A Degree in Hand, A Career You Love

Run that by me again? Yeah, “A degree in hand, A career you love”. My choice of topic is based on something that’s been occupying my mind lately: Having a degree from a tertiary institution, but pursuing a career based on your interests.

Let’s face it, not everyone actually loves whatever field they work in. Some learn to love it eventually. At the same time, others own qualifications in a field based on what they perceive to be their talents, skills, interests.

While it does seem meaningless to study for a course you have zero interest in(as a matter of fact, I think it is, but you don’t always have control over your life), if you ascertained your strengths in terms of skills and hobbies, that could work to your advantage. The process of learning to garner information, analysing and utilising it, in addition to all other activities and processes education involves, can actually serve to enhance your abilities.

As you’ve noticed, what this article focuses on is how to make the most out of an unlikely situation. For all you know, you might end up loving wherever you’re pushed to. But if you never do, while in school, you could develop your skills. Whatever natural skills you have, hone it. While you could end up bagging a lucrative job later with your degree, you’d be happier if you had a job you actually enjoyed. If you developed your skills, who says you could’nt make a career out of them? You get to begin your work experience while in school. This gives you an idea of the job atmosphere, and you can be better prepared for entering the job market later.

I absolutely endorse taking up a little part-time job while in school for the above reasons and more.

These days, big qualifications don’t even guarantee you a job any more. Too many candidates, very few employment openings.

If however, you got a bankable skill, you’d get by even without an employment under any individual or corporation.

At this point, I should probably tell my readers to discount my earlier use of the word “lucrative”, as the emphasis here is clearly on having a job or career you dig, not necessarily a high-paying one.

I could write more about ‘how to discover your skills’ or ‘how to let your skills work for you’, but there’r already tons of articles on the web with quality content you can browse. I’d probably only be duplicating, except for the one little fact that it’d be uniquely my opinion.

In a nutshell, buy out time to develop yourself, your interests and skills. These are areas that will be a lot easier to excel in. And then, you can think of monetizing them. As such, whether or not you decide to graduate with that degree you don’t care about or not, you’d always have alternative options.

Are Search Engines Taking Over Libraries?

There’s hardly any information you won’t get on google. It is’nt the world’s largest and most used search engine for nothing.

Let’s consider a short history of google.. It started out as a project for two computer scientists, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in 1996. Both were students at Stanford university, California. Instead of the more conventional approach of using number of times a keyword appeared on a page to rate a webpage, they now employed the pagerank method of using the number of backlinks a site had existing on other sites. It was incorporated in ’98.

To quote one site, “google now holds monopoly of search engines”. 80% of search referrals- 1 billion search requests per day, comes from google. It has bought a number of companies and extended its partnership and now offers a good range of services; Google Analytic, Google Earth, Google Map, Auzz and others.

Of course there are other search engines that are probably as good or that people still would rate high. Ones like Yahoo, bing!. Then Swagbucks, Dogpile, Yandex, Blogscope, so on.

Occasionally, some thought pops up in my mind like, how is something done?, when was this started?, what’s the history of this activity?, who’s this character?, where would be the best place to buy this?, how often do experts think this should be done?, what’s the best way to prepare this dish?. I’d think of how search engines have made research and life easier by existing. True, some critics say search engines foster laziness, as with a click of the mouse and the right keyword, all or most of the information you need is made available to you.

While search engines are increasingly becoming a part of civilisation, though, libraries, the main means of getting information before search engines, appear to be going into extinction. Or not. At least, not yet.

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, a good number of people still appreciate the more traditional role of libraries; access to print material, professional librarians.. Libraries can be a reference source with a personal touch. Of course ,libraries also offer more. Online resources are available but often, according to a librarian that was part of the above mentioned study, “these go unknown and unused”. Obviously awareness of these resources has to be created as this infact means that you do not have go to the library, if you don’t want to. You can access the library on your PC as much as you can search engines. This of course’ll mean even more services would be accessible online, such as borrowing.