Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Jun 18, 2014 - 06:00 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

What’s a liberal arts major to do in a world demanding grads with a STEM degree? That questions been plaguing college students for two decades now.   The answer: Counter those demands with your own career plan.   Consider these facts:   ·        Only 15% of students major in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, or math). 85% of college students pursue something else. ·        40% of STEM students leave their major because it’s too difficult. Some leave college all t... More

Posted on Jan 08, 2014 - 10:10 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

The ancient Greeks had a great view of education – it was worth the trouble.   Socrates said, “All learning is accompanied by pain.” His contemporary, Sophocles said, “Success is the reward of toil.”   Two generations later, Aristotle added, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”   In other words, getting a good education is not supposed to be easy. It wasn’t easy then, and it’s not easy now. Today’s student faces different challenges, of course: rapidly rising tuition, high-interest student ... More

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 - 10:45 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

There’s a big push these days among parents, teachers, and guidance counselors for students to personalize their education – to take classes that are meaningful to them, develop a unique list of colleges that suit their needs and embark on a career path all their own.   We couldn't agree more. At a time when schools are struggling to meet student needs, it's a good idea to personalize your education. Try the following tips to get started:   5 Tools to Personalize Your High School Education   Learning Style Inventory. Determe your learning s... More

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 - 08:55 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

The Department of Defense has a novel idea when it comes to keeping recruits from washing out of boot camp: make sure new soldiers belong there in the first place.   The DoD thinks all students should take in-depth personality tests. Unfortunately, the Pentagon believes only 15% of high schools offer such tests. Personality tests, of course, not only benefit the Army and Navy, but are good for colleges, employers, and students.   Reasons Students Should Take Personality Tests   Narrow Your Career Choices. Personality tests help students decide if college, the workfor... More

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 - 09:35 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

Ask high-school students what they want in a job and you’ll get almost as many answers as there are jobs. “Money,” “Respect,” or “Helping others” often top the list. But repeated research reveals that as important as money is to students, it doesn’t determine the careers they pursue.   That answer is a bit more surprising.   How Students Make Career Choices   What is the top factor influencing student career interests? Would you believe parents?   Parents. Students take direct and indirect cues from their paren... More

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

“If you think college is expensive, try ignorance.”  – Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University   This quote by Mr. Bok came to mind the other day after the Kinsey Global Institute released a report on the value of a college education in an increasingly technological world. Of course, Mr. Bok wasn’t just referring to ignorance as a lack of education leading to a lack of money, but rather as Socrates would say, living the “unexamined life.”   But in this day and age of sky-high tuition, massive student loans, a struggling job ... More




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