Did School Prepare You For The Real World? 2 On 1 # 2.

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.

17 thoughts on “Did School Prepare You For The Real World? 2 On 1 # 2.”

  1. No it certainly did not, nor did it give me the best chance of finding enjoyable employment. We were seen for the most part as cannon fodder. We were expected to work in factories. I had no idea that park Rangers existed, anything to do with wildlife or the environment.
    However, after years of hard work I am finally where I want to be, so all is well 🙂
    Regards, Keith.
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    1. I am not at all surprised Keith. Both my fellow blogger Shackman and I also came to the same conclusion. I wonder if the younger of my readers will come up with different points of view.

  2. I went to low quality schools, but had a love for learning. The end takeaway that I got from all this is that if you want to learn something, you will need to do it yourself and don’t expect any help or encouragement. That is my starting point for working through life. Hopefully it makes me take more notice and be more appreciative of those who do provide help or encouragement.
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    1. Yes, both of us had the sense enough to infer that going to school was simply a process for learning to learn. Your concluding sentences say volumes about your character and alas this is not taught in our schools anywhere in the world. At least not to the best of my knowledge.

  3. My school totally didn’t prepare me for the real world. My secondary school (a boarding school) was a closed institution, sealed off from the rest of the world and run on authoritarian lines that meant I had to follow a fixed daily timetable and wasn’t encouraged to be independent in any way. When I finally entered the real world and got my first job, I was amazed how ignorant I was compared with my workmates. Virtually everything I now know about the real world I learnt AFTER leaving school.
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    1. I had the benefit of great teachers only in Business School. Our Head Master in school was a highly respected figure and a well known educationalist but he did not actively teach and that perhaps was the reason that while I respected him, I could not think of any other teacher who had any kind of an impact on me.

  4. I honestly can’t think of anything that was truly of outstanding value except the ability to type. at least I have always been able to use that.
    having a natural curiosity about life and everything is important.
    also the ability to read well. but my grandmother taught me that before I started school.
    there were two teachers in high school that I remember as inspiring.
    I’d have to say reading well and curiosity and good public libraries educated me more than the public school system.
    I have learned much more years later by all kinds of documentaries made by film makers who have the integrity to get their facts straight and make the subject interesting. I’m still learning.
    but I love all the alternative options to traditional schooling now that young people have. it’s very exciting. I would have taken that route if it were available then.
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    1. What a sad commentary! Even the options that you mention for the new generations are all optional and not what are available in the formal education streams. It is the individual who decided to learn or let matters rest.

  5. Your experience was very similar to mine. College offered real world prep, everything prior simply offered child care, although I thoroughly enjoyed high school. Our educational system is severely broken with no real help on the horizon.

  6. nothing much gained for me and it wasn’t until after I had finished high school that my mother sent me to a private business school and I learnt how to touch type – the rest I didn’t seem to need.

    we were talking a bit about this on a f/b page the other day – about whether financial literacy is part of the schedule yet, as this is a very important aspect of life that people fail to grasp…

    later if I needed to know something it was an encyclopedia that helped, now it’s the internet which might also allows me to look for a book title that I find easier in the long run to use for info

    1. Today’s children have the great advantage of the internet. We did not have. Despite that, I do not find young Business School graduates any wiser than we were when we graduated.

      1. Yes, the internet is a great resource, but even the net has “authors of questionable knowledge, just like maybe getting 20 self-help books, all with radically difference slants on how to go forward…sometimes you have to sift/sort through what you could use, and then think again whether you could use it for a future. I say “a future” because today you have many options (if you wish) to chop and change that current future.

        Even though I have not had a lifetime career, I didn’t start out as an artist.

  7. From the age of eleven until I was sixteen I attended an all boys Church of England school, which was not exactly the best place to learn about ‘the real world’. This was in the early 1950’s. In those days very few youngsters in the UK went on to university or other ‘higher education’ and I must say that starting work as a junior clerk came as quite a shock. My limited knowledge of Latin wasn’t much use and my certificate for religious knowledge was no bloody good when doing the filing or making the tea for my fellow workers.
    Luckily these fellow workers were a friendly and likeable bunch (including all those pretty young typists) and I certainly learned far more about what to expect from ‘the real world’ from them than I ever did from any sanctimonious school master.
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    1. Thank you. Like you, I too had some seniors helping me out and guiding me / easing me into real life in my youth. Some of the lessons learnt then were far more valuable in later life than anything I learnt in schools.

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