She knows you’re still thinking about grad school. Don’t do it!
Last year, we talked to Kio Stark: journalist, novelist, and NYU faculty member whose Kickstarter-funded book Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook to Learning Almost Anything gave our bank accounts new reason to smile. Partly inspired by her own experience as a PhD-dropout, Stark wrote a guide to independent learning, gathering tons of insights from successful self-taught pros. Of course, she didn’t stop with just the book, she’s still spreading the no-grad school gospel, and will continue her crusade with a party/teach-in tomorrow night at Studio-X in Manhattan. (more…)
Kio Stark thinks your grad school savings have better places to go. Like around the world.
In the middle of getting a PhD in American Studies, Kio Stark dropped out after she realized how much she could be learning on her own. Now, she’s one of the leading evangelists for independent learning and, perhaps ironically, an adjunct faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She is the author of Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Almost Anything, featuring interviews with successful independent learners like Cory Doctorow, Dan Sinker, and Quinn Norton. We spoke to her about how to DIY grad school, the growing recognition of self-education and what it takes to get a really awesome job right now. Spoiler! It’s not that piece of paper. You know. That one. (more…)
Whether you’re a future banker or book publisher, your career ladder is bound to start with an assistant-level position. That’s the go-to Gal or Guy Friday who’s responsible for making the boss look good, among other things.
With more people vying for scarce entry-level jobs, how do you edge out the growing competition? Start by being a black belt in office technologies like MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop and so on. Master them and future employers will be impressed by your slick-looking resume and imagine what wonders you can work for them. (more…)