Understanding the Skills Learned in College For students who are going through the college experience, there are doubtlessly some aspects of it that prove to be a bit confusing when viewed from a real world perspective. Many students wonder about some of the tasks that they are required to do in school, questioning their worth and application in the real world. It is a common enough issue. After all, we all like to feel like we are learning in a very direct way and that we are getting our money’s worth when we attend school. Therefore, questions like these are positive to have from a critical thinking standpoint. Will My Degree Benefit Me? These are common concerns due to the fact that while some parts of college may seem straightforward, other aspects may not. For example, a student of a business management degree may well understand the teaching of economics and management while wondering why they have been tasked with group work on the side. It takes time to fully understand this concept, but the fact of the matter is that everything in college serves its purpose. Even in laser focused programs which prioritize getting students on their way to careers, there often will exist aspects that students do not fully understand or appreciate. Many people feel that attending college is about leaning very specific information, getting certified and building skills in a certain field, and then graduating. The truth of the matter is that every part of this experience, both pleasant and not, serves to prepare people for their future careers. College Homework Let us look at homework as an example. Homework is not just assigned to give people busy work and to prepare them for tests. Homework (done correctly) helps people to learn information in a concrete way and to develop initiative and responsibility when it comes to work given. Nearly all careers will provide people with deadlines and projects which need to be met by a certain time while also meeting a certain standard of quality. Another good example to look at is group work. Many professors will group students together for group work in their on campus classes, and then will assign some kind of project to be completed. Students are often reluctant to embrace such work, since it involves creating some kind of ad hoc hierarchy, creating schedules, and assigning responsibilities. This arrangement forces individuals to come up with structure without the direction of their professor. Do My Grades Matter? Many people do not care for the fact that their grade will be somewhat dependent on others, and that the work involves others. However, this is a perfect analogue for working with others in the real world job market. There are going to be times where work relies on people working together to meet a common goal. There will be a need for leadership and direction, as well as a need to fall in line and complete task as asked. These kinds of skills are taught through the course material in college. As such, it is important to keep an eye out for lessons being learned along with stated material.
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