Is Education Important Only for Employment Purposes?

In general, we believe that people with higher level of education will have better job prospects. This opinion does not come without reason, as can be seen from a study titled “Highlights from Education as a Glance” which declared that education is generally good insurance against unemployment, even in difficult economic times. The study highlighted that individuals with tertiary education have remained below 5 percent and below 8 percent for those with only an upper secondary education. Moreover, during recent economic crisis, increase in average unemployment rate for individuals without an upper secondary education was 1.1 percentage points higher than for those with at least an upper secondary degree.

Then, is it true that the main aim of education is for employment?

A quick answer is obviously NO. Now, let’s see the true definition of education first.

According to Google dictionary, education is process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.

Wikipedia defines education as process of facilitating learning, or acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age.

Encyclopaedia Britannica writes education as a discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning is schools or school-like environments as opposed to various non-formal and informal means of socialization.  

Business dictionary states that education is wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. It requires instruction of some sort from an individual or composed literature.

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From four aforementioned definitions, there is no implication that education is merely for employment preparation. It is much more than that. Poll from debate.org showed that 54 percent respondents answered ‘no’ for a question: is the main aim of education to prepare students for a career? One of respondents said, “Many people are rich. Knowledge is not only to prepare child for highest salary and packages, it is also to make them a good person for society. Schools are also prepared them to be a knowledgeable person to better our planet.”

Nathan William in his article published at HRinAsia also agreed that education degree does not define where one individual should work. As you see, many of graduates pursue their career according to their passion and/or ability. A few does pursue their career according to their certification. Education and scholarly degree might help you to be smarter in your decision-making and career/life choice. But “regardless of what subjects you are studying at school, college major should not limit or even force you to compromise your career interest in the longer run”, added Nathan.

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” – President John F. Kennedy

Jaiveer Yadav, educator at Unacademy, added that skills and knowledge acquired through traditional school and college education do help you to build a good career. Yet, broader than that, education can impact on your whole life which eventually improves your quality of life and career. So, do you still think that education is just for employment purposes?

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5 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander at Work

A survey from Monster.com found that two-thirds of working adults spend notable amount of time to daydream about having a different job. While this might seem harmless, dreaming about working in different role could be a sign that many employees are unfulfilled with their current position. Among common reasons of this phenomenon are because they feel underemployed or do not find the jobs challenging anymore. They might also have a toxic workplace or deal with difficult supervisor.

Not only about having new job, many workers also daydream about their current situation or even personal life while in a meeting or during their working hours. Thus, does daydreaming give bad impact to either company or productivity?

Eclipse Technoconsulting cited that “daydreaming might appear to be a waste of time. However, projects which are guided by rich imagination often run into fewer problems.  Even while not looking at anything in particular, daydreamer is granted with an incalculably valuable vision.” Giant company like Google allows its employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time at office daydreaming. Hence, daydreaming might not harm company or workers. It will benefit them, instead.

According to Georgia Institute of Technology study, daydreaming is a sign of cleverness. Eric Schumacher, Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and co-author of the study, said that “people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.” It implies that those who are more frequent daydreaming have higher score on intellectual and creative ability. The findings of the study also revealed that absent-minded individual who is off on his own world, sometimes oblivious to their own surroundings. “School children – for example – who are too intellectually advanced for their classes. While it may take five minutes for their friends to learn something new, they figure it out in a minute then check out and start daydreaming”, added Schumacher.

Moreover, Wellbe survey agreed that daydreaming can add more creativity to individuals who did it. It also helps them visualise a bigger solution by gaining new perspective on problem or linking to previously disjointed thought to come up with an original idea. Needless to say, you can access better and more unique ideas by allowing your mind to disconnect to everyday life or work routine. Another study from LiveScience also found that wandering mind is a stated where you can refocus to your task and be more productive than ever before.

Cristine Dell-Amore shared five fun facts about daydreaming that you probably never heard of:

 

  • As you get older, you daydream less – Daydreaming is about anticipating the future. For example, young you often have “power fantasies” if you become a superhero. And yet – as you get older, the amount of time you spend daydreaming decreases because probably the future shrinks.
  • When you are daydreaming, you will forget what you are doing – The type of daydreaming affects how much you forget current activity. For instance, you are asked to daydream about your childhood home. The further you back in time with your daydreaming, the bigger forgetting effect you’ll feel.
  • Daydreaming turns off other parts of the brain – You have two parts of brain, analytic one and emphatic one. When your mind wander, it naturally cycles through different modes of thinking. During this time, your brain tends to turn each other off.
  • Your brain (not your mind) controls your daydreams – When you daydreaming, your brain naturally fluctuates in certain ways. Thus, it shape the structure of your daydreaming.
  • Daydreaming makes you creative – Many studies have proved that daydreaming can improve creativity. It is because daydreams give you insight of wisdom which oftentimes, gives you solutions to problems that you have not considered before.  

