College Isn’t Job Training

For English Majors

         College isn’t job training.


I’ll probably be detained in an airport now for uttering such heresy, given that many college students think they’re preparing themselves for “careers” and colleges encourage them to think this.  It’s sad to consider it, really, because so many people, once they’re out of college and launched in these careers, spend a lot of time complaining about their jobs, their bosses, the commute, co-workers, deadlines, the company’s policies, salaries and all the rest.  It’s sort of terrible to consider that college skills training is preparing you for a career you can spend the rest of your life complaining about.


          Of course there’s more to complain about these days—lack of jobs, the promise of instability, the increasingly unlikely prospect of home ownership.  Depending on your outlook, these may seem like the least of our future problems.  A college education…

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What Literate English Majors Can Do for Project Management

For English Majors

            I was asked recently to review a new book about project management (as if what the world needs is another book about project management; the PM bookshelves shelves runneth over as it is).  However, I agreed and have been happily surprised to find this book is competently written—literate, well-organized, nicely expressed—by someone who knows what he’s talking about. 

            I’m not planning to tip my hand here and tell you what book it is, who it’s by and what I really think beyond that first impression.  I’ll save that for the finished product which you’ll be able to read on before long.

            I will tell you, however, that the voice of experience who wrote this book on project management repeatedly makes a point that project managers are all-too-familiar with and English majors ought to be more familiar with, and that is this:  What goes wrong on projects…

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