~16 min read · Apr 14th · A conversation with a Harvard career advisor on what you need to know to successfully begin your career.
At the same time, for those who may be a little bit more soft-spoken who may not feel fully integrated into the team, it’s also important to know when others expect you to be in leader mode. When you yourself might still think that you’re in learner mode. In which case, you might be staying quiet in meetings where people expect you to be speaking up. So being mindful of which of these two modes you’re in can help inform how you should be conducting yourself in meetings and alongside your coworkers.
step one is to show that you can do your core tasks well. And then once you get to that point, signing up for more responsibilities where you’re asking questions like, “How can I be helpful? Is there anything I can do to be helpful?” Or even better, “Would it be helpful if I did X?” Where X is a certain task, a certain problem that you’ve identified, and that you’d like to take on, and that can expand your scope of responsibilities, and that may not necessarily have been assigned to you upfront.
What are the top priorities of your manager, your manager’s manager, your CEO? The more that you know what matters to those who matter, the more you can pick up assignments, and volunteer for assignments, or even propose assignments that matter. And the more that you can align yourself with work that matters, the more you will matter. And the more you matter, the more your organization will be compelled to invest in your career and your promotion.
5 min read · Jun 29th · Recent research on Danish shows that not only is it hard for Danish children to learn their mother tongue, but adult Danes use their native language differently than speakers of other languages.
There has been a longstanding debate within the language sciences about whether all languages are similarly complex and whether this might affect how people’s brains learn and process language. Our discovery about Danish challenges the idea that all native languages are equally easy to learn and use. Indeed, learning different languages from birth may lead to distinct and separate ways of processing those languages.
Many current interventions meant to support language recovery are based on studies in one language, usually English. Researchers assume that these interventions would apply in the same way to individuals speaking other languages. However, if languages vary substantially in the way they’re learned and processed, an intervention that might work for one language might not work as well for another.