College Checklist

A College Planning Guide Part-2

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Continuing from our earlier post, we look at some of the other factors that make transition from high-school to college beneficial and easy for the young aspirants.

Enhance your profile

Colleges are more likely to look for a student who has strengths beyond the academics. An all-rounder will always have an edge in comparison to their academically oriented counterparts. Strengthen the talents that you already have, whether it is playing an instrument like the guitar or drums, pursuing football as a hobby or even cooking in your free time. Every certificate or news of these co- or extra-curricular activities you mention can be very helpful in getting you those extra points why applying for a college/university, especially if you are applying abroad.

Colleges appreciate innovative and passionate students, so try to convince them you are motivated to achieve your dreams and targets. You can use the summer break after your Grade 10 exams as the ideal time to pursue your field of interest – for instance, if you want to be a teacher, teach young children, who cannot afford to go to school, in your locality. This will give you a valuable experience of teaching as well as become a brownie point in your résumé. If you aspire to be an architect, brush up your artwork, make sample drawings, and get them evaluated from professionals.

Shortlist Your Preferred Colleges

You should shortlist the colleges you want to apply to well in advance by the end of 11thgrade. There are innumerable ‘matchmaking’ websites for colleges, such as Global Educates, that help you in finding a college based on various criteria like – your financial status and location preferences. You can do some online research on these colleges, send enquiries, and talk to former students to see if these colleges meet your requirements.

Application Process

The application process can be very taxing on the student but an important process nevertheless.

 Tips for Filling an Application Form:

  • Be original, formal, and polite and stick to the character or word limit.
  • List your recent achievements, starting with the most recent.
  • If asked for a ‘personal statement’, use it to tell the college why YOU are the one they need to choose among all applicants. Show how you fit into the college culture and its requirements.
  • Read all the sections of an application form thoroughly and understand what information is needed.

Prepare for the Change

 Although admission in a college of your choice can be quite thrilling, the fun and the hard work are just the beginning. The academic life in a college is quite different from the one you might have witnessed until now. It is true that college is a time for having fun and widening your social circle but for the serious achiever, it is also a time to excel in their field. In the midst of all the socio-cultural activities, do not forget that college is also a place to learn new things and build on your concepts. In most colleges, the lecturer or professor will not make you stand outside the classroom for incomplete assignments and bad behavior; rather they will be friendlier than those who taught you in school. Essentially, this means that you are responsible for your own academic results.


Getting the most out of College

 YES, college is so much more than just academics – cultural events, student club activities, and parties. The best way to increase your social circle is through participation in everything that college has to offer, while balancing out your work load. You will never again have the same opportunities offered in college at any point in life. You will be in a position of enviable stability, once you have checked all the boxes in this checklist. Enjoy this phase of your life, as you will never be as carefree again.

College Checklist

Student Checklist – A College Planning Guide

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Life after high school is strange, you no longer smile indulgently and say “I want to be a ‘doctor’, a ‘lawyer’, or an ‘engineer’”, because now, the questions are more specific (and uncomfortable too, if you are on a lookout for a college): “What stream are you going to take up?” or “Which colleges have you applied to?” or “Are you preparing for any competitive exams?’ or “What is your college plan?” Your answers are scrutinized more seriously; so maybe it’s time for you to be serious about your future too!

However, don’t get too bogged down by the prospect of joining a college. Trust me when I say this – by the time you finish your first year, college will form an integral part of your life; one without which you cannot envisage yourself. College plays a significant role in shaping the growth of an individual. Apart from the course certification, it is the place where an individual embarks on his journey from teenage years to adulthood. The experiences, which one gains during this period are important as well as instrumental. However, for most high-school students, college is like an abyss. They aren’t sure about what to expect and thus look towards college with skepticism. Therefore, here is a checklist for each high-school students which they can use to evaluate their undergraduate options.

College Planning Guide:

Choose your course well

In India, students have to choose their course in class tenth itself, as after grade tenth students study specialized subjects related to their stream. You will be choosing from the streams like – commerce, humanities, or science – based on your interests and preferences. The lack of flexibility in Indian colleges, forces you to pursue what you studied in grades 11 and 12 – for instance, if you choose to take up humanities after grade 10th, dropping science, it becomes almost impossible to take an engineering or science course later in college/university. It is advised that if you are torn up between options, pick the Science stream as it will give you the freedom to switch to Humanities or Commerce later; it is impossible to do the other way around if you change your mind.

