Open arms and inboxes

A new study out of Virginia Tech brings scientific proof to what many people likely knew instinctively—the expectation of checking work email after hours is harmful to the health not just of the workers, but also their families. What’s particularly noteworthy is that the expectation alone creates those problems, independently of whether the employee engages […]

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If every day were the first day of school

My social media feed is starting to fill up with “first day of school” photos from fellow parents, along with the appropriate sentiments. Kids posed—some more enthusiastically than others–on the doorstep or outside the car or even on the school grounds, sometimes with a sibling or two. They all had their first day of school documented proudly […]

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On doing less

The 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall includes a memorable cameo by Paul Rudd as Kunu, a zany surf instructor who repeatedly dishes out just one instruction: “Do less.” Wacky as the character may have been, there’s a lot of evidence that doing less is the key to success. It doesn’t work if you do nothing, […]

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Who needs a career plan?

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, participated on a panel in front of college students and was asked, “What should my 5-10-year career plan look like?” She responded that a student shouldn’t have a 5-10-year career plan, and relayed that if she had followed a set career plan, she never would have ended up in tech […]

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Questions to (repeatedly) ask colleges

This February 2017 post from the Georgia Tech admissions blog about potential questions for students to ask colleges does two things I haven’t seen done well (or even at all) before: 1. The questions seek information students might actually want to learn about. 2. They recommend students ask the questions more than once to different […]

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Worthy goals

Students, you’ve still got some summer left to enjoy before you dive back into school. But if you’re starting to think about goals for this year, consider focusing less on measures of your performance, like “I want to get a 4.0 GPA,” and more on measures of your effort, behavior, health, or character. Here are […]

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Five tips to presenting well online

For students applying to college—and even more so for adults navigating the professional world—interactions are increasingly taking place online. You might be interviewed over Skype. You might be asked to create a video to share more about yourself. You might participate in meetings or deliver a webinar or present your new proposal to a team. […]

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