourage us to analyze and reflect on our current cognitions. Questioning our underlying beliefs or why we react in a certain way prompts us to explore our motives, which brings us one step closer to increasing our flexibility.
- Helps You Seek Out Differing Viewpoints.
Everyone has their own opinions, ideas, and perspectives. Unfortunately, we may lose sight of this fact and get stuck in our own mental processes. Learning Communities offer a chance to share insights, provide feedback, and look at concepts and ideas from a different viewpoints. Learning Communities ask each group to develop online training materials, such as an online presentation that pertains to a specific task or topic. Learning Communities give us a list of online resources, like video conferencing platforms and Project Management sites we can use to collaborate online. The goal is to respect and value the beliefs of others, which allows us to see that there is always more than one way to approach a problem.
- Helps you Develop Creative Thinking Skills.
Creativity is one of the most important elements of adaptability. It gives us the ability to look at ideas, concepts, and challenges from all angles, then come up with innovative solutions to the problem. Learning Communities help you develop creative thinking skills by integrating visual brainstorming online activities, such as mind maps, sketches, and charts. Learning Communities offer case studies that foster creativity by creating an emotional connection with others by helping us reflect upon how we would handle the situation or what we would do differently.
- Helps You Learn from Mistakes.
Being adaptable is all about learning from mistakes and overcoming failures. When changes occur you must be able to turn every bump in the road into an opportunity to grow and discover their strengths. Mistake-driven learning can help you gain valuable experience and knowledge you can use in the future, especially when life throws you a proverbial curve ball. One of the most effective ways to emphasize the importance of failure is to create real life simulations. Learning Communities give you the chance to see the repercussions of your choices and actions in a supportive online training environment, instead of having to deal with a steep learning curve on-the-job.
- Helps you Explore All Of The Outcomes.
Learning Communities help you explore all of the possible outcomes and improve your adaptability. This is primarily due to the fact learning communities deal in real world situations and challenges. Learning Communities allow you to test out new approaches, identify areas of improvement, and determine which skills need to be developed. In essence, Learning Communities help you build a tool kit to handle any situation that comes your way. When disaster strikes you can call upon the information and experience gained through the Learning Community
- Help you Focus On Performance Gaps.
Learning Communities provide self-assessments to help you track your progress, identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop a personalized learning strategy based on your specific needs at a specific time. If an online self-assessment reveals you need to focus on a specific skill set or task, you can find the online resources you require to fill the gap. The more knowledge and self-awareness you have, the more adaptable you will become. My experience suggests that if you are kept in the dark about your proficiency and have no means of testing your skills, you will probably stick with your unproductive habits
Learning Communities allow you take on challenges that come your way and stay calm and collected when uncertainty strikes.
Use these 7 tips to enhance their flexibility and get them ready for the changes you’ll face as you strive to thrive in the 21st Century
The key factors that are most likely to improve learning outcomes.
- Learners taking ownership and having a choice in what they learn and how.
- Differentiated and individualized learning
- Formative, constructive, personalized, and focused assessment
- Small-group learning experiences
- Opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning and to develop other noncognitive skills that help them learn how to learn.
- Flexible, collaborative tools to help teachers and learners incorporate these key factors and improve learning outcomes.