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  • 3 August 2020
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Hi, I’m Brandi and I’m from North Carolina. I work in a large region of the state as a liaison between workforce development, education, industry and community agencies around the goal of identifying and developing career pathways towards highly skilled, sustainable careers in high-demand industries within our region.

I’m currently taking the Science of Well-being as my first course on this platform.  I am especially interested in topics around community collaboration, networking, resource-sharing and asset-mapping.

I have been in various roles in the field of workforce for more than a decade, and am always happy to offer advice on career moves, interview skills and other job keeping/job keeping skills.




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Hi Brandi. I seem to know that Entrepreneurial skills are part of school education in the US, that there is a strong (Dewey) accent on labs, projects, rather than on a theoretical approach, and on taking on one's own passions, turning them in the job that really represents personal talents. 

Do I have too a romantical view on this? 

Years and years of self analysis have uncovered me that we (more or less) grow up with a mind pattern called Prize-Punishment which is perfectly mirrored by patriarcal religions, where our personal safety is always in the hands of someone else, which grows us up like babies who fear challenging the borders of the kindergarten, feeding anxiety, individualism and discrimination. Competition.

So as I'm trying to change this mind and transform it in a creative attitude, I see I pathetically lack of initiative and self-entrepreneurship, yet being a lover of independent roles. But only when receiving orders for so. 

Ironically, I still play my stereotype in society, an artist, someone who doesn't conceive "a final success" but always needs new projects; but is too abstract a person to really set an Emancipation. 

Really feel I lack the right circuits in my brain.

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I think your concept of how education influences career path in the US is probably true in some areas, but certainly not all.  We are working in my region to connect all the dots in order to better help students and parents, as well as employers, teachers and community workers, recognize the connections and better understand the career development cycle.

It’s also important to understand that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and that some are more well-suited to certain roles than others.  Understanding this can help us choose roles that work better with our personalities and interests, and to ask for benefits or perks that would help us to work more efficiently and effectively. 

Society has a way of trying to put us in boxes, but most people don’t actually fit inside of those boxes. There are finally a lot of companies out there who are noticing this and offering opportunities for their employees to have better work-life balance while utilizing their strengths in unconventional ways. 

I’m sure you have all the right circuits in your brain, and I hope that you will spend some time thinking about how your interests and abilities can be best utilized in a role. Then go for it!

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Hi @Brettsma02 , my idea of teaching often refers to border cases, people from outskirts who undergo social troubles and are destined to broaden the unqualified sector,  but I think there's not great difference by the educational point of view, with those who even in comfortable conditions, still are caged in familiar conditioning, as their path has already been written.

I think teachers should interfere the less they can with children's attitude to game, and be able to guide them in finding more informations. Actually our world is always but a "model" of the world, so if we teach by simulations and we let personal talents emerge, we will obtain a high diversity, which is the best thing in a society.