I read this interesting article today. It was titled, Stephens: To the Class of 2012, written by Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens.
The article was about the upcoming college graduating class of 2012 putting their egos in check as they enter the workforce.
While I didn’t agree with many facets of Stephens’ opinion (or perhaps more so his delivery of them), his sentiment that new graduates likely need to humble themselves, and their often entitled expectations, as they transfer into a non-academic environment is not far off.
Having spent a few years excelling in academia, spending loads of tuition dollars and earning a degree does not entitle anyone to anything anymore (if it ever did).
My point – and perhaps Stephens’ as well – is: when students graduate a new kind of education is just beginning. When students graduate college they often do so with a lot of knowledge and accomplishment about theory. What I mean is: students have learned, in a controlled environment, fundamentals about how things can be approached to achieve certain, and sometimes predictable, results.
After graduation, students have to begin to apply that theory in the professional workforce. Often new graduates learn a difference between theory and practical application. The difference between the two is nuanced – so much so that it becomes a whole new level of education.
What separates those who end up navigating our economy well and the alternative is one’s ability to recognize the education being offered in the nuances and becoming humble enough to learn from it.
Posted by: Nick Ventuerlla