Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blogging is the new Graduate School

I'm not the only one getting an informal master's degree out here.

In a guest post on the Brazen Careerist, Ryan Healy writes, "maybe blogging is the new graduate school."

Twentysomething: Blogging is the new Graduate School

It’s ironic, though, because blogging is a way to deal with the biggest problem at the beginning of one’s career: No expertise. If you offer intelligent opinions or advice on a credible blog, then you are an expert. This is why more young people should blog. If you have a focused blog, then you can jump from job to job and learn many skills, but the constant will be that you are an expert in whatever area you choose to research and write about.

Now I'm not at the beginning of my career and I'd like to think that I have some expertise...if but a little. But I do see my knowledge growing along with my expertise the more I partake of this beautiful blogging world.

Dan Roddy has gone off on a cognitive load theory research stint lately. It feels like some of us are moving in the same streams. Or perhaps that a pebble thrown in one place produces ripples in lots of ponds. Knowledge is viral.


Jennifer Maddrell said...

Informal personal learning at its best ... and professional development / networking, too ... maybe there will be a day when you can post your informal online "accomplishments" on your resume and not get goofy looks :)

Cammy Bean said...

It's happening now, to a certain degree. With employers Google-searching potential employees, those informal online 'accomplishments' are already being reviewed and considered as part of the complete package. So I wonder if people will have to start getting more pre-emptive -- describing those online accomplishments (and perhaps justifying some of them?).

Thanks for the comments!