I am not sure all college students understand the importance of their college experience to their professional life. College is about preparing students for success in their chosen professional careers. In college, students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the professional workforce. College teaches students how to work under pressure, the importance of quality of performance, teamwork, and the importance of meeting schedules. While not necessarily directly stated in college, all of the characteristics just cited also teach a student to be cost-effective. Students should take time to analyze what college does to prepare them and be thankful that college addresses many if not all of their professional requirements. A conversation between a professor and a student:
Student: Since you were a successful business person, are there any suggestions you can give me that will help me be successful when I graduate from college and start work?
Professor: Well, to begin with, you can start turning your work in on time.
Student: You know I have other classes.
Professor: In business, your client doesn’t care about your workload…only that you deliver on time.
Professor: You also got D’s and C’s on the work you did turn in.
Student: Well at least I passed.
Professor: Your grades are a reflection of the quality of your work. Companies want quality work…as do their clients.
Student: But I improved my quality on the redo.
Professor: Redo’s cost time and money that the company or client must absorb...unacceptable!
Professor: Also, you have cut too many classes.
Student: But I had good reasons…there were those days I had an itchy nose.
Professor: Absenteeism is a major cause of poor quality and missing deadlines…and angry clients.
Student: So, you suggest that if I want to be successful in the workplace, I should focus on doing quality work the first time…meet deadlines…and thereby be cost-effective.
Professor: You finally learned a valuable lesson for success in college as well as in the workplace. Now go practice for the rest of your time in school.