 

Take professional help

This period, understandably, can be a time of uncertainty. Take help from an education counselor who can analyze your aptitude and preferences and help you make a choice. An education counselor assesses the students by testing their aptitude, intelligence, and personality quotients, which help a counselor to evaluate the student’s potential and assess their verbal and numerical reasoning skills. The students can also meet with experts from their chosen field to ask for help and guidance in this crucial period.

Do your initial research

An initial research is always beneficial, once you have chosen a stream to pursue in college/university. Many ‘professional’ or ‘vocational’ courses have very limited seats; hence, you can only get admission in a college or a university after clearing a competitive exam. You must be aware of many important facts – such as the dates of these exams, the registration process, fees, and the minimum marks required to clear such exams. A candidate who will be well prepared for the exam will have better odds of getting selected in a course of his/her choice.


These three steps, if followed, can go a long way in shaping your overall performance and can lead to a very conducive period in college. Please click here to read PART-2.

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SURVIVING COLLEGE ADMISSION COMPETITION

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Last month, when the CBSE 12th results were released, I heard about this boy Hemang, who scored 95% in the board examinations. And he was sad, terribly disappointed. Reason- he wouldn’t be able to get into Delhi University. Well, that was when it just shook me, and I was grieved to realise the cut-throat competition that has overshadowed the lives of the young adults with fear, worry, and anxiety. For us, even 75% was a good score, and a reason to celebrate. But with colleges getting highly selective and the job market uncertain, the whole education scenario today has become more stressful than ever.

The fight for a prestigious college has become so intense that students consider getting into an IIT or IIM something without which there is no life. Notably, students have started preferring a college over a course. They compromise their desired course to get into their dream college. After all, the name has become so important.

If you are too facing this phase of life where nothing seems less than a race, then wait, life could be easier. Though it has become very challenging, there are ways you can equip yourself to win this challenge. Following are some things you should keep in mind to survive this struggle and make the best choice for yourself.

First of all, Relax!
You need to calm down first and have confidence in yourself. Know that the skies would not fall if you don’t get into that college, which has taken away your sleep. Only when you are relaxed and peaceful, can you give your best and achieve success.

Do not compare!
One of the biggest worries is that all your friends have got into good colleges or have got settled, unlike you. Remember that each person has a unique set of aptitudes, interest and capabilities. What is best for them, might not be good for you. It isn’t a wise act to try to match the speed of others.

Define your own success
Every person has their own definition of success, create your own! Many a times we unknowingly start measuring our success in terms of what our friends believe. You need to check your mind getting influenced there. Find out what is best for you, through brainstorming, various offline and online aptitude tests, personality tests or consult a counsellor, or discuss it with parents and elders. Get to know for sure about your personal interests and aims.

Expand your knowledge and skill domain
Continue gaining knowledge through coaching and preparatory courses, do not sit idle. Also, make efforts to develop various skills like confidence and communication through skill training workshops, leadership workshops. Also, consider being active and involved in co-curricular activities inside and outside school. All this would help you in clearing interviews and having an edge over other students.

Apply Early
Often, students take too long to submit their applications while applying for admissions. It is preferred if you apply at the earliest and submit your application on time.

Accept Rejections
It is absolutely alright if you do not get selected at some place. Do not get depressed, know that there isn’t an end to the options. The worst that can happen is that you get into a wrong college, but even then it is your hard work and skills that count. You can achieve great heights even without a college. Besides, rejections make you stronger and actually add flavour to life.

Keep backup options
Be open to more than one college and apply for admission at many colleges, at least 6-7. You can keep your own priorities and favourites, but it always makes sense to keep backups ready in case you miss your most preferred choice.

At last, know that everything just works out fine and you have the ability to do the best with your life.

 

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E-Learning Advantages and Disadvantages

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Ever wanted to study a topic that was not offered in your school or college? Or a topic that is beyond the spectrum of your subject? The answer is, “Yes, you can”! Welcome to the world of e-learning, which gives everybody the chance to explore topics beyond their horizons and gain more insight into a specific area of interest. The use of technology such as, audio, animation, text, streaming videos, for educational purpose is termed as E-learning. Online learning can be undertaken individually or under the supervision of an instructor. The two main options of E-learning for high school students are E-learning using available web resources and Massive Open Online Courses. Let us consider them both.

