Competency based education


Time and again I’m revisiting education because there is a seismic change happening in Educating our young population. I have written blogs that focused on the the changes that are happening due to Massive online open course ware (MOOC) movement, big companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, IBM’s investment in this sector, how universities, colleges , students need to re orient themselves to stay relevant  to the present conditions and how to learn smartly using technology tools in the following blogs.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/classroom-learning-with-concert-of-technology/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/uncommon-sense-and-common-nonsense/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/free-online-resources/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/students-this-is-for-you/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

But most of these practices are still not able to make students employable right away after coming out of colleges. There are still many factors that contribute for  success of new employee other than the core skill that is basically needed to work. Realizing this, below universities along with industry collaborations came up with a new way of imparting skills to students. This approach is considered more relevant to industries needs and is called competency based education. I want students to take a look at the following universities that are providing this education because getting jobs is very much likely.

https://www.brandman.edu/cbeducation

http://www.capella.edu/flexpath-self-paced-learning/

http://flex.wisconsin.edu/

http://pl.nau.edu/

http://collegeforamerica.org/

http://www.wgu.edu/why_WGU/competency_based_approach

I personally feel that time has come to club medicine, engineering , agriculture, life sciences and other fields together, create a course and impart training to solve some of the great challenges of the world.  I wrote about my opinion here. please check http://www.ghdonline.org/innovation/discussion/5-innovations-in-global-health-maybe-not-what-you-/?ref=dashboard#reply-14103

 

So why waiting just start learning. your feedback is appreciated.

Measure your happiness, How your face looks at 60?


We all want to be Happy. Do you agree? Then read this and it will make you happy.

In this digitally connected world we are  becoming heavily busy and miss the opportunity to analyze and introspect ourselves and  what makes us happy .  Most of us are so busy checking our emails, socializing with friends on Facebook , twitter and other sites, spending time in movie halls or working towards our goals and don’t have time to take a snapshot of day’s events and judge how we reacted to each event or situation that happens to us during the day.

We have a choice to be reactive or be creative,  but most of the time we spend days, months and years in a reactive mode by attending to our daily chores. We don’t think much about the routine we perform everyday and get used to the daily grind. Due to that we slowly stop thinking that things can be done in a much better way and our day can be more productive by questioning our daily routine and how we perform it. We just need to become more creative and focus on improving our daily routine. The net result of improving our quality of life leads to some spare time so that we can use the same  to reflect inwards and check what actions, incidents and events during the day makes us Happy and which ones makes us Sad. By introspecting about our selves deeply,  helps us to improve our happiness levels for the rest of the life.

We have technology to assists us to monitor our day’s events, happenings , our moods and experiences towards such events and happenings. By tracking our everyday living we can get rid of things that makes us Sad or ignorant and improve and strengthen our practices that makes us Happy. Introspecting and self analysis of our behaviors helps us tremendously in improving our mental abilities and physical fitness.  Make sure you spare an hour everyday before sleep to analyze the day’s events and how you reacted.  Which action of yours made you feel happy , helped in enriching you and which one is neutral and which one made you Sad. By doing that everyday you will start finding a pattern about how well you are shaping your life.  Remember the saying

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll

In order to help you monitor your day i’m giving you the links of some great self  data mining tools. Enjoy and remember that you can always have a “better life with best practices ” (Skillsnest tag line) and  a quote from Ben frankling to motivate you for a good life.    “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Ben Franklin

https://www.rescuetime.com/signup/solo/lite

http://runkeeper.com/  to measure how many calories you burnt during your workout

http://www.realidata.com/cgi-bin/rTracker/iPhone/rTracker-main.pl

http://www.quantified-mind.com/

http://quantifiedself.com/2013/07/ashish-mukharji-on-three-years-of-tracking-happiness/

http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/

http://quantifiedself.com/2013/04/konstantin-augemberg-on-tracking-happiness/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOETUvaOxDA&feature=youtu.be

http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/07/how-daydreaming-can-help-you-pay-attention/

Want to know how you look when you are old?

You can also make your choices to be happy as you grow older. But no one gives a serious thought about aging until we reach a stage where the symptoms of oldness shows up in the form of body becoming weak and vulnerable to diseases.  There are websites that would show you how you look when you are 60 or how many calories you will gain in the future with your present life styles etc.

Click here to know how you will look at age 60 and beyond http://faceretirement.merrilledge.com/

http://www.futureme.org/

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

As you build your career you may want the world to know about you and your experiences , skills and expertise. There are couple of good websites that allow you to promote your selves such as follows

http://www.expertfile.com/

https://about.me/

http://zerply.com/about

Future perfect when Present is controlled


I happened to read a Facebook comment from a young student who just joined the engineering course saying that they are going to have ton’s of fun during their college life.  Naturally he got so many likes and comments supporting him from his fellow students and others. I felt compelled to write this blog on this topic. There is no doubt or denying the fact that we should enjoy to the full extent during student life. It is the most memorable and fun time of our life. But “100% love” towards just fun, whiling away time, during college life or you have a balanced approach to fun, education and core skills to become a  “Darling”  for your parents, friends, society is what you have to decide.

