The projects I hated most in middle school and high school involved "current events". We had to cut out an article and research in detail what was going on in that area. I did this often, and never understood at the time why this was important.

Fast forward a number of years: I read the paper regularly and am advised of national, local, and state news. I read many articles/blogs/books about my industry. I have been quoted as a subject matter expert because of my vast knowledge of the employment arena, both on a national and local level. I am aware of employment and unemployment trends, fair market value for salaries, and have extensive resources on how to rapidly find information.

Moments ago, I spoke with a student who graduated in Healthcare Management. She had no understanding of last week's healthcare reform bill that the Supreme Court had passed. She had not heard of Occupy Wall Street. I advised her that in order to be a good manager and employee, she needs to be aware of what is going on in the local market.

I am now grateful for those current events projects, because they taught me the importance of gaining knowledge of what is going on around you. Be a subject matter expert. Add value to your employer or potential employer!
 


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Fadoua
07/20/2012 4:46pm

No offend to anyone here, I was surprised when one of my previous supervisors asked if Morocco was by Iraq?!!!!
If people don't have time to go to the library, internet has all kind of information. Just google it, bing it, whaterver but keep yourself up to date.

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Get Hired and Beyond
07/23/2012 4:09pm

I am not sure whether to laugh or cry in response!

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