Day 5 Writing 101 | LET SOCIAL MEDIA INSPIRE YOU
How times have changed. I used to look at newspapers, magazines, art and TV news for inspiration, now we have ‘Twitter for Inspiration’.
You study, study, study, and at the end, you are lucky enough to discover the greatest gift of education: that you know nothing at all.—
EJ Koh (@thisisEJKoh) January 07, 2014
I partially agree with this statement; in respect to a career. Life is something else, and a meaning I’m still fathoming.
In my case, I learnt the hard way, and soon realised you rarely walk straight into a job if you have a degree, it just means your more saleable.
I haven’t employed someone just because they have a good degree, it’s a person fit too that includes personality, team fit, values and behaviours etc. Isn’t that what education teaches you too?
I thought once I got my degree I’d be able to get a job just like that, unfortunately that was not the case. I had to work my socks off and prove myself against every other prospective employee.
Luckily for me, I was offered a job after my work placement, having proven to my employer I worked hard and was happy to start at the bottom and work my way up.
Not knowing anything after education, I disagree. However the context of the statement is unknown. Perhaps that is the point of this topic, and a major flaw of Twitter and social media!
For me, education is a framework, a grounding, a foundation. It provides the building blocks to develop and grow as a person, an individual. And how to grow up and learn to manage the difficult times. Why are children so cruel and such bullies sometimes?
Contrary to this however, I believe education shouldn’t be the all. I was recently told that I had the experience, but not the framework for a particular job I was interviewing for.
Basically, because I had not studied in a particular field and got a certificate, I didn’t get the job. How unfair I thought, I’d only worked in the specialism for over 10 years!
Anyway, I guess the employer wanted me to demonstrate I could apply the principles and processes gained by theory and study. Lesson learn’t, don’t assume, cover the basics, and explain each stage step by step.
Ramblings aside, I have made a start on using ‘Twitter as Inspiration’ for a topic of discussion.
Good, boring, unclear, spot on?
This is just my view, others are likely to interpret differently, and I look forward to finding out in other posts, or by comments to this one!
[PS. My photo is one I took diving having just passed my PADI advanced, learning to take underwater photos. You are never to old to learn!]