A proactive approach by both parties is needed to bridge the gap between students and educational institutions.
Education is the birthright of every human being. A student’s education plays an important role in paving the way for career and future success. Education is not just about teaching principles and theories; It contributes to the overall development of a student, preparing him to be aggressive and strong as he confronts the world. However, there are several gaps between students and educational institutions that can deprive deserving students of their right to a proper education.
Gaps in student identification and selection
The Indian education system, though a strong one, always pressures students to focus on their scores and compete against each other to get the highest grades or marks in exams. As well as applying for higher education, the student identification and selection process involves rigorous filtration based on school numbers, test scores, college essays, and application forms. Students who can cross the cut-off or threshold are admitted, the rest have to look for alternative schools.
Higher cut-offs for high school and university admissions do not necessarily encourage students to be smarter or learn more. They, in fact, motivate the student to memorize better to score higher marks, although there is no need to understand or engage with the material. The high cutoff for numbers makes the selection process highly competitive and unhealthy, depriving many students of the opportunity for quality education because few of them had low numbers.
In such an arrangement, students do not get a chance to showcase their X-factor, or the unique qualities and abilities that they can bring to the table. Selection is made entirely on an academic or test basis, with the best scores being joined by the club.
Fortunately, there are platforms and resources like LinkedIn or digital interview platform Xtraview, which allow students to show who is outside of their grades and test scores, by sharing their experiences or submitting recorded interviews alongside their written application.
The gap that prepares students with communication skills is critical to real-world success
Several outstanding scholars with high-average intelligence and ability sometimes fall behind because they do not have communication skills. To be ready for the real world and to be successful, every student needs to have mindfulness, confidence and good communication skills.
India currently has the highest number of unemployed youth. You may ask, why?
The answer is that more than half of the students who have successfully graduated from engineering, medical and other colleges do not have the skills required for successful recruitment. They could make it through memorized written tests, but other important skills, such as communication and practical application of knowledge, were significantly lacking.
The Indian education system places more emphasis on an independent way of learning and growth rather than encouraging the development of teamwork and interpersonal skills. Effective communication in front of an audience, in front of an interviewer, or with your peers is the only way to grow in the real world.
Nowadays, almost every interaction, be it with professors, colleagues, clients or supervisors, has gone online. Therefore, every student must be equipped with the right tools needed for effective and accurate communication, whether online or in person.
The development of a student’s public speaking skills and confidence is an important element of face-to-face interactions, whether for an interview to enter college as a student or to communicate with prominent people and important representatives and corporates much later in life.
In addition to the skills offered by universities, students can actively upgrade their skills by looking for communication courses and workshops. When choosing a workshop, it is important to make sure that it is conducted by qualified experts, that includes both online and offline communication, and that it offers hands-on practice rather than just theory. Above all, preparing for a mock interview gives students the opportunity to put their learning into practice and further refine their skills.
A proactive approach by both parties is needed to bridge the gap between students and educational institutions. By doing this, students will be prepared to present their best through interview and face-to-face interactions. Similarly, educational institutions can upgrade their traditional method of student selection and expand their learning opportunities to better equip their graduates with the skills to succeed in today’s competitive and dynamic workforce.