E-learning using web resources:

Several websites can help students enhance their learning alongside high school learning programs. One such website, for instance, is MIT’s E-learning initiative that offers benefits on a huge variety of educational subjects to both current university students as well as working professionals. The tutorials and online resources complement schoolwork, allowing students to explore classroom topics at their own pace in greater depth and the tutorials can be used to strengthen their understanding of a subject. They can also move beyond their curriculum to discover and explore topics of interest. A Learning, which happens through interaction and visual means is enriching and enhances interest and retention.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):

Some of the popular MOOCs offered today have been started by the best universities in the world, offering free courses from their institutes. Platforms and initiatives such as Udacity by the Stanford University and EdX by Harvard and MIT, allows top universities and professors to share their information with the world and give a student sitting in different corner of the globe, a chance to study something they are passionate about. For instance, Priya Sinha, a fifteen year old student studying in the Delhi Public School in Vasant Kunj, has taken many E-learning courses ranging from design and poetry, reasoning, and music; she enrolled in her first E-learning course when she was in the 8th grade. When asked why, Sinha replied swiftly, “Because this learning is a great supplement to the limited learning that happens in school”.

She points out that, besides giving her an idea as to what she could pursue in college in the future, these programs also opened up her mind to new fields. Although, most of these are college-level courses, anyone is free to register for them and participate. This helps students understand what they can expect out of coursework in college, and specifically, from a course they are interested in pursuing. As with any field of interest, e-learning carries both advantages as well as certain disadvantages, therefore, let’s discuss both in detail.

Here are the E-learning advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of E-learning courses:
  • You can supplement your high-school knowledge by taking college-level courses and take the liberty of pursuing a course that you are really zealous about.
  • You have the option of selecting courses that you are interested in, even if these subjects are out of the domain of your curriculum. For instance, you may be studying a science course in high school, however, an online course allows you the independence of taking a course in English poetry from Wordsworth to Eliot!
  • These courses enable a person to study something about which they are passionate. The discussion board and group chats, offered on E-learning platforms, are advantageous as they lead to interactive learning and provide more a detailed outlook of a particular aspect of the subject.
  • There are a variety of activities and assignments to complete within the courses that can enhance one’s knowledge.
  • It prepares you for how college will be in terms of severity and structure.
  • You can test your competence in a certain area to be ascertain of your interest in the course and whether if you want to take it up in college or not.
  • You gain a sense of confidence and awareness by taking these courses as they are chosen by you.

 Disadvantages of E-learning Courses:

  • E-learning courses are particularly disadvantageous for those who lack motivational skills or suffer from bad study habits.
  • Sometimes, the lack of a routine structure and deadlines, a student may be prey to lack of concentration.
  • Also, the student feels isolated and cannot interact with their peers.
  • An e-learner won’t find anyone to compete with to test their actual progress.
  • It is practically impossible to replicate the effects of hands on training with a virtual classroom based study model.
  • For some, less tech savvy students, shuffling between various online tools may be an arduous task.

Learn Foreign Language

Foreign LanguageLearning a new language isn’t easy. But if you are able to list fluency in more than one language on your resume, then it is definitely a career booster. Moreover, most high schools and colleges in the west have a language requirement. Desire cultural immersion or self-improvement? So if you are planning to study abroad, then knowing a new language can vastly increase your chances of admission. Not only that, for those who are finding it difficult to indulge themselves in any activity during the summer vacations, learning foreign language can be a perfect option to start with. What better way of spending your leisure time than developing a new skill?

Also, many wonder, “What is the best way to learn a foreign language?”

Well my advice is you can start watching movies with subtitles or by reading online publications.

Yes, learning foreign language is hard and also demands both methodical approach as well as determination. If you are learning your first foreign language, consider the following before enrolling in your preferred language course. So let’s take a look at four such foreign languages that are popular and widely spoken across the globe.

  1. Mandarin Chinese: This dialect is spoken and understood by more than one billion people in the whole world. From a conversational point of view, Mandarin is easier to learn as compared to other Oriental languages such as Japanese and Korean. Mandarin grammar and sentence construction are a lot simpler to grasp. However, it is difficult to memorize the tones used to differentiate words having the same pronunciation.
  2. French: Often considered a ‘sophisticated’ language, French is the official language in over 20 countries. Today, mastering French is easy, thanks to the abundance of free online courses. Anyone with the willingness to learn this language can do so at their convenience. Moreover, if you already know Spanish or Italian, then learning French is a piece of cake!
  3. Spanish: If you know Spanish, then you can easily travel to South America with the knowledge of this one language! Moreover, as the economic importance of Latin America is rapidly increasing, Spanish has become popular among business-people. And, if you are planning to study in the U.S., then picking up Spanish is beneficial as the country is home to a significant number of the world’s Spanish speakers.
  4. German: Despite being a complicated dialect, German is slowly gaining popularity in the world. Having a basic knowledge of this language provides a better cultural understanding of the mid-European region. Speaking and understanding German automatically boosts career prospects in countries such as Germany and certain region of Belgium, which are the hub of many multinational corporations.

