There is a famous Saturday Night Live clip with alumni and actors like Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken. Watch below:
The catchphrase “more cowbell” became cultural zeitgeist in the early 21st century. Pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter, pre-Kardashians. It became part of my vocabulary, randomly dropped into conversations with friends during the heady days of high school. Yep. I was still in high school when this sketch aired.
Gotta have more passion?
At a recent conference in Melbourne hosted by Monash University and the Australian Council for International Development, I had the privilege of being part of the closing plenary (in addition to WhyDev co-hosting and organising a Student Forum). My focus was on the next generation of development practitioner and higher education.
I suggested, among other things, that we don’t really know what we want from graduates in terms of attributes, competencies and employability. In particular, I have a gripe with “passion,” which was highlighted at this year’s Devex Career Forum. When a panel was asked what the sector is looking for in talent, one of the top two attributes identified was…passion.
I’m not convinced that passion is a key attribute that we should be looking for in graduates and job applicants. But, I’m willing to be convinced otherwise or have my bias reinforced.
So, I have a simple question that I would like to crowdsource:
Featured image shows stones stamped with “passion.” Photo from DeviantArt.
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