My daughter took four years of Ancient Greek in high school. We often had a phrase around our house if we had no idea of the answer to a question, we would chuckle and say “I don't know, it's Greek to me!” Today, one can no longer pull the “it's Greek-to-me” card.
If you are not aware of a MOOC you need to be. Same with SEO, SEM, “Big Data”, Social media tools Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and lastly but most importantly: coding. A recent WSJ article by Kirk McDonald entitled “Sorry College Grad, I Probably Won't Hire You” encourages college grads to take ownership of their continued knowledge base. I couldn't agree with him more! “Teach yourself just enough of the grammar and the computer logic of computer languages to be able to see the big picture.”
I am obsessed with “staying current”. Always have been. And now, with the speed of technology the race is getting faster and faster. So what to do?
Do. That's the answer. Do.
Make a pact with yourself. Do NOT let technology be something to watch from the sidelines. TRY. Engage. Learn. Make a pact with yourself. I am. This summer I hoped to learn some coding from Codecademy but didn't get to it…so now I am in a Skillcrush program. Maybe I'll take another Coursera class down the road. Free online. If I am a really good mom (or bad?) I will require the same of my five children, regardless of age. WHY? Because today it's no longer college; it's knowledge. It's what you know, not where you go. Knowledge is your currency.
Knowledge As A Currency = KNAAC.
Don't let it be Greek to you.
Gieriet Bowen has her finger on the pulse of digital and start-up businesses, with a particular interest in those Chicago-based. She is Co-Founder of Up n Running, (‘a community of lifelong learners keeping you in the know and taking the intimidation out of technology.'); and an advisor to several digital start-ups, one of which, The Licorice Project, serves the breast cancer patient, her family and friends. Gieriet can be found on: Twitter @gieriet, or her blog ConnectedChicagoMom, business loving mom making connections on and offline.
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