I started teaching another Undergrad course in Critical Thinking yesterday. I am always excited about a new class and meeting all the students. They are bright eyed as they begin a new course and see their own finish line approaching with each class they finish.
As a part of my class structure everyone introduces themselves and provides a bio. In case you didn’t already know, I teach in an online environment so I have students all over the Country and at times the world. The Bios are pretty interesting as student share where they have traveled, their past work experiences, information about their families and information about why they are continuing their education.
As you may suspect, the majority are in school to finish a degree they may have started years ago. Some had to leave school to take care of families, others state they weren’t ready to buckle down and do what it takes to make the grades. Their discipline was lacking at the time. Now that they are older and see that they can’t advance without a degree, they are back in school.
There is something to be said about being in the “real” world before continuing on with your education after High School. For one, you are in school because it is your choice, not the choice of your parents. Your commitment is with yourself. The other is that you can get a feel for how business works. Regardless of the business, there are employees, supervisors, managers, and the executive. The impression that these people have on you is one that provides alerts for how you would like to be or not want to be.
My adult learners have all ready been in situations that provided them with either good examples of management skills or bad. As an executive I certainly hope that my affects on people have been positive. Based upon some of the discussions in my class, there are many managers that are giving the title of Management a bad name. I hope that what ever level you are at in your company, you realize that someone is learning from you. Now the question is are their learning good things or bad?