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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Education vs Reality: What is the real value of education

We all grow up longing for the 'dream life' that awaits us once we grow up, finish our education and can finally start earning enough to help our families, chase our life goals or even to overcome past misfortunes and disadvantages. 

The 11 year journey through school, the 2 year bridge at college and then the 3 to 4 year hurdle to secure that 2:1 degree that is pretty much life or death when you get to the end of the second year and start to worry your life away over a bowl of cornflakes and a maxed out student loan.

I've been challenging a few thoughts in my head about how valuable education is really seen in today's society. Throughout the journey of school, college and university, we are constantly told to 'elaborate', 'expand', 'describe', 'explain' and when completing any assignments the only way to pass is often to balance two sides of an argument and finish off with a conclusion or to reach a set word limit by structuring our work in a lengthy but succinct way. So my question is this: Why are we taught to be 'articulate', 'in-depth', 'professional', 'precise' and to have 'high standards' for about 16 years of our lives (5yo-21yo) and then when it comes to the "real world" in an every day environment, we are told to 'keep it brief', 'cut it down', 'don't be too elaborate', 'you don't need to be too wordy' 'just get to the point', 'it doesn't need to be perfect' etc. This is something that I have constantly questioned since finishing education. 

How valuable is education in a world where getting to the top of the ladder is often dependant on strength of character, who can shout the loudest and popularity?

I then go on to question why we are taught to be polite, respectful, articulate and 'politically correct' in a world where swearing is a common occurrence in most professional offices, 'banter' seems to have now replaced meaningful conversation and the quietest or most introverted person gets left out or 'socially outcasted' from a team of people just because they are seen as 'boring', 'upset', or 'non-engaging', when this is usually the person with the most analytical and observant mindset. After all, in school, we were taught to think before we speak not to speak before we think.

Furthermore, in terms of people's skillsets, I scratch my head again in despair as opportunity and advancement often comes down to 'who you know' as opposed to 'what you know'. 

I once heard about a situation where two ladies applied for the same job. One was fully qualified and the other candidate had very little skills for the role. The individual who was fully qualified only secured the role as the other lady rejected the offer. You may now hold the question; Why did she get the offer first? Rhetorical of course as one candidate knew the hiring manager personally and the other did not.

Although this is not always the case, it is a taste of the unseen reality that occurs every day, despite the 'equality' monitoring laws that are in place today.

A further point in relation to qualifications brings me to a bold change that a major corporation made to their recruitment process a couple of years ago. EY, a multinational global corporation and one of the UK's largest graduate recruiters recently removed their degree classification requirements stating, "It found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken". (EY.com, 2015)

These points may indeed stir your thoughts...

To be continued.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Flee the box (short)

When we are growing up we are taught to accept things and to simply "do as we are told", but the real process of learning starts when you start to question things instead.

Ask the whys and hows. If something doesn't seem right then it probably isn't. Over time it becomes clear that the more you question, the more conscious you become.

There's the process of being a minor to being an adult and also the shift from being "asleep" to being "awake". Imagine that the media is a box. When inside the box you can only see its 4 corners... however, once you place yourself outside the box, all of a sudden you're looking from the outside in.

That's consciousness.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

My thought for the morning

I've learned that life is reactive.

Everything that occurs around us seems to be based on energy sources.

If something bad happens then good follows.

If you suffer pain its only temporary and the feeling of relief outweighs the bad.

Where there's darkness there's light.

Where there's a problem there's a solution.

As time goes on, it becomes apparent that life is just a jigsaw puzzle and a book of equations.

We're just here to solve as many as possible...


Sunday, 6 November 2016

We are Generation Y

Born in the 90s, we saw the rapid rise of technology. From AOL dial up to Telewest Broadband, Video Cassettes, Tapes and Floppy Disks to CDs, MP3 Players and iPods. We grew up in an age where things changed really quickly.

When we were about 10 years old, we had to ask our parents if we could use the house phone (landline) to call our friends, and then just 3 years later we were all on MSN Messenger contacting about 10 friends at the same time. We are the generation that saw the collapse of Woolworths and Virgin Megastores for the rise of Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.

A lot has happened in a short space of time.

We had our hopes and dreams of where we wanted to be at 21, 23 and 25 years old. Many of us would have said about 10 years ago that we would be married with kids by mid-twenties but now that's a bit far stretched. Right now, we are just starting our careers, some of us are sure of where we want to be and some of us are still finding ourselves.

Nowadays we have access to a lot of information so quite a few of us now have wised up to media lies, propaganda, false advertising and "fast track graduate schemes" making it seem as though success happens overnight.

We are a very fortunate generation because we can educate ourselves and strengthen ourselves with so much wisdom, although thinking outside the box is a choice. We are the ones who can make a difference right now and the best way to do that is to share our knowledge and experiences of life so far with each other.

We are often misunderstood by the older generation but this is where we need to show that we are more than the selfies that we post and the elevated lifestyles that we portray.

Welcome to Generation Y.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Wants vs Needs

Many forget that if just one of these things is missing, you probably won't be able to function at 100%. 

We live in a 'work, work, work' type of society but we are not machines. It's normal to get hungry or thirsty. It's okay to stop for a break. So what if you feel emotional sometimes. You shouldn't feel guilty for wanting to make more money. 

What we strive for reflect our basic human needs and when we feel like somethings missing it's only part of our natural survival instincts. In this robotic age I feel like we are losing ourselves. 

The age where someone will say, "You're cool you've got a flat, a car, a phone, live in a nice area...", but the reality is that 1. You can't take those things with you and 2. Those 'material' things cannot complete the soul. 

When I went to West Africa in 2008 I saw children that had the bare minimum but they were the happiest kids that I'd ever seen in my life. 

On the other hand I met a girl in Warwickshire who cried her eyes out because she wanted to reserve a student house with her friends and I told her she needs to come back later because the computers aren't working. The difference is how much more life is appreciated when you have more of what you 'need' and less of what you 'want'. 

We all like nice things and there's nothing wrong with that but the main point is focusing on your 'needs' before your 'wants' because your BMW X5 isn't going to tell you it loves you before you go to sleep!

Friday, 8 April 2016


If someone asks you, "What are your thoughts on the world around us?"

What do you perceive?

Do you see all of the wrong doings in the world as the majority or do you see the world as a fascinating prospect?

Are you that person who is the first to say, "The world is a horrible place" or the person who sees the world as beautiful?

See, the amazing thing is that there's no right or wrong.

Everything we believe is perceived based on personal experiences or our surroundings.

If one person passes an exam and the other person fails, what do you perceive?

Is the person that passed with 90% more intelligent than the person who scored 50%?

Or is the person who scored 50% less inclined to memorising and repeating information and more likely to draw multiple conclusions against one outcome?- Hence not scoring the point as a result of being less regimented in their structure.

What is the perception of true intelligence and how do we measure it?

Well the answer to that would be based solely on your perception!

You see, perception is such a complex phenomenon but once understood, it's very simple to understand how many aspects of life and the people around us really function.

One of the most commonly asked questions based on perception is "What is success?"

Is success being a millionaire? Having a family? Escaping a refugee camp in Calais and making it across to the English border?

One's perception on anything life cannot be pinpointed or assumed, which is the reason why every human being on this Earth is so unique.

Perception can be ambiguous and biased at the same time, so next time anyone asks you for your thoughts or opinions on a certain topic, remember that conflicting opinions should not result in an argument because no matter what, we cannot expect everyone to be the same as us.

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