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The Showdown: Book Smart vs. Street Smart

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It’s a battle of common sense vs. learned intelligence of duh vs. education of practicality vs. theory. It’s street smart vs. book smart!

This argument has waged its subtle war for many years now and no matter whom you ask, there’s never a clear victor and there probably will never be. But, that won’t stop us from comparing these two arch enemies anyway. So, here we go…

Being street smart means that you have situational awareness – you can assess the environment you are in, who is in it and what the available outcomes are. Having street smarts requires that no matter what kind of pickle you’re in, you’ve learned to trust your own judgment about people and what matters most to you. It’s not something that you can learn from a book, it’s something you learn from personal experience.

Through you’re learned experience, you’ve taken what has happened to you – maybe good, maybe not so good – thought about it, and improved upon it. The biggest conflict between book smart and street smart is the player involved. On the street, you’re the star of the show, but in a book you’re trying to absorb someone else’s experience into your own and as a result you’re one step removed from the actual situation.

When you think about it though, our first experience of something new is usually drawn from previous knowledge like from a book. For example, your car blows a tire for the first time at night on the highway. What do you do? Well, you’ve learned from books (driver’s education) or from your parents how to change a tire, right? That is book smart. However, it’s the method you choose to use when replacing the tire that distinguishes whether you’re book smart or street smart. If you decide to change your car’s tire on the shoulder at night while cars are zinging by you, then you’re lacking a substantial amount of street smarts. Why? Because you might get ran over at any second. Someone with street smarts would eliminate that risk by assessing the situation. As a result, rolling the car further off the shoulder towards the ditch to replace the tire or calling road side assistance would be the street smart thing to do.

Book smarts tend to relate to someone who is good at following the rules. They process knowledge they’ve learned from a secondary source and apply it to their given situation. They like things to have singular right answers, making the decision simple and straight forward.

Overall, the hat seems to tilt slightly towards street smarts but that’s not to say that book smarts are irrelevant. Think about this scenario. Someone could learn to work on a car through trial and error or by watching another – gaining street smart experience. However, in that same scenario a different person might read an automotive magazine everyday and already have a good knowledge of what to fix on the car before they even pop open the hood. Not sure where all these car examples are coming from, but you get the idea.

As a result, there’s no clear victor in the battle between street smart vs. book smart. They both have their benefits and as a result it’s best to possess each of them. Unfortunately, that’s much easier said than done!

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Facebook and College Admissions

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The global conversation about Facebook continues to be strong, as many still have questions about the privacy that the website offers. Facebook has easily become a part of the everyday lives of hundreds of millions of people, and continues to garner global media attention. “The Social Network”, a movie about the formation of Facebook, has simply pushed this conversation further.

When people think about Facebook, they think about the connections that are made and the simple communication offered by the website. They often fail to think about Facebook and college recruiting and Facebook and college applications. What is the connection between Facebook and college admissions and Facebook and college applications? These colleges can go on Facebook and see what applicants are doing. If there are some things on the profile page that do not gel with the image or foundation of the school, the applicant may be passed over.

Facebook and college recruiting and Facebook and college applications aside, Facebook has become a strong tool for universities around the globe. Facebook helps to bring the student body of the school together, informing them of school events in the quickest way possible. Students in career colleges often use Facebook to connect with classmates and student organizations – students become more involved with their peers and with their schools partly because of the connections provided by Facebook. Suddenly, students in technical schools have a simple way to contact a classmate about studying for a test or to learn about an interesting student organization.

Facebook continues to be a strong presence long after students graduate from college. Facebook provides an incredible networking platform, allowing students to connect with industry peers. Job openings can be posted as events on the website, helping to inform anyone in the industry about a possible career opening. Students who have been proficient in Facebook throughout college will find that they can use it as a tool for their job search after college.  Through networking with their friends and friends of friends – it can be very helpful in looking for job prospects.

Facebook is strong and will continue to be a force in the world of social media, as highlighted by “The Social Network”. The world will continue to find new and exciting ways to use Facebook, helping them to pursue colleges, stronger college experiences, and careers.  As it becomes more and more popular colleges will begin to work with Facebook a lot more.  Don’t let something you put on your Facebook page ruin your college admissions.
Did you ever have a picture or a post almost ruin an opportunity because of something found on Facebook?

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iPad Mania and Your Future…

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Watch an iPad being disassembled. Then watch your tech career take off with tablet mania.

Are you a gear head who likes to take things apart and put them back together? Sit back and watch as the tech wizards at TechRestore disassemble an Apple iPad. TS-78522514

3 minutes and 24 seconds later, contemplate your tech career future. If you’re into computers and technology, you can’t ignore the growth in mobile devices, like tablets and smart phones.

According to Wall Street Journal reports coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show last July, sales for tablets are expected to grow by double-digit percentages through 2014. Yikes! We haven’t seen tablets take on this much importance since Moses.

Planning to visit Best Buy for your holiday shopping? The retailer plans to showcase the Apple iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, as well as create motion-sensing gaming areas.

Consumer demand for tablets, phones and other mobile devices creates opportunities for well trained tech professionals as an ipad repair technicians. Do you have what it takes? Not yet but everything you need is here for the tech training you need—the school, the program and the location that’s convenient to you.


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