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Wandering off the Path.

Posted on | June 17, 2010 | 1 Comment

Students, professionals, education they all seem to be geared around the idea that we have some idea what we want to do and that we can study today for the path of tomorrow.

Over and over again I have told my students that what we learn at school is secondary to the process.

Sure there are some exceptions but they are not as glaring as you might think.

What is important in our education is that we learn to follow through, meet deadlines, dare, challenge and ultimately get the tools to know who to ask and how to ask for help and guidance when we need it.

Sure some may disagree but that disagreement is fueled more out of fear of a change in the way we deliver education than the reality of the suggestion.

Last night I spoke to Iman Ben Chaibah about the creation of Sail magazine.

What is interesting is that Iman studied computer science and works in the computer industry, NOT the field of communication and journalism.

Yes there is no question Iman is a journalist!

The point of all this is wandering off the path is what education should be all about, getting us to explore and follow our gut feelings no matter how far from what we are trained to do it is!


One Response to “Wandering off the Path.”

  1. Iman Ben Chaibah
    June 18th, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    Thank you James for the exciting interview.

    I definitely agree with your point! I’ve been trying to preach this around, and I’m not sure people quite yet are accepting this idea. We are no longer living in a time where what you study dictates your career. Even one of the HR managers I once worked with, he bluntly said, “I don’t care what you have studied! All what I care about is that you had the commitment to stick to it for 4 years. This is what I need to know to ensure your work mindset.”

    Education should teach you how to self-learn, so later when you are on your own, you can survive!

    When a student decides on what major to study, they should choose what they passionately love, because they will be stuck with it for 4 years, so you better pick something you enjoy! Career will take care of itself. Time is changing; it is no longer only a corporate-bound career life. You define your own 😉


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