It is that time of year when the graduation caps fly and parents sit in crowded auditoriums waiting to hear their graduate’s name called. The cliché phrase often uttered by students and graduates is, “I will never use that in the real world!” It is true that most vocations will never require anyone to “complete the square” or use geometrical proofs from high school. Even as an engineer, I may never have to compute a triple integral by hand again. This does not mean that learning those things was unnecessary, because it led to the development of more important skills. The critical thinking and complex reasoning skills that I developed because of those proofs and integrals are tools that I use every day.
Find out in this month's technical toolbox why you DO use all that education, just maybe not in ways you thought!