Constructive criticism is a great way to learn and grow in your field–be it in the form of grades, performance reviews, or difficult conversations. Yes, it can be awkward and hard to swallow, but many times it’s something you need to hear. If you can learn to take it gracefully and implement it into your life, in the long run, it builds you up. Destructive criticism, however, tears you down. It’s “being critical of others in a demeaning, unconstructive way or seeking to control others’ behavior through intimidation.” Whether at school or in the workplace, it’s a terrible abuse of power. Inside Higher Ed has a great article on how to deal with it. If you can do it well, you may go far–or at least save your sanity. Read it here.
Mental health and emotions are fraught topics in academics and hiring. Your mental state affects not only performance and grades, but also how people perceive you–fairly or not. It can seem like a trap when disclosing mental illness might help, but then people judge you based on it. Continue reading Express Yourself
The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.
Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.
Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.
Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.
Being a professor can be hard and thankless, with a million tasks and projects to grade, not to mention paperwork out the wazoo. One professor writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a way to stay sane through it all: a Be Kind Portfolio. Fill it with reminders of all the good you’ve done throughout your academic career. Read more here.
…and others who just want to get the most out of their engineering school experience. Here are 21 things engineering students wished they knew when they started university.
Tips include: Remember to socialize; learn all that you can, even if you won’t ever use it; don’t limit yourself to learning engineering–and a big one–If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong place!
All of it is good life advice, with a smattering of professional advice sprinkled in. Read more here.