After a university education, many graduates still don’t know who they want to be when they grow up, just as the future will be full of derelict academics. The COVID-19 has exposed the university system and its management; it isn’t what it used to be.
Graduates are as confused as ever because they are repeatedly hearing:
- “Just go to university, and everything will make sense”.
- “There’s a magical land waiting for you, and it’s full of good jobs”.
- “If you want financial success and live a happy life, you better get a degree”.
On your way to getting a degree, many things will be said to you, which, more often than not, are not real anymore. Universities should be places of learning where you are encouraged to express and develop your ideas and skills, where career prospects are enhanced. You quickly find this is no longer the reality.
The key differences with the old and modern university revolve around an inclusive culture while learning practical, useful and helpful skills, not ideology and political correctness. You don’t learn how to run a successful business, or anything else overnight, or out of a book.
Most people going to university have minimal life experience, so there will be much difficult time until you can take control of your education and match it to the career you want.
There are many misconceptions to learn about universities.
- Perhaps no one told me most employers don’t care about your degree.
- You will go into debt to pay for it. Pay for what?
- You will probably finish the course and be non the wiser about your career path
- You can’t be successful without practical knowledge and experience.
- Lecturers are too busy to be good mentors
- Employers will probably have to reskill you to fit their job requirements.
How will you decide about the value of a university education?
Before deciding to go to university, there are simple questions you should ask;
- What would I like to do with my career?
- Who would employ me and would I like working for them?
- What’s the most valuable skill in the marketplace today?
- What are the education alternatives to university education?
- Am I prepared to finance my university days working in cafés?
- Should I get a ‘real job’ making money and grow my career from there?
- Should I start my own business instead and learn on the job?
We are amid great adversity right now with the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses are shutting down. People are losing jobs. Fear and stress knock on our doors. Things can look hopeless, feel hopeless, be hopeless.
What can you do to find hope when the end and outcome are unclear? I believe in the power of learning from practical people who have faced adversity and overcome. The difficulty isn’t new; we all face adversity in our lives. Right now, we all have a choice to make.
Use this time to take in new practical knowledge which will help you to build the best life you can for you and your family. Further useful information is the key to making a better future open up to you.
Key Message: Today, there are many options available for young people, older people too, so think carefully about your future education which will be critical in a successful career or business venture.
“Formal education will move you along, but practical education will build better outcomes for you and your community”. Peter Sergeant
“I find it amazing how we live in an age where information is so freely available, but few people see the huge contribution entrepreneurs, clustering and building the education ecosystems can make to actual outcomes”. Peter sergeant