Quality Education is important, it is a tool that can change lives, unfortunately not everyone is privileged enough to receive this gift.
Fortunately for me, my parents were able to send me to school and then see me through college as well and so I managed to graduate with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. And believe me when you study psychology, you tend to see the world in a completely different way!
While I was in college, I always wondered whether if it would be worthwhile studying further, perhaps a post graduate degree of sorts.
A cynic at that time, I thought I had acquired enough knowledge a text book and a few professors could teach me and I didn’t want to endure myself with more text book/classroom trauma.
I chose to work as opposed to studying and my corporate adventures began, leaving my question unanswered for nearly 4 years. During these 4 years of working at different organisations, occasionally I would hear stories about few friends and classmates who chose to study and were in various institutes rather than working like me.
A part of me envied them that they could relax and just studying rather than face the pressure of working in the ‘real‘ world. I was convinced that my decision was the right one and pursuing further education would not teach me anything new that I could otherwise not learn from the world wide web.
It so happened that I got the opportunity of working for an educational institute called St Pauls Institute of Communication Education which specialises in Media studies. I was excited with this job offer because now finally I would get the answer to that question that has occasionally surfaced my mind during all those years of corporate slavery.
Is pursuing further education of any real value or is it a waste of money and time?
And the answer to that question (to my surprise) is Yes, it does help.
Post graduate courses or not like that of just sitting in a classroom and learning something from a book, it’s much more than that. The institute is a hub of connections and contacts.
Coupled with theory and practical learning, it is also a gateway to build contacts and land internships in the right places at the right time.
Trust me, doing just graduation course and then trying to get into the field of your choice is equivalent to searching for the right kind of fish in the wrong pond!
This is not the case if you chose to pursue further education from the right institute. So yes, it’s not just about earning a certificate, it is about learning in the right environment, from the right people and getting placed in the right company.