The Obsolescence Of Education
Everything you will learn in business school should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, some introductory classes spend considerable time proving a certain fundamental theory only to disprove it later. How lovely: you pay us thousands of dollars for an education so that at the end of the line, you can prove us wrong. Great business model! But aren't academic institutions non-profit enterprises? Of course not, so what are their purposes after all?
The first thing that an education teaches you is discipline. You thought that discipline was not eating that extra bar of chocolate or averting that miscellaneous temptation? You were wrong. Discipline is sitting on your tush for hours (bar stool notwithstanding folks) and listening to a professor go on and on. If you can do this on a consistent basis, then surely you have discipline.
The second thing that an education instills is responsibility. This is most ironic because one can miss a class and go undetected. In your career, missing a day will get noticed and often reprimanded. If discipline and responsibility were it however, why go to school when boot camp would do the trick? Surely we are missing the most important factor: learning.
Some of you may have never completed your education and are working in a particular field. Do you need to return to school? You may need to at some point, but not now, unless of course completing your degree is the ultimate goal.
Others may have completed studies in high technology sectors like engineering or computer science and now believe that a business education is the way to go. Is it? Well, being in school is not the goal in itself; learning is and should always be. So whether you are learning in your industry firsthand or seek to return to school, you are moving in the right direction as long as you are learning.
A third category of students find themselves in a specific field and ask themselves whether or not they have pursued the right path. Truth is that what you are studying is irrelevant if you are pushing the envelope and maximizing your own development. If you have a technical mind, majoring in computer science or engineering will further your career while majoring in liberal arts may help you present your ideas better. If you are creative, majoring in business may be great in marketing and commercializing your work, but it will not help you become a better artist per se.
A degree also pushes you to learn and expand your knowledge base. The top employers care even less about what you think you know. They want knowledgeable students that can learn now and fast. After all, they believe that their training is superior to your education anyway. The more you think you know, the less attractive you are as an employee.
Completing an education requires dedication, a sense of responsibility, hard work, discipline and an intellectual capacity to learn. This is also the DNA of a successful employee.
Titles and descriptions seldom do any justice – if you want a good idea of what some of the electives cover, either ask the teacher or an advisor. Find out if any of your classmates have taken the class and make your decision an informed one.
Taking a Year Off After College
At some point after having completed your degree, you will realize that you have a career to look forward to. Some of you may be less than hesitant to enter the proverbial rat race.
While some of these tips may seem obvious, students fail to use them. Not all of them may work for you but some may prove to be new, more streamlined ways of studying. You never know unless you try.
Student Exchange Programs: Travel the World
Find out as fast as you can about student exchange programs. These are usually offered to international business students but even if you minor in languages, you may have some great adventures in your future.
Paying Attention During Class Discussions
Business school is optimized in small classes where discussions, debates and exchanges can take place like they would in the real world. But with academic institutions forced to do more with less, some classes will be crowded.
Words in a sentence can be put in a different sequence to yield an entirely different question. The key here is to highlight with your pen or pencil the key question in the problem, what the unknown variable is and if applicable, how you are asked to solve it.
Eating Well in School
When in school, time, money and convenience are three of the main determinants of what we eat. While we would all love to eat like kings and queens, sometimes fast food is the easiest answer.
Eating Well in School Part 2
Raw spinach makes for a great salad. Seriously, all you have to do is take it, wash it, drain it, and then cut the excess stems.
Eating Well in School Part 3
Since this is a guide for business students and sushi is omnipresent in business, we will take a look at some of the basic definitions. Once you dive into the world of sushi, you will never leave.
College Life: Dating
Both men and women often make the mistake of coming across as a good friend and nothing more. You think you are getting close, but you are on the wrong level. Do you wish to be the person that they confide in when they are interested in someone else or do you wish to the source of their admiration?
Business School Trap
All disciplines serve to prepare you for life, but none comes close to Business. An amalgamation of every function, Business School provides a framework to not only identify the problem at hand, but solve it as well.
When attending a conference related to the area of expertise, there may be many opportunities to communicate with nationally known experts of the profession. When the professionals attend conferences, they will collect as many new contacts as they can.
Tougher Targets for Primary Schools
With government having raised its result targets, there are chances that hundreds of primary schools can be categorized as underperforming. According to David Laws education policy, the requirement of pupils doing well in math and English in these schools may be raised from 60% to 65% from next year.