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ – Nelson Mandela

People will understand more when we communicate with them using language they understand, and the same thing goes in terms of business matter. In today’s vast learning world where people are always eager to seek for new knowledge, English remains the first choice in language learning. As English is universally-used in diplomacy, business, and popular culture and spoken by billions of speakers, it becomes “the language of the world”.

However, not only English, there are some other languages you should learn if you want to reach the top of business market. Training Journal mentioned that “speaking more than one language can improve a person’s job prospects, potentially opening up opportunities for roles in global business.” Moreover, being a bi- or multilingual can help you make better decision-making, improve perception, have stronger relationship with others, as well as master the art of multitasking.

Here are 7 top languages that will help you face future workforce.

  • Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world with over one billion native speakers. In business, people who speak Mandarin will have huge advantage when you plan to tap into Chinese market. Thus, it will be much easier to develop all-important relationship if you speak Mandarin. As a leading country, China’s importance on diplomacy and trade has also grown exponentially. So, if you are planning to work in Asia, mastering Mandarin Chinese will add an invaluable string to your bow and open up a huge opportunity in career advancement as Mandarin is a language of a business future. Mandarin Chinese might be challenging and difficult language to learn, but it has no verb conjunction of distinction between number or gender. It also has a simple grammatical structures so you do not have to memorise much.

  • French

French is widely spoken as first language in European Union and is official language for 29 countries worldwide. French is among five largest industrial economies in the world, it has strong economy in agriculture to engineering and commerce. Thus, as French is spoken throughout the world and giving big influence in the industry, it becomes obvious that French language has become an integral ingredient of corporate success on an international scale.

  • Spanish

Spanish is the official language of the UN, EU, World Trade Organization, and North American Free Trade Agreement. It also is the third most used language on Internet due to the continuous growth in young and middle aged Spanish-speaking user base. Instituto Cervantes estimated that in 2050, United States will rank at the top, in terms of Spanish speakers, reaching up to 30 percent of its population.  It means learning Spanish is very useful in fields of mass-media and management to communicate especially if you are planning to work or leveraging your business in international scale.

  • Japanese

According to IFR, Japan is the world’s predominant industrial robot manufacturer. Japan is also the third largest national economy in the world after United States and China. Becoming the third largest in economy culture, Japanese language is spoken by more than 128 million native speakers and 128.3 million speakers worldwide. Thus, by learning Japanese, you can boost your professional value. You will also has less competitors when seeking for a job. Don’t forget that Japan is also a leading country providing a wealth of innovative opportunities.

  • German

Inlingua Edinburgh mentioned that German has had a long-standing, prominent role in international business throughout the years. It also is the second largest exporter and has a major role in international business. As Germany has the biggest economy in Europe, skills in German are highly desirable for any company interested in exporting. Therefore, no surprise that employers are more interested in hiring employees with strong German skills. Likewise, German is also widely spoken among Western European population which ensures plenty opportunities is waiting for German speakers.

  • Arabic

In recent years, Arabic language is proven to be a powerful language as Arabic-speaking countries play important major in global economy. United Language Group says that Arabic is currently ranked on Power Language Index (PLI) as the fifth most important language based on several factors such as number of native speakers, economic output, and importance of language in world diplomacy. There are 20 countries which official language is Arabic and there are nearly 300 million native speakers. Although Arabic language is as challenging as Chinese, once you master it, you will get a vast reward both in business and personal life.  

  • Russia

Spoken by more than 260 million people world over, Russian becomes the eighth most spoken language in the world. If you are interested in Russian culture and its hidden treasure, learning its language will be an advantage. Moreover, learning Russian language can also improve your employability. According to Mosa Lingua, Russia is trying to recuperate its position as a geopolitical leader along with the USA, EU, and other powers. Russia country is now a member of G20, BRICS, European Council, United Nations, UNESCO, and World Trade Organization. It means Russian language will be one of diplomacy and trade languages.

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