This post has come about for a few reasons. I read a post on another students blog a week or so ago about how they felt marketing students weren’t being given enough information on how to choose the best course for them at university, how nobody gives a damn and how its everyone’s fault except from the students etc etc. I am not naming names here, mostly because the post and its comments got unnecessarily and childishly out of control and I don’t think the post really would have done anything for author professionally anyway. Adding to that, a couple of my own frustrations trying to figure out what subjects to do next semester at university and also the fact I started another website specifically as a support network for marketing students in Australia which I’ll explain in another post in the next couple of days.
So my question is, are students getting the support they need? Students are always quick to complain, it was one of the first things that became apparent when I begun my degree. They complain about the university, how things are disorganised, how complicated it was to pick and enrol in units, how hard exams are, how much debt they are getting into and the list goes on. In my opinion, in general, YES students are given enough support. You don’t think you have been given enough information about a course, well do some research, talk to people who have done the course, email an academic advisor, see a careers advisor. It’s called a little bit of work and taking initiative and doing something they haven’t been told to do seems just way too hard for some students. Don’t wait for the universities to email you about suitable internships, go out and find them and email companies. The problem is, students come out of high school having been the centre of attention and then university makes them think a little for themselves, which they fight against. You end up with 20 somethings coming out of university with a degree, no real life experience and expecting to fall into a comfy, high paying job.
I agree it’s easy to get into a lot of debt without even knowing it whilst at university, but the same can be said when you are working. Yes everything maybe wasn’t explained very clearly, but if everything in the working world was crystal clear then most people would agree their job would be much easier, but reality is, it’s not always clear. Bosses change their mind, clients want to pay less and yes rent will probably increase more often then your pay. At the end of the day university is just as much about the experience as the education, in some cases it’s more about the experience. So to all you students out there, it’s time to quit complaining and start creating your own opportunities!