Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Transferrable Skills

Career developers often work with clients to elicit lists of marketable transferable skills. These are skills that the client has developed in one setting—not necessarily in a job—that would be useful to an employer in a different setting. Many jobs can be done by applying clusters of transferable skills right from 'day one' of the job, without significant initial training.

Here's someone who may have transferred skills as a magician to an occupation that appears quite different.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

To Succeed Remember When You Were Powerful

Asking people to remember a time when they were powerful enhances their appeal in interviews.

See "Wear a Feeling of Power" in WSJ's Week in Ideas for a little bit more and a pointer to the original research paper.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Emotional Intelligence Important for Dentist Success

Makes sense, doesn't it? See Emotional Intelligence Trumps IQ in Dentist-Patient Relationship in Science News.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Market for PhDs in Economics

Professor Frances Woolley of Carleton University offers some useful information and advice for people considering the advanced degree in economics, in The (slowly) changing face of Ontario economics departments.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BBC Woman's Hour: Women in Math

Starting at the 6:50 point in this BBC "Woman's Hour" podcast, "Professor Gwyneth Stallard and Dr Eugenia Cheng on why there aren't more female Maths Professors".

As far as I'm concerned this is not just about why there aren't more women mathematics faculty, it touches on the vital issue of providing the proper support for people in society.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Learning styles: myth

Those of us who took our training at certain schools got this as gospel. This is not the first time I've read that there is no basis to this idea; time to register the point on this blog.

The myth of learning styles

If you want to be happy ...

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life ... at work anyway. First of all, you might watch this.



Professor Ariely's recommendations seem to be meant mainly for managers and supervisors, yet it's obvious that the human needs he has investigated have importance for those of us who work for others too. If you want to be happy and successful at work then you must try to identify someone to work for who will have the sense to acknowledge what you do for them. Your own 'passion' for what you do might not be enough to sustain you.

What can you do?

  • When you're in a job interview ask the person who will be your likely supervisor what she does when people finish tasks and projects.
  • You should be asking for an opportunity to meet future colleagues. (Be wary if prospective employers are unwilling to do this in a second interview.) Ask them what happens when they finish tasks and projects. Ask them how they are likely to feel about starting the next project.
I can't offer you scientific evidence for this advice at this point but you might get some worthwhile feedback, even if it is somewhat guarded.