Learning a foreign language can become tiresome, so maintain your enthusiasm. Eventually, when you are in a far-off country and effortlessly conversing with native speakers, you know that all your efforts and time will have come to fruition.


Click here to read more about tips to learn a foreign language

Note: If you are serious about adding a foreign language to your list, then check out websites such as Memrise, Duolingo, and BBC Languages. Also, have fun learning a new language.

Engineers

Engineers – “The problem solvers”

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Here is a true event that happened in my workplace. We were discussing about a new promotional campaign titled “Innovation is invention” for our online website. We needed a new set of banners and an interactive landing page for our campaign. But just two days prior to the “crunch day” the only developer assigned to our campaign fell ill. Arun, the lead campaigner, was pacing around nervously, scrambling his mobile, all very depressed. In the meantime, I was sitting down carving out a plan B (which to be honest, we never had). It didn’t take me long to figure out that we could use the online templates to start an initial campaign until our lead developer returns back. And, thankfully, the ‘plan B’ worked. Later Arun asked, “How did you manage to be so unperturbed by the unseen disaster our marketing campaign faced with?” “I am an engineer, and problem-solving is in my DNA,” I replied promptly.

We, engineers, are an interesting breed of people. We simply relish a challenge. And to the utter dismay of many, the harder it is to solve, the better! The irony, however, is the fact that irrespective of the monumental role engineering has played in shaping the world to what it is today, people still ignore its importance. For starters, if I were to ask you to notice the room you are sitting in? Or for that matter think about the chair you sit on. Can you see the engineering around you? If you are an average individual belonging to age group 15-55, you are almost certainly carrying a smartphone. If so, then you are surrounded by engineering! Yes, you read it correctly.

So why is it that we do not appreciate the engineers more? Often, engineering is highlighted when there’s a catastrophe – for instance, the recent Nepal Earthquake. The truth, however, is engineering has played a significant role in shaping the world to what it is today. Road, rail, aeroplanes, medical equipment is just a few of the many marvels created by beautiful minds of engineers – the creative thinkers. By only highlighting the negatives of engineering, we impose a bad impression on people, and more alarmingly, the profession. These obsolete, damaging perceptions of engineering are upsetting our capability to recruit the next generation of engineers.

Why sudden dearth of engineers?

Engineering’s greatest strength and perhaps the biggest challenge is its diversity. For years, the magnificent work done by engineers has moulded our lives, but hasn’t received its due. Name any assignment, and I can assure you that there are thousands of invisible engineers slogging their hearts out. And it is time we wave our arms and celebrate the tireless effort done by millions. Maybe we equate technology with nerds. Fortunately or unfortunately ‘nerdy’ is the next “in-thing” and it needs its share of importance.

However, the present teaching methods in engineering schools have become repetitive and it has become increasingly difficult to attract the best of the minds to the profession. What if we could inspire kids to see engineering in action? I would predominantly like to see a closer working relationship between schools and manufacturing hubs. While interactive sessions are doing a great job of making the classroom more interactive and less monotonous, however, you simply can’t compete with the experience of going into a factory full of gadgets/machines (lots of noise) – watching a plastic toy or an iPhone being made. Imagine how impactful it will be for children to witness it first-hand.

Anything we can do to make kids understand the importance of the subjects will be extremely important for them to turn them into the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technicians. By opening the world of engineering, we will help children to join the dots about the technologies. Furthermore, it will make them aware about facts and findings to which most children and for that matter many adults too are oblivious.  Those who work in academic world have a primary role of inspiring the next generation. Our country boasts of some of the best engineering schools and engineering brains.

