As early as the eighteenth century, letters of introduction were a part of
polite society. The practice spread to American shores from Europe.
They have changed over time. Letters of recommendation became self written,
they became more detailed - listing everything about a person's
accomplishments and background. But they remain a written introduction to a
complete stranger, vouching for a person's credentials. That has not changed.
These days we call them resumes.
In 250 years we've invented electricity. We've invented cars, airplanes and
computers. Twelve of us have walked on the moon. (Unless you're one of the
20% of this population that don't believe that ever happened.)
Yet if one of those astronauts wanted a job forty years later, pursuing
whatever field of engineering he first emerged from, he would need to sit
down and write a resume.
Overall, I'd say that the... (more)
Businesses can be a lot like soap operas in one important respect – a
secret never stays secret forever. It’s only ever waiting in the background
today to become tomorrow’s main plot line.
One of the most common forms of secrecy in the modern workplace is the
concealing of mistakes – it is this small and unnecessary crime that
results in more dismissals than any other kind of misconduct. People make
mistakes; it’s a natural part of being human. Immediate acknowledgement,
combined with ideas for fixing the problem, will always be the best course.
Everyone makes mistakes; people r... (more)
It was only fairly recently that I cracked the myth of multitasking, and
found an attitude toward it that I am comfortable with.
These days, I see it this way. A housewife (if you'll forgive the 1950s
stereotype that follows - but the idea of the multitasking superwoman is
perfect for this purpose) needs to cook dinner, tidy up the lounge of toys
and change a nappy. She leaves some sauce simmering on the stove, picks up a
couple of soft toys and throws them in the toy chest, then takes care of the
baby's nappy. She returns child to crib, washes her hands, picks up the books
Engineering has developed a tough reputation as an undergraduate degree. This
reputation is unlikely to be contributing to desperately needed intake into
the industry at ground level. So what's the story and do these accounts
really convey the reality of university programs in engineering related
The recent National Survey of Student Engagement took 416,000 full-time and
first-year students and also seniors at a total of 670 universities across
the USA to find out which majors offer the hardest ride. They produced a Top
2. Physical scienc... (more)
There are times in life when you have to put your hands up to being in the
minority, especially when you're in the business of putting your opinions out
there in the market for all to see. As a lifelong holder of minority
opinions, this is not new to me.
So effusive was the disagreement with my first blog in this series, that
arrived from all corners of our growing community here, that I feel compelled
to present the opposite view. I will wipe the spit and fumes from my face and
in all probability convince myself that I was actually wrong in the first
place. The source of our di... (more)