Daily Lessons from Life 15 April 2018 - "Make sure u fail!?" n 2nd Arms Race in Education?
"Make sure you fail: On the Record with NTU Provost Ling San" and "Commentary: A second education arms race may be on the horizon
Job seekers are increasingly expected to possess not just a degree but internships, leadership roles, community projects, overseas experience and other credentials. Recruiters and job seekers alike can do something to prevent a vicious circle, says one observer."
I m not sure if NTU Provost Ling San was serious or that he was misunderstood when he said this: "Make sure you fail", even with his clarification that he really meant: "Get out of your comfort zone n take a subject that you think you might not do well or even fail"!!
For me, even in the latter description, you go in with tne mindset that: "I will try to make it work n if it didnt, it won't b for want if trying!" as NO ONE should go into anytging to ensure one will fail!!
My take on the 2nd arms race in education story are:
a. employers will continue to use branded universities for 1st round selection of fresh graduates as it is more efficient n effective. They will then look for meaningful CCAs, excellent internship or attachment performances, etc. by and large. Private uni qualification will get the 2nd look if needed!;
b. if one is into a 2nd job, it will b wise to forget about even work for an employer that still ask for your educarional backgrounds as they should just focused on "what hv u done n what were the results"!! Such employes r so unenlightened that they dont deserve u!!;
c. in the case of jobs more than applicants, any bodies will do!! In the case of applicants more than jobs, branded universities will hv advantages! It is not fair. We know! Yet, that is how it is in reality!
For specialsed fields, maybe a pure test or application of required skills.
All the best to the private uni graduates! It is a tough world out there!!
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
Have your visited the www.7eleadership.com website?
2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old