Spring is in the air, pollen is flying and graduation is in bloom. This week many universities are in graduation or commencement mode. It feels great to finish your program, get out of school and start a new life. But now what??? Dr. Patti Mason and I are two years out of finishing our doctorate. Here’s a look at some realities for new graduates and where Dr. Patti and I are in 2017…
Education is something in life that is very personal. Well, sort of. Sometimes we have a burning passion to do something in the world, something that may or may not require a formal education. For example veterinarians, psychiatrists, or nurse midwives need special training. But many of us fall into careers that don’t need a formal education. Life experience is an education in itself and school is not for everyone…
There’s a Chinese saying that goes: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation. Dr. Patti and I call this paying it forward. As scholars, social entrepreneurs, and educators, we feel obligated to give back. It’s interesting that the realization to use education to give back didn’t really materialize until graduate school.
Selective hearing is a human trait – we hear what we want to hear. So when it comes to getting feedback on your dissertation, it can feel like a personal attack. Feedback is a double-edge sword of the good and bad. But when we hear the negatives, that’s all we hear. And we tend to block out the positives.
As you know, Dr. Patti and I recently completed our doctoral programs. While we believe the world is our oyster, we also are realists about career options. We are looking into new and creative ways to use our education.
If you are like us, you want to have choices or flexibility in your career plans. You can find ways to be a researcher, social entrepreneur, teacher and find work that your truly enjoy.
In the world of online learning, adult learners must gain a certain skill level with the technology (hardware, software, associated equipment, chat rooms). Outdated or unstable technology is a barrier that causes frustration and anxiety for online students.
Some Thoughts From Dr. Patti.
Finding balance in your life can seem impossible when life is so crazy. There is never enough time in a day. While writing my dissertation, I found it hard to balance, work, college, and family life. Learning to balance your projects and priorities are different for everyone. You have to find things that work for you.