Some will say our post secondary institutions do a good job at preparing students for the world; however, there are critics including Freedom in Thought who believe some specific skills are not being taught, including critical thinking.
According to Freedom for Thought’s video, there are two types of thinkers — Critical Thinkers and Passive Thinkers — and it’s the critical thinkers who are most able to think rationally and succeed as a leader or teammate. Furthermore, the video argues that these thinkers are more creative and able to learn better.
IT contractors are constantly working in teams, leading others, and solving multiple problems, so critical thinking would naturally be a valuable skill in this field. Do you think you can improve yours?
When clients engage an independent contractor for their tech projects, they’re often seeking an IT professional who can think outside of the box and move in a direction that hadn’t yet been considered. That could be innovating a brand new solution, but more often, it means troubleshooting small problems and solving them in new, efficient ways. In the end, they want somebody who can think critically on their team.
How are your critical thinking skills? Have you put much work into improving them, or at least testing yourself to see how much improvement they need? Because we can all use some improvement in this area, and critical thinking is a huge differentiator between alright IT contractors and exceptional IT contractors, here’s a video from TED-Ed with five tips to improve your critical thinking.
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