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Tomorrow’s job today

by Randall Craig on November 18, 2008

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Learning, Make It Happen Tipsheet,

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As children, we get up and go to school… because that’s what we do. As young adults, we choose a college or university to give us the skills to succeed in a particular career. For many people, formal education then stops – and for good reason: why bother with more education, if you know all that you need for your job?

The decision to no longer invest in education rests on a singular assumption: education is all about collecting information, and this information will empower you to do your job. The question, however, is what will allow you to do TOMORROW’S job? Education is not about information collection, but about professional transformation. In order to do tomorrow’s job, there is a requirement for education today.

Thankfully, this education can come in many forms:

  • An additional diploma or degree
  • An advanced degree
  • A professional certification
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Conventions
  • A disciplined reading program
  • Mentors and coaches
  • Volunteering in a leadership role

This week’s action item: While the school of hard knocks is a great educational institution, on-the-job training isn’t the only way to prepare for tomorrow’s job. This week, go back to “school” and commit to one educational activity from the list above. Then ask those around you to do the same. Education is tomorrow’s job today.

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