Want to Get Better? Then Get Smarter.

So, I’m teaching now. I got a job as an adjunct professor in the communications department at Columbus State University.

I sat in the unemployment office three years ago, feeling like somebody just hit me with a baseball bat. The counselor conducting the seminar opened with,”One of the best things you can do if  you find yourself without a job is to go back to school. Learn a new trade. Take on something you think you cannot do.”

So I did.

After two semesters in undergrad and five in grad school at the University of Memphis, I am retrained and productive. And I could not have done it without help…excellent professors, unemployment benefits, and student loans. Those who curse the government for what it “gives” people can put your comments where the sun doesn’t shine.

This situation was not totally imposed upon me. I chose this journey.

I chose not to accept a job with the company that bought the newspaper group for which I worked. I chose not to take less than minimum wage to do a job that required maximum output of energy and time. I chose to make a career change the year I turned 60.

Am I writing this in order to receive accolades? Absolutely not. I am writing this because I am convinced that retraining and educating are how we put folks back to work and make employed workers more productive and more efficient. Companies and businesses that wish to grow and sustain that growth must pay their employees what they are worth and invest in educating them.

Why? Because the world has changed. The digital revolution has impacted how we communicate, how we market goods and services, how we educate, how we entertain, and how we govern. Displaced workers who lost their jobs as a result of the 2007 economic collapse must retrain. The workplace is different. And the gainfully employed must take advantage of every educational opportunity their employers offer. There is someone with more qualifications just waiting to take your place.

Nothing will lift up our communities, our states, our country, and our world like education will. Guns won’t do it, armies won’t do it, wealth won’t do it, exclusivity won’t do it, anger won’t do it, and religion won’t do it.

Getting smarter will do it.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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5 Responses to Want to Get Better? Then Get Smarter.

  1. llewis01 says:

    Well said – people need to take responsibility and not wait for someone else to do it for them. So proud of you!

  2. Judy Jenks says:

    Right on, Pam. An excellent statement about making our country stronger economically and educationally. Thanks for sharing your good thoughts.

  3. I agree with you, Pam! I love seeing people pick up a disaster in their work- Dust themselves off and fight back and not give up!! Woe is me, has never changed solved any problems ! You stood up, dusted yourself off , improved your workplace education, looked to your future and with a positive mine set ;change with the world and is now == Professer Pam Avery!!! I am Proud and know your family is too! God Bless you!!!

  4. Why thanks Ronald…I appreciate it. It’s been a great voyage.

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