Learning From Yuri Kochiyama

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The world recently lost Yuri Kochiyama, human rights activist and survivor of U.S. sanctioned Japanese internment camps. In a recent blog post on Edutopia, José Vilson writes in her memory in reminding us that we all play a part in the betterment of the human experience. He writes, “We need to consistently talk about what would help people feel included, whether in our school or in our lives.”

His suggestions for doing so are fairly straightforward, yet in practice much more difficult. His first suggestion is to “keep both ears open.” By this he means to listen to what are friends and colleagues are saying and taking time to process their communication before responding. Being heard is powerful, but so is being able to hear. The next suggestion Vilson offers is “diversity of thought and experience.” He argues that diversity is more than just the obvious, but also includes the experiences we bring to each project, classroom, and situation we encounter.

Vilson’s final suggestion is “voice is an agency.” Here he brings this piece back to the powerful activist work of Yuri Kochiyama, who used her voice to advocate for the civil rights of Japanese Americans, and all those oppressed by systems of power and privilege.

D, the Newest Programming Language

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There are hundreds of languages spoken around the world, but some of the most unintuitive forms of communication are not meant to be uttered; rather, they live exclusively online. Programming languages, to the novice viewer, appear to be more like mystical incantations instead of functional code. Fortunately for those who can discern these lines of tags, commands, and echo loops, a fortuitous and lucrative future awaits.

And some programmers are not interested in relying on conventional languages. Get acquainted with D, a new programming language that’s catching on in a big way. How big? Facebook is beginning to implement D into their already-written C++.

Let the typing begin.

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Adaptation in the Job Market

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Adaptability is an indispensable quality, ubiquitous in the most successful organisms. One can recognize an adaptable individual, creature, meme, or idea; after all, to still remain relevant, the subject must adapt to its surroundings.

Observing adaptation in its biological sense has been discerned and proven by science, but what about how evolution relates to one’s career? As the culture of work progresses, the necessity for workers to learn new skills increases dramatically. Particularly for writers, who deal with current issues and persuasive rhetoric every day. If you’re unsure how to stay competitive, read this insightful article on the subject of broadening your horizons and acquiring more work.

So, remain observant, writers! Stay ahead of the curve and don’t let yourself get left behind.

 

How to Succeed with Linkedin

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Social media connects us. After all, the premier attraction of social media outlets is how they let users meet people, share information, and learn new things. Websites like Facebook help individuals communicate on a variety of commonly-held interests; Instagram and Twitter promote the spread of pithy rhetoric and visuals through character limits and image-emphasis; niche sites like Goodreads and Bandsintown bring people together over their favorite books and music groups.

But what about professional connections, like the kind of relationships that encourage job growth, career planning, and resume building? No, Pintrest is not going to help you find a job at Boeing, but Linkedin will. Nearly three-hundred million people utilize Linkedin to establish their professional identity and commiserate with employers, professors, job seekers, and start-ups. All users of social media are encouraged to join Linkedin to help find their future dream job; yet even with all the transparency and usability, many find the website’s capabilities to be challenging.

Luckily for Linkedin users, the website’s CEO is here to help. Reid Hoffman has come up with six strategies with which new and experienced users can take advantage to improve their online identity. Elements of Hoffman’s recommendations include understanding the technology trends and discerning the customer’s needs and wants, among other useful tips.