“While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.” – Ray Kroc (1902)
It is so unfortunate that we have continued to live by the same rules in this age. Things have changed. Everything is changing. But our ‘Formal Education’ system has not changed. We use the same curriculum, same teaching materials and teaching methods.
Before now we were talking about unemployment, now we are talking about unemployability. Companies now realize that four plus X years of tertiary education, irrespective of the grades acquired, does not still fully prepare young people for the labor market. Yet, the system that produces such poor quality manpower has not been changed.
Well, I don’t intend to waste all the time looking at the ills in our educational system. I only want to pass a message across to fresh graduates. If you are one, congratulations!. But this is no time to party around. You have entered a new phase of your life that your years of formal education have not adequately prepared you for. There are new rules you must learn or you would be grounded. I will try to help you out a little. Here are seven principles that will help you maximize this season.
1. They say life is a journey. Actually, the real journey begins after school, and sometimes it could be rough. So be prepared for challenges.
2. Don’t wait till you are told that you are no longer entitled to allowances or pocket money. By now, you should be able to take care of yourself. Or at least, try to.
3. Eventually, you will leave school with only two or three friends. The remaining are classmates (or school mates). Learn to differentiate the two. By the way, everyone has his/her own calendar, so never compare yourself with anyone.
4. Your parents must have told you: Go to school, get good grades so you can get a good job. Sorry, that is old school. It will do you a lot of good to get some business sense and learn how to create additional streams of income so you don’t get hooked in the rat race.
5. You have just graduated from the U-ni-ver-sity, but learning never stops. Don’t be surprised if the bulk of your learning falls outside your course of study. And if you do not know how to read good books, you are already outdated.
6. In case you don’t know, certificate is common everywhere. Have you thought of the number of people who read your course and are also graduating this year from various institutions across the globe? The distinguishing factor is your Vision and what you have in your brain.
7. You might have sailed through school’s hurdles by simply being diligent and abiding by the rules. That is not sufficient here. In life you may have to pass through the wilderness and sometimes the valley of the shadow of death. It takes knowing God to win life’s battles and be successful in your endeavors.
In case, you find these principles too difficult to follow, you can take a shortcut – Go back to school and don’t come out till you are more prepared. I guess that is a lot easier.
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