Time flies just like that.  When you look back to your past after your college life you should not repent the missed opportunities or missed time that otherwise would have helped you to reach your goals and made you feel proud.

John lenon(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Boy_(Darling_Boy)  a singer once wrote, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” (in many cases having fun). It is easy to be busy with many things during the day. Most of us always think about future. We act based on that and there is nothing wrong in that but it is easy to get distracted from greater goals we set for ourselves. Many a times we come across some good ideas or opportunities, seminars, lectures  to help us reach our goals but we tend to ignore them for the sake of fun  or  may postpone the decision of doing something for  betterment, for later years. That becomes a costly mistake.

Many students I know are now repenting that they did not acquire the skills needed for them to get a job. I took classes to hundreds of such unemployed youth preparing them with necessary corporate (employable skills).  It is a costly mistake to pay for the rest of your life if you are forced to work in a company that you don’t like. Your goals and doing what you love to do for the rest of life is very valuable and life long fun and fulfillment.

It is easy to get caught up in distractions during the day-to-day life at college or work. At least once in six months or once  a year though, it is important to look back on what you learned new or whether you are equipping yourselves to reach your life goals.  If you find that you have not accomplished much in the past year remind yourselves that you are going to work more hard this year to achieve your goals. Otherwise you are next in line as millions of unemployed youth waiting for help from somebody to lift thme up.

So you decide. If you are Sincere,  hard working and smart you can control your Fate and God will help you in that matter.

Choice 1.  100% enjoyment in college life and a failure rest of the LIFE.

Choice 2.   Enjoyment +  Learn new skills other than college education +  your engineering subjects  but with 100%  dedication everyday. Success and happiness for the rest of the life.

You decide your future. It’s your life. It’s in your hands.

Here are some thought provoking questions to ask your selves.

Are you planning for your career goals?

Do you really want to make a mark of yourselves or live somebody’s life?

Do you have the courage, skills to achieve more than what you can imagine now?

Think of the founders of these companies. They are all students when they started their glorious journey of success and are now having a blast (having fun) for rest of the life. GOOGLE, Facebook, Instagram, redbus.in(http://www.redbus.in/)

interviewstreet.com http://www.interviewstreet.com/recruit/challenges

to name a few.

Modern ways to prepare Resume


For those employees who are thinking of getting another job or final year students who are readying themselves for jobs it is time for having a resume ready.  Catching the attention of the potential recruiter is very hard with millions of me too like resumes that reach their desk’s.

Hiring trends have changed a lot with explosive growth of technology and social websites. Resumes are now scanned by software to align potential job candidates to the position offered by the companies. Social websites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a platform for hiring prospective employees too. While many students have the luxury of campus recruitment everyone is not lucky enough to get the job they are dreaming of. Even those who join a company thru campus are finding hard to adjust to the jobs they are hired thru campus.

Your resume and cover letter play a vital role in catching the attention of the prospective employer. In order to catch the attention of the prospective employees many have charted new paths in presenting their resumes. See how some people got jobs by becoming creative in presenting their worthiness to prospective employers here.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/creative-social-mediafacebook-twitter-linkedin-resume-tips/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/facebook-and-qr-codes/

https://pathbrite.com/  helps students and fresh employees to visually show their accomplishments historically

There are oodles of resume guiding websites online.  Here are some cool websites that will help you to develop your unique resume.

http://www.resumeedge.com/resume-writing/resumes/

Resume builder by livecareer.com. You can start with your already built resume or use their tools to build a fresh one. Check more here http://www.livecareer.com/lp/lcarsmsm31.aspx

Linkedin. Many students don’t know the power of social websites. These are platforms for networking, getting jobs and also learning what the industry is looking in students as potential job candidates. One such wonderful website is Linkedin. Your profile in Linkedin is a resume itself. So what ever you write in your profile matters. Also Linkedin is the platform for joining professional groups to discuss subject matter, get tips about personality development, career advice and job listing. They also have a resume builder tool. Try this here http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Rezumme : Once you post your resume here , out of kindness and helping nature people will check your resume and help in shaping it properly.people  read your resumes and add notes and advice with comments. A numbered scoring tool also allows resume pros to rate you on your Resume sections, formatting, language and potential to be hired.  It is like Facebook comments and likes.  Nice and 100 percent free for job seekers. http://www.razume.com/

Cover letters: Cover letters are very important to let the prospective employee know for which job you are applying and what makes you fit for that job. If the letter is not written well in spite of having all the qualifications you need  you know you won’t be getting that interview call. Here are some cool websites to help you in writing covering letters.

http://content.monsterindia.com/resumecenter.html

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/citation/passive-voice

Facebook is another place to find cover letters samples. Use Facebook for your benefit. There are several job listings, companies, groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter and real jobs are posted on these websites. So spend time looking for the groups and jobs other than posting pictures, chatting and commenting on others photos. Good luck. For more advice leave a comment and I will answer your query.

Some more resume advice websites to look at http://www.gm4jh.com/

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Student-and-New-Grad-Center/Student-Top-Story/Resume-Extras.aspx

http://vizualize.me/

http://resume.github.com/