Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Jason Rosoff:

Your Reputation Creates the Way You Will Learn — A Social Media Project that Tests the Reputation Graph

Credit to Jon Bischke who has really been the vanguard in reputation graph thinking. This series is dedicated to him.

Here’s one of the first interviews we’ve received in a social media project to track what people think about education and their careers. Your reputation online will model your ability to learn and to teach others, as people turn increasingly to the online space for their information, social networking and education. So, let’s get to know the people who will teach each other.

Douglas: Can you think of a single skill you learned in K12 that you use today in a way that has made you feel successful in business or in your career, in general? What is it and why has it helped?

Jason: Multitasking. Even though it was at a different level, from 6th grade on I was involved in too many activities, but still maintained good grades and had a healthy social life. It has helped me to not crack under the pressures of work through a good balance of work and play.

Douglas: What do you think will be a defining trend in education innovation in the next ten years?
Jason: Tablet technology.  Because the Internet is being implemented more and more in education the tablet will be the easy to carry all useful education tool.
Douglas: What have you learned in your engagement in social media that has helped you in your current career?
Jason: It has opened me to a whole new perspective of networking.  Now you can interact with so many people that you probably wouldn’t have had a chance to communicate with otherwise.
Douglas: Can you describe a transformative experience you have had that was brought on by engaging with others in the digital media space?
Jason: I read a blog post of Deirdre Breakenridge that really spoke to me in reference to my job at the time. I had never commented on her blog before.  She immediately wrote me back and wrote such encouraging and inspiring words.  I was shocked that someone of such stature would take time out to communicate with me.  It not only lifted my spirits but inspired me to work harder to find where I belonged in my career.
Douglas: If you were to hire someone for a job in your current career today, what would you expect that person to know how to do immediately? Does the current education system from which you pull your talent offer this kind of training, or do you feel that it is training you have to offer your new hires?

Jason: I really don’t know.  I am so deep in the job search now that I am going back and forth thinking of the skills that I think I needed to get those jobs.  Since my current career is out of my education field all I can say is that I wish there had been more networking, job search, bill paying, tax refund, real life scenario classes. Hard Knocks all the way.


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