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Till the advent of the third millennium, the phrase ‘change is the only constant’ was merely a spiritual revelation. In the current times, it pervades all aspects of our lives and the speed of change is only getting faster, global and intense, by the day. Creative and critical thinking are the most valued faculties – professional and economic success is dependent of the ‘quantity and quality’ of individual curiosity.

Thus, ideally, companies/employers would want to seek and measure curiosity, what psychologists call “need for cognition”. Need for cognition (NFC) is a personality trait that shows the extent to which individuals are inclined towards self-driven, demanding cognitive developmental activities.

Most pertinently, getting through university is now just the easiest proxy for this sort of foundational skill (cognitive need), which helps explain why so many employers stipulate degrees for jobs which on the face of it do not require them – because “need for cognition” can’t be assessed.

It is too early to know whether traits such as curiosity can be taught. But it is becoming easier to turn individuals into more effective learners by making them more aware of their own thought processes

 

We will do the following –

Assess individual’s “need for cognition” – broad and specific

Model development of “need for cognition” – skills, resources, attitudes

Design curricula for “need for cognition” – broad and specific

Deliver on-demand assessment of “need for cognition”

Handhold development of “need for cognition”

 

Interesting finding -

An analysis of American wage growth by economists at the New York Federal Reserve showed that the bulk of earnings growth took place between the ages of 25 and 35; on average, after the age of 45 only the top 2% of lifetime earners see any earnings growth. For competitively wealthier position, professional competencies should honed to be in the 2% bracket – financial gains are substantial in professional success beyond the 30s!

 

Reference –

This write-up extensively draws from the much recommended reading of the special report on “Lifelong Education”, 14th January, 2017, in The Economist.