As thousands of fresh graduates take a sigh of relief as they march down to receive their degrees that seal the years of their formative education, reality holds the truth that Graduation is not the end but a beginning of a new chapter in life. A closer analysis of the word would tell us that ‘graduation” simply means the elevation of learning from one level to another. In reality, learning is a never-ending process; education does not end with the graduation ceremony.
There are lessons we cannot find from the vast collections of books even in the world’s largest libraries that only our lives can teach us. Note that learning from life is very different from the education and training that we get from the academics. Let’s take a look at many of the world’s greatest minds and see that most of these personalities have not finished formal education or were not standouts in school but were able to etch their names in the records of the world’s history:
Robert Fulton, the inventor of the Clermont steam boat, was not a brilliant scholar, but according to his teacher, his head was filled with original ideas formed by his observation around him, he barely even touched his books but he has progressed quite surprisingly. Meanwhile, the Father of modern Physics Albert Einstein was marked a failure in life but whose name at present is synonymous to genius. Light bulb inventor Thomas Alva Edison only managed three months of formal schooling after which he was sent home by his teacher with a note that said “unteachable.” While theories help mould our perceptions, the teachings in life and reality help us mould our own theories.
So to the fresh graduates, kudos to you all and welcome to the real world! The academics has equipped you with a stack of theories, apply it but don’t hold unto it longer than you should. Life has a lot to offer, explore and never stagnate, continue learning as you sail through this chapter. The cruise may not go smoothly as you’d like it to be, harsh winds and huge waves may get in your way but with stock knowledge and the will to move on, the compass of life would surely make your journey worthwhile.
Management education has a vital role to play in today’s business environment, where everything changes so fast that it makes it difficult for organisations to survive the growing competition. This has led to the need for business schools in developing nations to impart relevant education to students, which reflects the changes in society. Also, schools need to be in close contact with industry.
Management Education is the latest academic discipline to arrive in the world of academia, hardly 100 years worldwide, it has been for less than 50 years on Indian scene. It has emerged as a vibrant field for professional education. It is today the most preferred choice for higher education, among young men and women of the country. Its demand will continue to rise and hence its qualitative growth needs serious attention.
The solution is that we need to do away with traditional departments. That will allow us to bring in interdisciplinary research. There is no reason why a finance person cannot do research on entrepreneurship or microcredit. These multidisciplinary centres leverage in our scarce resources.
In today’s world we require more skilled managers since our economy is growing, our country needs to prevent the brain drain and hone the skills of the existing ones by nurturing them via quality education. Oakbrook Business School is one such initiative, an upcoming B-school with impeccable infrastructure, expert faculty and cutting edge curriculum.
It is no exaggeration to say that underemployment is a blight on our society – its consequence is an inefficient workforce. For any young person, jobs are scarce and competition is fierce. You need to understand that collecting qualifications will not change this!
A degree will not excuse stuttering through an interview, it will not correct spelling mistakes on a CV and other instantaneous mistakes that you commit. A degree is rather a proof that you wanted to learn, can learn and will keep learning.
Learning is a process that accelerates your mind and sharpens it up to deal with the challenges of your career. Learning should be such that, it shows that your mind has been stretched and twisted, contradicted and challenged, molded and remolded. But you also need to multiply the knowledge you acquired and apply it in the practical world. And for this, you need to preserve your thirst for learning, it should not end after you have earned your degree.
Though, having a degree isn’t enough. Kind-minded but wrong advice says ‘any degree will do’ but choice of subject is an extremely crucial matter. It’s not uncommon to hear people laugh at at subjects like classics and philosophy, questioning their value in the so-called ‘real world.’ These subjects and their kind are taken for learning, intellect, knowledge and understanding. Only those incapable of doing so would resent those who are motivated this way. We seem to have a real problem with people judging a degree for its monetary value and earning power alone.
One should be passionate to learn something new everyday, and he/she should go to college to fulfill this thirst, not just for mere attendance in the class. A college degree will only be fruitful if it is in the area of your interest, and genuine quest for knowledge about that subject. While a classics degree may not have a direct career attached to it in the way medicine does, those who want to learn should be encouraged, not disparaged. After all, as Oscar Wilde said, ‘You can never be overdressed or over-educated.’
A common entrance test for the upcoming management aspirants: CMAT
Educators who create college entrance exams are continually striving to perfect their exams and to formulate fair tests with accurate score results. While many of these exams have improved, problems still remain and some colleges are assessing whether these tests should continue to be used for application purposes-leaving students to wonder if entrance tests and exams are really all that important on their admissions applications.
Entrance exams are an important part of an application to any premier institute, they give an appropriate capability of a student irrespective of his/her grades, it gauges the students’ aptitude on one scale and therefore standardization prevails in the selection process. Since there is dire need of talented and brainy management professionals in our country; it is extremely important that a standard entrance test for management institutes is established. There are number of entrance exams today which are varied and stringent according to the fields of study.
To bring about a wave of consistency and regularity; AICTE has come up with Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) in 2012 to reduce the burden on management institutes as well students across the country. CMAT will bring about uniformity in the selection procedure in the management institutes and become a single-shot solution due to the nationalization. CMAT is a computer-based test (CBT) which will be conducted twice a year. Each Candidate is eligible to appear in both the exams and the better of the two scores will be used for the admission for each academic year. The second CMAT exam for admissions to the academic year 2014-15 will be conducted from 20th February 2014 – 24th February 2014.
Following are the details about CMAT:
CMAT is a 3 hour test. CMAT question paper comprises four sections:
There are 25 questions in each section. While each correct answer carries four marks, each wrong answer will carry one negative marking.
- Graduates with 50% in any discipline
- Final year students of Graduate Courses can also apply
- Test Fee
- General/OBC: Rs.1200 + Bank charges as applicable
- SC/ST/PD: Rs.600 + Bank charges as applicable
- In Foreign Countries: $125 + Bank charges as applicable
- You may stop preparing GK questions a fortnight ahead of the forthcoming examination as the test paper is usually set about a fortnight in advance. However, continue revising whatever you have learnt, Because knowledge never goes in vain!