EDUCATION NATION CHOOSING WISELY, CHOOSING RIGHTLY
“We don’t need no education”, an infamous line etched in the hearts of many, especially students in their +2 and colleges. I am not sure if they understand what Pink Floyd was trying to sing against but the song is a cult classic amongst most of us (including me). Although the song and its rebellious connotation is something we relate to (or think that we relate to), it is apparent that in reality “we DO need some education”.
It is evident that education not only helps a person in terms of their individual growth but also adds to the nations growth. Numerous efforts by the government have been made to ensure education accessibility is provided to students across the country. We too must understand that getting the right education can be a boost in your career or a bust in it as well. So, it becomes very crucial for us to make an informed decision on what kind of institution we are associating ourselves with. It DOES make a difference in your career when you start and all the way through. Here are 5 crucial aspects that you may want to consider when choosing the right school or college for yourself.
- HISTORY : It’s a jungle out there, literally. As you wander the streets of Kathmandu, you can see hundreds of colleges being advertised in one way or the other. Don’t be lured by simply looking at the ‘cool’ logo and graphics used, the school did not make it, the designer did. Most schools and colleges have not even been in existence for more than 5 years but with swanky new infrastructure it is obvious that students prefer them, however, with history comes experience and with experience comes wisdom. Choose a college that has been around for more than a decade, this way you are assured that their delivery (in terms of results) has been solid and their business model is working too.
- ASSOCIATIONS NOT ONLY AFFILIATION : In Nepal, choosing a school and college brings limited options in terms of college affiliations (SLC or CBSE; Tribhuvan University or Kathmandu University or Purbanchal University or Pokhara University etc.) however, an educational institute with an association with a company or an organization could be a valuable asset for the school/college. First, it provides a wealth of exposure to the corporate world and second it opens the door for students to get hands on learning in terms of internship opportunities and future avenues to start a career in.
EDUCATION IS NOT ABOUT MAKING A QUICK BUCK. IT’S ABOUT SHAPING OUR MINDS, OUR ACTIONS AND OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SOCIETY AND COUNTRY.
- ALUMNI : This goes hand-in-hand with the history of the school/college. Alumni provide network, valuable network when you start your professional career and during it too. I have many friends whom I studied with at Campion College who are working in diverse sectors and when I am to work in a particular sector I just scan through the list of my friends and alumni and tap into that resource of going to a college with a strong history and alumni.
- VALUES: Education is not about making a quick buck. It’s about shaping our minds, our actions and our contributions to the society and country. I have recently come across a few colleges that are operating out of 2-room flat and charging students a decent amount for their programs. Understand what the school/college stands for. Some colleges have concepts like the 6 Knowledge Centers and believe that students need to explore more learning and development activities rather than just the prescribed courses and books.
- FACULTY: They are the shapers; they are the molders. Try assessing who are the faulty who are there to guide in the process of defining your professional career ahead. Understand if they have industry experience in the field they are coming to provide you with inputs. Although most faculties in college are not permanently engaged with the institution it is always best to get some info about the faculty involved in the college of your interest. Although all of the above in complete totality may not be applicable in the context of Nepal, it is an effort to understand that good colleges or institutions should not be simply judged by how swanky and flashy the premises is but on how the learning and development process is transferred on to you. There are very few who match the above criteria in the country. In fact the education sector itself is in a need for change. Education groups like CG|Education, that provide education from Kindergarten to Masters level, needs to be promoted and developed. Establishments like these would be able to weed out the unnecessary number of “kotthey” schools and colleges. Students become future professionals and people that will take the country to newer heights. Finally, I am sure you would be in agreement with me when I say that choosing wisely and choosing rightly is half the work done for a successful and meaningful professional career.