Also, there is an urgent need to assess the teaching quality in our higher education institutes. However, when our government decides on funding an engineering institute receives, its quality of teaching does not count for much and it is awarded mostly on its research output. Our company has been involved in developing educational content and information with focus on engineers. Our blog has had somewhere close to 10,000 viewers worldwide. The major response that we receive is the beleaguering state of Indian engineering schools. Anyone looking objectively at these sorts of activities can see their value yet universities don’t have a tangible way to recognise that value.

My plea is to those in government to recognise the importance of public engagement, and for universities to find a way to support it. That way, the passionate ambassadors who already work in many faculties will be encouraged and supported to go out and spread the wonderful bug that is engineering. It may be all around us, but if we don’t open the door, how will future engineers ever find us?

Click here to check the top engineering colleges in India.

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Post result stress management for parents

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Parenting can be very stressful and the stress management can become elusively horrendous for many. I do not say this from a personal experience, rather by observing. It is said that the months of March and May are stressful for children. However, the stress level amongst parents during this period cannot be fathomed. It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent or whether you have one child or many; also the stress levels aren’t directly proportional to your child’s ability. In a world with ever changing performance parameters and increasing competition, children face an uphill task of outscoring their peers.

The annual CBSE class 12 exam, this year, witnessed a surge in the number of registrations with almost 11 lakh students appearing for the exam. Now compare it to the mediocre state of many of our higher education institutes and you could easily understand the emotions through which many parents go through. That said, what many parents forget is the fact that children should not be bound by their urgency to see their child become engineers or doctors. There are many different fields available for them to forge their careers in. If parents cannot effectively deal with their personal stress levels, it will be doubly more difficult for their children to look for positivity.

Stress management tips for Parents:

Find the right information

The first piece of advice for parents is not to panic – there are ample resources available to consult. For instance, our own portal – Global Educates – offers a plethora of information, like the courses offered to students, faculties, institutes, and much more. Also, parents can consult specialized CBSE helplines. Often, parents neglect the importance of consulting a career counsellor to discuss their child’s shortcomings and seek advice on future course of action. Parents can do a great deal when it comes to encouragement and sustenance. Always remember, stress management is the primary way of dealing with the various challenges posed by your child’s poor display at the annual class 12 results.

Think through your decisions

The other common mistake which parents make while dealing with their child’s poor results is rushing into making decisions. It is obvious for a parent to get annoyed at an apparent lack of effort or preparation. That said, don’t undermine the hard work put in by your child; appreciate it and encourage them to achieve more. No child studies to score low marks, however, certain situations make it horribly difficult for children to overcome. Instead, focus on encouraging your child to look at the positives and work to better their weaknesses. It is one of the most important components of stress management for parents.

A gap year

A gap year spent travelling or pursuing a field of interest can add a great deal to your child’s CV. Sometimes your child’s inability to seek admission after class 12 is more about the competition than their ability. Work experience, especially if it shows that your child can work in a team, is always appreciated and will tackle anything. Click here to read about how a gap year might be the ‘next’ stress management tool for you.


The key to stress management is to build a never say die attitude in your child. Don’t robotically assume that college is your child’s first choice, and remember if they are unsuccessful in getting admission this time, they might find that a year at college has been more beneficial, especially since that can offer more hand-holding than university, which is what some students need. Remember, rather than negativity and constant bickering, what your child needs the most is support during such testing times.

Stress management isn’t difficult, especially dealing with stress of your child’s poor score in class 12 results, however, inactions of parents and their reluctance to deal with the stress is worrisome.

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Poor Class 12 Results, What Next?

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In an exam that witnessed crowds of over 10 Lakh, there are bound to be students scoring marks on the lower end of the table in their class 12 results. The official figures released – after the announcement of class 12 results – by the CBSE point that almost 85% students managed to pass the annual exam. Out of that, only 10% managed to score 90% or above in the class 12 results. And if you belong to the category of the underachieving students, then this article is tailor made for you. The first thing that flashes across my mind after reading the detailed analysis of the exam is how negative students get after facing a bout of poor scores. That said, getting good marks is a great thing, yet, it is certainly not the only thing in a learner’s life. It is worthy if you get great marks, but what if you don’t? What should you do? What options are you left with? This blog provides comprehensions into the career options available for those students who did not score well in the class 12 results.

William Faulkner, once famously said, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” Yes, I know it is quite easy to quote famous personalities, however, it is literally impossible for a student, who is stuffed with a baggage of negativity and peer pressure.

Don’t let your chips down, even if you have scored less in the class 12 results, there are plenty of career options available, however, all you need is a positive attitude and a zeal to succeed. To further assist you in finding the perfect college, I have listed a few options that you can follow.

