Welcome to the “Ask Erica” column from Levo. As Levo’s Career Advice editor, I’ll be sharing some of my best tips and insider info with you. advertisement I started working at a big company this past April. I have a great job with big responsibilities and challenges, which I love. But I’ve just been granted a scholarship to study in Germany for my master’s degree. I know that I have many opportunities to grow in this company, and for my age, I think it’s a great accomplishment to be in the position I’m in. But studying overseas has been a goal of mine for a while. What should I do? Even though you’re happy with your current job, you applied to this program for a reason, right? It’s OK to love your job but still be curious about what other opportunities are out there—it’s how you learn and grow! What it sounds like to me is that you really want to study abroad, but you’re nervous about taking the … [Read more...] about Should I Quit My Job To Pursue A Grad Program Abroad?
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Not long after the 2008 financial crisis, I spoke to a group of freshly promoted U.S. Coast Guard admirals about the leadership challenges they’d be facing in their new roles. I asked them a question I pose to many of the leaders I work with: “How many of you are working someplace where you’re expected to do more with less?” Especially around those years, the answer was typically a resounding majority. advertisement advertisement But that day was different. “The situation we’re facing isn’t how to do more with less,” one admiral explained. “It’s how to do less with less.” The Coast Guard, he told me, had been strained for resources even before the financial crisis hit. Now, officers were being asked to make tough choices about how to provide crucial services. “We can’t be everywhere,” he conceded. That’s true not just for the Coast Guard but for leaders at just about every organization … [Read more...] about The Secret To Performing Well With Fewer Resources
If you’re trying to buy happiness, science has some clear advice: it’s better to spend money on an experience rather than the latest iPhone. New research suggests the same is true for gifts. If the goal is to make the recipient happy, you’ll have better luck with an experience. So why do most presents fit in boxes? advertisement advertisement There are several reasons experiences make people happier, whether it’s a gift or something you’ve bought for yourself. One issue is what researchers call adaptation: Whether it takes seconds or days, any excitement people feel about a shiny new toy tends to quickly fade away. “We adapt to material gifts faster,” says Joseph Goodman, an associate professor at Washington University who studies the effects of giving experiences as gifts. “Whereas experiences tend to be more exciting in the beginning, and we tend to take longer to adapt over time.” Experiences are also less likely to be … [Read more...] about Why It’s Better To Give Experiences, Not Things
Words shape design. Real words, not lorem ipsem, should form the ground-up basis for product design. This thought has been paraphrased on this site multiple times, by numerous contributors. Increasingly, the design community seemingly takes this truth to heart and has heartily paid lip service to the importance of “content” (words, the copy). I’ve read several articles written by designers who give sound advice on how to write good UI copy. Many of these pieces, like John Zeratsky’s piece on good interface writing, provide insightful tips on how to write better product copy. advertisement advertisement I read a recent piece published here, “Why Content Reigns Supreme in UX Design” with interest because I am a product content strategist at Airbnb embedded within a UX design team. I think content is not just pretty important, but the primary component of many user experiences. Unfortunately I could feel the collective groan of the UX writer … [Read more...] about Designers: Stop Asking Copywriters To “Punch Up” Your Work
Frank Lloyd Wright’s living laboratory in the Arizona desert, Taliesin West is one of the most revered architectural projects of the 20th century. Nearly 80 years old and in continuous use since its construction in 1937, the complex is certainly showing its age. To restore the building to its former luster, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hired Harboe Architects to forge a preservation strategy. advertisement advertisement Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home and a school until he died in 1959. Today, it operates as an architecture school. It perfectly illustrates the philosophy that drove Wright to design buildings which commune with and connect to their landscape. The architect channeled the desert’s rugged characteristics in low-slung structures built from boulders, adobe, and redwood beams. Built on a 160-acre site, the campus includes studios, living quarters for apprentices, classrooms, Wright’s office, communal spaces, a bookstore, and … [Read more...] about Restoration Of A Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece Is An Exercise In Detective Work