Have a college diploma and be among the high-flyers
You go out to try stake a claim on some kind of life and you say, oh a lot of opportunities there are indeed and they are sauntering about in their suits, stilettos and sweet smiles. Some come in their flashy cars bringing flashy gadgets. They make you drool and issue wishes in the air. Opportunities clad in different wondrous garbs come and wheeze by and you are left stuck in your place – definitely not going anywhere. You wish you had that degree, that certificate, that diploma. You wish you had studied better or taken the time to learn a skill. And oh how you wish you simply had the time and energy to go back to “school.” Isn’t it rather too late now? I’m already quite old and I have my job and one and many other tasks, you almost weep.
Question: Go out with friends this weekend?
Me: Well, I have another idea.
When your weekdays are all work, responsibilities, and obligations, being very lazy with your downtime on weekends is never a waste of time. Well, it is but it is time well wasted. Forgetting all for an immersion in books, movies, and music may be a total waste of time but they should top your list of absolute must-do’s.
You can even forget shopping or hitting the clubs with your so-called friends. Have absolute alone time with yourself!
Not your jam? You’ll definitely change your mind after giving it a try.
Let’s get a life or something kinda like it !
Is this you, my friend – a bum extraordinaire?
Now, what do you do when you are – well, let’s face it, indeed a bum! Or has indeed become a bum? Contrary to the popular belief, being (or becoming) a bum is a highly complex and complicated position in life anyone ever has to take or accept. While some seem to totally enjoy being a bum, having chosen that position over many other more viable ones, to most other bums, that position is actually forced on them. It could be by sickness or other disabilities, by recession or lack of job opportunities, by the equally potent lack of knowledge and skills, and even by the lack of a good family upbringing.
Learning a skill or getting knowledge is not really that far-fetched of an idea however far behind you think you are!
Get a piece of the pie in the job market
Now, let me go back to a post I have here. I said that if we wanted to get a piece of the pie in the job market, we would have to get some “education” somewhere or learn a skill. Never has that component ever been more urgent. In the Philippines, the skills and knowledge divide is actually quite big. Many, especially the city dwellers and those who have jobs are now getting more adept at evolving with the fast changing technological landscape. And all these technological innovations have always managed to influence how businesses are done or run and even how people live.
First, what is a language for?
Communication. Language gives us the facility to communicate anything to anyone we want to. Gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, and the other forms of non-verbal communication may do the trick. They can be quite tricky though, to say the least. We all know about giving or receiving mixed signals – a real tricky situation, isn’t it?
For starters, even the smartest guy in the world doesn’t have all the millions of words in the dictionary at his swift disposal. The academic and the well-read can have only upwards of 60,000-80,000 words in his vocabulary bank. Most function with just a few thousands.
Where does this leave us? Rather, what does this mean to us, regular, average-minded folks?