Careers after class 12 results

  • Fashion Designing: For those of you, who are always on the lookout for the most colourful of dresses and attired in a most modern piece of clothing, fashion industry is a stream which you may prosper. The ever evolving field of fashion industry has brought about a lot of challenges and opportunities in equal measure. Also, the nominal tuition fee is another attraction towards the course.
  • Photography: Your knack of picking out the beauty of the most serene surroundings, inclination towards technology, and a fine sense of ‘colours’, point towards a career in photography. Institutes like the FTII, Pune, offer you the perfect opportunity to pursue a career in photography. Don’t let your poor class 12 results hinder your growth and curtail your future avenues. If you think you have it in you, don’t look back and start pursuing your dreams.
  • Aviation & Hospitality Management: To join a flight crew course, all you need is a pleasing personality, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Yes, it is that simple! Furthermore, the career offers you an option of pursuing your graduation through correspondence, to enhance your qualification. The average fee for a one-year diploma programme in Aviation & Hospitality Management is around ₨ 80,000.
  • Writing: Passionate about penning your thoughts down or love crunching words and phrases? The career in Mass Communication and Journalism awaits you! Don’t get too bogged down by your poor class 12 results. The course will offer you a great opportunity of getting into a reputed media house as a journalist or into the advertising industry.
  • Sports: Join a professional academy, if you like a certain sport and pursue your graduation side-by-side through correspondence. Also, you can apply in various universities under the sports quota. It is a well-known fact – your mind is as healthy as your body, and a strong foundation is paramount to achieving a perfect career.
  • Animation: Slowly, the world is getting apprehended by the world of animation and artificial intelligence, and future prospect for an animation student are both bright as well as promising, therefore a career in this field is advisable. Also, the latitude of animation industry is enormous. If the tuition fee is not a concern for you, then it is advisable to seek a career in animation and cinematography. Click here to check out the top three animation colleges in India
  • Sales and marketing: So, you think you can sell eggs to a hen? A diploma course in sales and marketing may be your cup of tea and the perfect recipe of success after facing the dejections of your class 12 results. Moreover, if you can take the trouble of learning a foreign language, your chances of getting recruited by a multinational corporation increase significantly. Join a similar course at graduation to up your skills.

The world can accommodate only so many engineers and medical practitioners, therefore the time is ripe that you look beyond these fields and look towards the path less travelled.

Arts Graduates

Skills for Arts Graduates

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It is a celebrated fact that work in the artistic sector is often prejudiced, underpaid, and unwarranted. A stagnating economy, acute fund crunch, and a consistently inconsistent higher education funding has pushed students under a tremendous debt laden career, and has made it horribly difficult for art graduates to survive. For many arts graduates, the number of internships they can secure plays a crucial role in establishing their job prospects. There is a perception that higher education institutes have a responsibility of producing “employable” or “work ready” students. Many teachers struggle to prepare arts graduates for the challenges of developing a vocation in the sector. And the drastic decline in the number of students, coupled with decline in the quality of teachers has significantly contributed in pushing the arts category off limits.

What arts graduates want?

So what do arts graduates want from their careers? For years, many experts have been dealing with cases where arts colleges are facing a severe crunch of arts graduates and the ever changing global demands aren’t helping the case. Many curriculum experts have pondered over the idea of addressing the concerns raised by students and teachers alike, so as to create a strong curriculum that would attract the best of students to work in the ‘traditional’ arts sector.

Let’s look at some of the conventional solutions to address the issues raised.

It would be presumptuous for teachers to assume that prospective arts graduates are completely unmindful of the nature of work in the arts sector.

To put it basically: students are aware of the fact that work in arts sector is based primarily on short-term contracts which also includes portfolio work. However, the present career expansion advice predominately focuses on jobs that are stable and based on a typical, foreseeable career development. In an arts industry, where self-employment and portfolio careers are conventional, the constant prominence on well written resumes and flashy cover letters being the important tools required when pursuing employment doesn’t take into account the stringent hiring procedures.

Skill and Expression

The primary resolution that students want is the introduction of concepts that would help them better prepare for work in the arts industry. The next resolution is a physical space for skill development. The various roles and diverse job profiles make the arts sector an amazing and exciting place to work. However, the plethora of opportunities available for the arts graduates could make it a daunting prospect for them.

It is highly important to include practical exercises into the curriculum to provide students with an opportunity to work success and failure. It may sound conceptual to many, however, it is priceless in a sector endemic of overnight success and relentless rejections that can often feel personal than professional. Another thing which students seek is experience, where they can work on essential skills needed to flourish in the sector. Skills ranging from learning to prepare a sales pitch to more complex ones like improving the communication skills. Also many arts graduates lack the basic knowledge like what their employment rights are. Also, this gives them an opportunity to learn about exhibiting their verbal and non-verbal skills. Arts Graduates, with time, can answer their most pertinent daemons which could lead them to success. For instance, queries like – “How does one behave in a field where apparently anything goes?” or “how effective their career strategy is”. Being able to communicate with people working in the arts sector offered an opportunity for arts graduates to see how pros conduct themselves.

Nevertheless, any curriculum you develop, there will always be limitations to its effectiveness. For instance, work internships – which are still seen by many arts graduates as the standard route to a career in arts sector – are still to be implemented thoroughly. What arts graduates need the most is a series of work placement contracts that will address disparity of admission.

That said, arts is a sector which requires a lot of work, as opportunities are limited to an extent and the present workforce does not reflect the diversity of society. No matter how difficult it may appear, but it is ultimately very important to find current practices in the sector that might produce a change in employment practices.

Online vs Offline Teaching

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Education and teaching are two words, which are highly co-related to each other in implication and essence. Their role is to make an individual not only literate, but add reasoning, knowledge ability, and independence. Teaching revolves around ensuring the effectiveness of educational tools and that all students receive quality education. Alongside imitation, teaching is a key mechanism through which humans pass attained information, skills, and technology between generations. Prevalent in humans since ancient times, teaching plays a key role in shaping the human psychological adaptation. As the best education systems have shown, without the guidance of trained and dedicated teachers, and implementation of proper teaching methods, education is incomplete. The biggest trait of great teachers is – they are great learners.  Teachers, in colonial times,  were considered dreadful creatures; controlling classrooms by using intimidation and punishment. Today, teachers have become friendlier and stress on the importance of engaging children to make the teaching process more effective.

Teaching, as with any other field,  has gone through evolutions: from usual teaching methods like: “chalk and talk”, to more modern tools like: use of smart boards, multimedia projectors, and 3D displays.

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Traditional Teaching Methods VS Multimedia Tools

Though, individuals can learn new concepts by hit-trial and error method, however the role of the tutor is of primary importance and cannot be compared with others. Conventional teaching methods like – chalk and board have been prevalent from thousands of years and even today it used effectively. This method is most effective in providing structure required by highly teacher-centered methods. Such tools provide an instructor, ample opportunity to expose the students to readily available materials. The biggest drawback of the conventional teaching method is the monotonous “one-way approach” of the teachers, putting back children in more passive role, without active participation. This method is biased towards only those who can utilize their communication skills effectively.

With advancement of science and technology, innovations have been made in the field of teaching; with acceptance of ‘classroom-friendly’ tools. The modern methodology is more student friendly, making teacher’s role even highly significant in making learning stress-free. Modern teaching methodology involves use of better tools, more participation of the students, and makes classrooms livelier. “Hands-on activity” is another method used often, involving – talking, listening, and movement to understand new concepts efficiently. It has been scientifically proven that children respond better to livelier scientific tools which improve better understanding of concepts and better cognitive functions, hence improving the overall domain.

Z to A Teaching approach

Lately, the (Z to A) teaching approach has become ubiquitous in classrooms around the world. This approach attempts to explain the application part of a problem before stressing on actual definition; making for better understanding by generating more interest and helping creating long lasting memory. For instance, in management, team work can be explained by providing successful examples of team work in various organizations; thus generating more interest of the students to understand the actual definition and domain of team work.


Across the globe, Information Technology is altering the work ethics of students, faculty, and staff; with tablets, smartphones, and other forms of hand-held devices making information more accessible. It can be easily interpreted that classroom experience has been altered by use of technology, making concepts more understandable. Innovations in the field of teaching have made a drastic change in the overall learning experience, shifting from the archetypical platform of teaching and learning. In the new model of learning, the role of student is more important than teachers. The notion of paperless and pen less classroom is emerging as an alternative to the conventional teaching methods. The change is inevitable and with introduction of multimedia technology, teaching has become a more interactive process, facilitating teachers in helping make concepts more learner friendly.