In a recent episode of the NPR podcast The Hidden Brain, host Shankar Vedantam asks: “What happens when people put themselves in contact with difference?” The answers might surprise you.
Forty-one percent of Generation Z have an “entrepreneurial spirit” and are looking to start their own businesses, according to Online Schools Center. Fifty-six percent plan to circumvent an expensive post-secondary education in favour of landing in the work force sooner.
The term professional development describes a range of activities, from workplace training, to attending seminars or webinars, to completing a full-length college or university program.
Which kind you need depends on your current situation and your longer-term goals. Do you need to solve an immediate problem? Do you want a better job? Or are you thinking about changing careers?
Below, we look at four kinds of professional development and how each might help you advance your education, job, or career goals.
Are you curious about other cultures? How do you learn about what other cultures value? Hofstede Insights’ interactive Compare Countries tool is a fascinating way to begin to improve your cultural competence.
Here’s how to use this tool:
Is professional development one of your goals for 2019? Are you struggling to find the time to fit in learning?
Let’s be honest: adults are busy people. With jobs, families, and an avalanche of commitments, it can be hard to fit in learning. And yet, learning can help you to keep your edge at work.
The winter break is fast approaching. How are you celebrating the lead-up to the holidays in your child-care centre or school?
In an article titled Holidays and Anti-Bias Education: Being Thoughtful and Creative, Julie Bisson and Louise Derman-Spark encourage early childhood educators to plan celebrations thoughtfully, so that all children and educators in their communities feel affirmed. The article addresses questions like these:
According to the World Economic Forum, we can expect 5.1 million jobs to be lost to robotics and artificial intelligence by 2020. Think about your current job. What aspects of your job could a robot do? (Do you really want to be doing this part of your job, anyway?) How will your job change, or will it even be around in 2020?
As far as we can tell, there appear to be three kinds of editing courses: how-to courses, how-well-you courses, and what-to courses. What do we mean by these course categories, and which kind of course is right for you?
Many editing course providers offer how-to-edit courses in a variety of editing disciplines. If you want to learn how to copyedit a report, proofread a digital poster, or develop a piece of fiction, you’ll want to explore courses like the ones offered in the following programs: