I logged into wordpress today and it read:
4,618,706blogs, 143,340 new posts, 35,172,938 words today.
So….4,618,706 people have blogs today…and 143, 340 people are sharing their thoughts, questions, feelings, life….online…TODAY. And, this is something that really didn’t exist much over a year ago. Why is this important? Read on and I will tell you.
We had our first Alumni event on Wednesday night, It was GREAT to see the excitement at the event! What fun to watch as the alumni gathered in with hugs and happy shrieks to be seeing classmates they hadn’t seen in awhile. It was apparent that they had developed a bond during their time in the program, and have a lot of memories together.
The evening was spent socializing around food, and disucssing what it means to be working in the field of I/O psychology in times when the economy is shaky. They answered the question “What are organizations willing to pay for in these times?”I had expected the conversation to be a bit down, understanding that so many people in the country are struggling with making ends meet, and finding demand for their job. However, it turned into a fruitful brainstorming session surrounding how I/O psychologists can help corporations that are struggling today. It was interesting to hear the voices of graduates and faculty that are each working in different areas of I/O psychology, listen to their thoughts on where they fit in corporations, and how they can use the economic situation to their advantage. They all had great ideas, and were aware of the economic challenge they were facing but also understood how they as Industrial/Organizational Psychologist could make corporations more effiecient, stable, and profitable. I was really taken aback by the ideas, confidence, and critical thinking, while be honest about the challenges each of them are facing.
Dr. Collins showed a video that sparked a great conversation….DID YOU KNOW? I encourage anyone to watch it….because it will probably make you mind spin as it did mine.
This video was made in 2006, can you even imagine where things are now? Just think of facebook!?
After watching the video I think it is mind boggling to think of where our world is today….how we are all so interconnected through tecnology. While we are struggling economically and companies are cutting in places such as traveling for meetings, we can instead meet virtually and still accomplish what we need to. The world is moving faster than I think any of us realize, where will it be in five years? Ten years? Will we even recognize the transition? I can’t help but wonder if there will come a point when we are too technologiclly dependent, or if it will continue to advance us.
….and now I am pausing to think that I am writing about a university event through an online blog that has the capability of reaching people around the world, and this is a very normal part of life.
What do you think of all of this???
…What great conversations and thoughts from the evening. Alumni, it was GREAT to have you all there, and watch you connect and catch up. Can’t wait to see you all next time!
Just a thought….
Here are just a couple pictures from the event….check out the entire album on our site!