September 30, 2016: Friday news roundup

Let’s skip the chit-chat and get straight to the good stuff. Here are a few articles we hope will give you food for thought this week.

The one question you should ask about every new job
People change jobs rather frequently these days. Each time we ask ourselves, will Company X be the right place for me? But we feel like we can never know the whole story til we get inside (and then maybe regret our decision). Assessing company culture when you’re on the outside is tricky, but this Wharton professor has some tips for figuring out what kind of organization you’re looking at.

Why you need to be outcome independent
First the bad news: rejection and failure are inevitable parts of life. But here’s the good news: if you become more flexible in your thinking, you can cope with those events, learn from them, and move on with confidence. That’s the crux of becoming outcome independent—recognizing the multitude of possibilities in our world and staying open to paths you may not have considered before.

5 design jobs that won’t exist in the future
More good news/bad news here. While some design roles will fade away, others will rise up and grow, according to the leaders and influencers quoted here. Design as we know it is changing with new technologies just like every other field of work. Jobs of the future will require designers to go beyond what they know today and get comfy creating for virtual and augmented reality as well as artificial intelligence and algorithms. Are you ready to be a post-industrial designer?

There is no right way to learn
A lot of very bright people don’t perform well in school. They may have dyslexia or ADHD or some other so-called “invisible disability.” This article describes experiences of several students who struggled or were dismissed as “stupid” until they found more thoughtful educators who recognized their potential to learn and achieve.

How to get better at dealing with change
This article overlaps a bit with the one about outcome independence and offers more suggestions for learning to go with the flow in a constantly changing world. Again, it’s all about mindset and being kinder to yourself during challenging times. Can you find humor in a tough situation or shift from an emotional response to a problem-solving attitude? Don’t beat yourself up for feeling stress and take the time to remember what’s really important in your life.