OZY Explores Transferable Skills
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Because it’s time to put those untapped talents to use: Move on up or make more money.
Selling your old jeans on eBay may be the best job prep you ever do. Think day-trading: Selling your stuff successfully online might be a brilliant place to get good at it — or at least to find out if you’ve got the knack. Which means eBay’s marketplace of sellers could be a rich talent pool for recruiters — or any smart entrepreneur — to consider hiring from, or to look for inspiration. And here you thought you were just wasting time, hanging out in your sweats and trading treasures. You were actually pumping up your résumé.
People returning to the workforce often look to the MBA as a way to up their employability factor. But not everyone who wants an MBA has two years and $100K to spend. Enter the one-year MBA. These accelerated programs don’t halve the price tag, but they do take a lot less time. And one-year programs can make for a more comfortable peer group than, say, a bunch of beer-pong-playing, Instagram-happy 26-year-olds. It’s not an easy track to take — especially if you’re more poetry-minded or have a fear of spreadsheets, like the article’s author, Anna Nordberg. But if you’re willing to put the work into it, there are plenty of fast-track options.
You’ve probably heard about the two years most young Mormons devote to their missions. The reason for the missions is not just the obvious fact that the Mormon church has become a marketing machine in recent years (despite a relatively small number of global converts). The two-year assignment is also a lesson in transferable skills that can apply to everyone, whether or not you’re one of the world’s 14 million Mormons. Getting out into the world at a young age and doing something that’s potentially scary and unstructured is one of the best preparations there is for entrepreneurship.
Stanford has launched the latest attempt to make the humanities 21st-century friendly. The great American university, nestled in the bosom of Silicon Valley, is updating the beleagured English major by tossing in some code. Students can now joint-major in English and computer science, meaning they don’t simply double up on classes, but they must actually integrate the two disciplines in a final project. (Music + CS is also a joint-major option.) If the humanities need a hero, could technology — in the form of solutions like Stanford’s — wear the cape?