No More “Gaming” Community Service

turning the tide graphicCollege admissions personnel are catching on to applicants who try to game the system and they’ve banded together to make changes.

The Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions report offers several recommendations to reshape the college admissions process to promote greater ethical engagement among aspiring students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students. The Harvard Graduate School of Education led the collaborative effort and over 80 key stakeholders in college admissions endorsed the recommendations.

A key theme in the report is that the pressure to get into college has led students and parents to “game” the community service element of the admissions process and ignore its true purpose—to be aware of and help those who need it.  The community service “war games” have driven applicants to try to outdo each other by engaging in expensive, high profile, exotic endeavors that are brief and meaningless to them, just to get noticed by college admissions. Continue reading No More “Gaming” Community Service

Job Fit Can Make Your Dream Come True

happy manI’ve been interviewed on several “how to find your dream career” podcasts lately and thought I’d share the advice I keep giving on these shows.

Yes, of course, it’s good to find a career that aligns with your interests, but that won’t ensure satisfaction. A statistics professor once told me how miserable he was in his career. He loved statistics but disliked being a professor. He was an extreme introvert who was dreadfully uncomfortable lecturing and interacting with students. He had felt he should become a professor to be a respectable professional. Continue reading Job Fit Can Make Your Dream Come True