What a question my fellow blogger Shackman has asked!
I was an indifferent student and failed to pass the Board Examinations for the School Leaving Certificate in the first attempt and had to take the supplementary examinations to pass them later.
I was however an avid Boy Scout and Cadet of the Naval Wing of the National Cadet Corps. These two programmes taught me a great deal of discipline, team spirit and patriotism that prepared me for the real world. Frankly speaking, apart from these two activities I cannot think of any that helped me later.
If however Business School is also included in the title, then I would say, yes it certainly did to the extent of getting me a Management Trainee’s position in a great company. Here too, what I learned as a trainee and junior Manager in the firm helped me a great deal later in my life than the theoretical knowledge that I had picked up in the Business School.
What both these institutions taught me however was how to learn. That prepared me for the real world as it does even today. This is why I maintain that education is learning to learn.
Shackman picked this week’s topic and so I will choose next week’s. Be sure to check Shackman’s take on this week’s topic.