The right attitude is more important than the right college!

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The ‘right’ attitude is more important than the ‘right’ college!

Some crucial decisions have a direct bearing on our future. Selecting the right college is one such thing.

The first thing that we would want to highlight here is:

Not everyone can afford good quality education. But if we work with zeal and passion and have a zest for life and are intensely determined to surmount the odds that we face – nothing can faze us. Ever.

To put it succinctly – for the resolute soul, the sky is the only limit.

Remember – studying in a reputed college will give us an edge over others – that’s it. Beyond that – all of us have to slog it out like the others.

Here are two things to keep in mind while taking such decisions:

A reputed college is reputed for a reason:

The infrastructure is good. The library is well equipped. Advanced technology is incorporated into all the lectures. The faculty members are highly experienced and may have practical knowledge to back up their expert knowledge.

When such faculty members pass on all their experience to us through their lectures, we save a lot of our time because we learn through their mistakes.

The fee structure may be higher but the admission process is equally rigorous. So, only students who crack the tests make it to such colleges. We interact with intellectuals and learn more along the way.

Good companies visit such campuses for placements because they get the right kind of talent for their organization.

We therefore stand better chances of landing good quality jobs just by studying in such colleges.

Explore the unknown:

The above scenario is familiar. It is the tried and the tested method for ‘sure’ success. However, the world is evolving at an extremely fast pace. Newer, unique career options are opening up every year. Some colleges offer a degree in tourism too. There are people out there who have just done their diploma in interior designing and are earning more than engineering students who studied in reputed colleges.

Survey the markets, dear students. There is scope for growth and opportunity for learning and earning even in offbeat courses like trekking and mountaineering.

We don’t recommend one course over the other. No. We are just asking you to explore all the options and take the one that suits you the most.

A final word of advice:

“Am I really learning something that excites me? Will it be useful to me in the long run?” “Will this degree make me economically independent within the next four or five years?” are some questions that we all need to ask ourselves before we pursue any degree.

There is also no real way of predicting the job prospects of a particular academic line on a long term basis.

Engineering was the ‘in’ thing about a decade back. There were a host of lines within this field. But not all engineers landed good jobs. The market was saturated with an influx of engineering graduates and they were all struggling to get decent jobs.

They were frustrated because they were under the false impression the market would remain stable till they finished their course.

Not all students who studied in reputed colleges got great jobs. And they wondered – quite rightly – at a later stage – if they had done the right thing in studying this course or in this college.

Most companies have started visiting smaller cities to select the right candidates for their organizations.

Their thinking is – all colleges are good. The infrastructure and the facilities that are offered make only a marginal difference in the quality of education.

The personality and the intellect of the candidate matters the most. They can astutely gauge the intellect of the students by reviewing their grades and through some tests. A personal interview gives them insights about the character of the student.

When they get both these values from a student, they rightly feel that with a little training and the right exposure – the student stands a fair chance of doing well in their organization.

Think!

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