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Can Critical Thinking Advance Your Career?

The information era just whizzed past and today, we have entered the age of ‘innovation’. Thus work-wise it is not enough to be educationally qualified but to be a thinker, more specifically a critical thinker.

What is a critical thinking?

Here’s a quote that might help you understand the concept.

…”Critical thinking is best understood as the ability of thinkers to take charge of their own thinking. This requires that they develop sound criteria and standards for analyzing and assessing their own thinking and routinely use those criteria and standards to improve its quality. "
Elder , L. and Paul, R. "Critical thinking: why we must transform our teaching." Journal of Developmental Education, Fall 1994.”…

It’s not enough to absorb information, but also to be able to analyse and assimilate it. In the real world, your job is much more than an exam and you will need to absorb, analyse and assimilate the information that comes to you.

How do I become a critical thinker?

Here are some ways to get yourself to think critically…
- If you are participating in a debate or argument, don’t get emotional.
- Instead, try to think logically. Assess the statements and arguments presented by others before raising your voice.
If there is something you do not understand, be honest and admit it. This is the first step to becoming more knowledgeable, in your job as well as in your personal life.

Are you curious? If not try to be so. How else will you enhance your knowledge base? Read, interact and keep learning even after you finish your education.

When faced with a problem, try to find new solutions rather than merely sticking to what is already tested and tried. Think ‘innovation’.

Want more tips on how to hone your critical thinking skills?
• You should be able to separate fact from fiction, in other words get rid of personal biases when solving a problem.
• Listen carefully before giving an answer or feedback to others.
• Don’t make a judgment before you have absolutely all the facts in hand.
• Try to find any evidence to support an assumption.
• Be open to a change of opinion when you uncover new facts. In other words your mind and attitude should be flexible. Rigidity is a thing of the past.
• Always look for proof before believing what someone tells you. Don't take everything at face value.
• Scrutinize a problem very closely, especially if you are solving a very complex one.
 


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