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Why MySpace is Not a Work Skill

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Why What You Learned in College Doesn’t Work Well @ Work.

Our sales leader, Paul Moquist, is the best sales manager and trainer around. Over the years, I have seen him teach countless young people about sales. It is not uncommon for ex-employees to look him up years after working for him and relate their successes. He is like  the English Literature  teacher you had in high school who had a lasting impact on you.

Anyway…he had an interesting topic yesterday in his daily training session. I will try to paraphrase it here because I think it is relevant to others, too.

In college, he said, you go there to learn lifetime type skills and knowledge that will make you a prepared, contributing citizen. Even so, most people graduate without a clear pathway to a job.

What you do learn in college are how to play video games, use Facebook, MySpace and InstantMessaging. I think it is fair to say that for a lot of college people today, these four things occupy a significant part of their activities. It is fun, it’s a way to maintain contacts with new and old friends…it’s entertainment, even. But it was learned at college, in large degree. Keep in mind, that you were paying for college.

So, now fast forward a few years. You are just getting started at work. Let’s say you are lucky to find a company with a good product line, and a training program for you. This company is now paying you to learn more about their version of ‘work.’ It’s not like college where you paid them, and you chose to practice your MySpace layout skills. This new company of yours is now paying you…and teaching you how to do better work, with the end goal, of course, to make you a contributing employee.

But you learned these other skills in your recent past – the my space instant messaging hey dude my turn at halo – type skills. And it is awfully hard to break these habits.

Just try to remember that these are not work skills. Your mastery of them won’t help you much later. Think about the other things you could be learning and try to stop the addiction while there is still time. Tivo ahead to when you are forty years old, do you want to be a master at MySpace and have more friends than even Tom…or do you want to have some other skills too?

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The Real Ten Best Law Schools

There is a humorous article  written by Brandt Goldstein. It describes the law schools in lighter vein. Says the article:

The rankings are founded on a ridiculously narrow idea of what a “good” law school is. In all honesty, what really determines which institution you choose as a place of study for three years and an alma mater for the rest of your life? I’m not sure I can name all the factors, but I know this: the number of books in the law library (factored in by the U.S. News ranking) did not help me decide whether to check the “accept” box. How many books can you read in law school, for crying out loud? In fact, how many law-related books do you want to read? Four? Two?

So I ask: What about the things we really care about? What about the attractiveness of our future classmates? What about beach front property? What about sex? People, it’s time for a different ranking. So here’s my own list of the Top Ten law schools. It’s arbitrary. Its capricious. And its a lot more accurate and useful than anything you’re going to find in print.

The author describes the following law schools with a caution from the editor that it is all in humor and not meant to be taken seriously.

10.University of Colorado at Boulder

9.University of Miami, Florida

8.The University of Minnesota

7.Duke (tie)

7.North Carolina (tie)

5. Michigan-Ann Arbor

4. Harvard

3.Stanford

2.Concord Law School. Torts and contracts, Internet-style. 

1.Pepperdine

For the explanation of the Rankings go to Find Law

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