15 Inspiring TED Talks Every Freshman Must Watch You've selected your classes and shopped for your dorm room. You've bought some new clothes and packed your favorite things. The new semester is around the corner and you're as ready as you'll ever be. Unless, that is, you want to get a tiny bit ahead. We know you're excited, and probably more than a little nervous, so take some time to listen to these TED talks to get some inspiration before you even have a syllabus to crack. The TED speaker series features "ideas worth spreading." Did we miss one that inspires you for the new school year? 1. In need of a motivational pick-me-up? 2. According to Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, sometimes our notions of what will make us happy and what will make us miserable are way off. 3. There's a strong chance you'll have your fair share of group projects this semester. 4. Between dance team, ultimate frisbee club, volunteering and—oh, right—lectures, your life's crazy factor is about to go way up. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Defining Success in Higher Education - Mobile In our latest installment, we take on the topic of students' success after graduation and the question of who is ultimately accountable for that success and in what ways. Before any discussion gets very far, it's fair to begin things by asking exactly what is meant by "success" and why it's being discussed in the first place. On the question of why, the global recession of the last four years no doubt plays a major part. With prospective students anxious about their expenses and the economy that awaits them, more and more want assurances there will be a return on their investment. At the same time, waves of bad news on the domestic labor market have led to speculation that there is a mismatch between the requirements of the most promising jobs and the skills of applicant pools. This naturally fuels debate as to why workers are not prepared for these jobs, and who can emerge to fix this situation - parallel lines of questioning that quickly involve higher education.
Proof That Failure Is the Key to Success I teach strategy and entrepreneurship at Babson College. Its undergraduate entrepreneurship program has topped the U.S. News & World Report survey every year in the last 20. And if a student asked me the most important thing the she had to know by the end of the semester, I’d tell her that to achieve start-up success; you must fail over and over again until you learn what you need to succeed. Failure: The Cold, Hard Truth Before getting into the details of why this is so important, consider these statistics. The logic behind this is that I have spoken with many VCs who talk with about 1,000 entrepreneurs for every one or two that they fund. Since April 2011 when I started researching my book, Hungry Start-up Strategy, I have interviewed at least 200 start-up CEOs. Three such stories come to mind-- pay service PayPal, team productivity enhancement app-maker Collaborate.com, and recruiting software as a service company Bullhorn. Case Study: PayPal The first is PayPal. Case Study: Bullhorn
Students Becoming Professionals: An Employer's View on Guiding a New Employee - Mobile Philip Waitzman, M.B.A., M.P.H., M.A., L.S.W. • 07/03/12 For generations, employers considered the high school degree to be the baseline for considering graduates for a job. Over time, the minimum requirement for being considered for an entry-level job grew to graduates needing a four-year college degree. Today, although an undergraduate degree is adequate for most first-time job seekers, there is considerable momentum within hiring by employers to favor students that complete a master's degree. While the workforce has become more skilled, employers continue to want the most educated and capable graduates that they can acquire for their money. There are differences between the current generation of four-year graduates seeking their first jobs with generations of the past. Graduates want to work enough to live their life. The gap in expectations is a challenge for today's employers. Students are used to being taught or trained and then evaluated.
Are Extroverts the Best Leaders? Maybe Not I was surprised as anyone back in 1990 when I landed my first real job. Full healthcare benefits, a retirement plan, and much more! An actual salary to pay the bills and even buy myself a commuter car! I was soon to become the manager of a shoe store in Oakdale, Minnesota. My parents, not to mention my wife, were so proud. Unfortunately, my first week on the job was a total bust. Because I focused so much on the register--making sure someone was always there, that we were processing transactions correctly--I forgot to check in with my employees. Somehow, despite my introverted personality, I lasted about two years. What's the Stuff of Leadership? In the business world, the best leaders are those who charge ahead, right? But what if that's not really true at all? Recently, I took a Myers-Briggs test at an event that offered some new perspective on this topic. If you know anything about the Myers-Briggs test, this will resonate with you. Leadership According to Meyers-Briggs So what about me?
Should colleges be judged by job success? CPCC’s Zeiss said he agrees with McCrory that “higher education ought to lead to jobs. … That’s why we go to school.” But measuring a school’s performance is “not as simple as it looks.” For instance, he said, a CPCC student might take longer to get his or her degree if they’re a parent with children and can’t be in school full-time. That student might not show up in job measurements for years. McCrory is not the first Republican governor to challenge public universities on how well they place graduates in jobs. Scott has urged public universities to collect data on employment and salaries for various majors to share with prospective students. “How many more jobs you think there [are] for anthropology in this state?” Some studies do show that some employers, even in an ailing economy, still value that liberal-arts education that begets a broader set of skills. And statistics suggest that degree holders fare better at landing jobs in North Carolina.