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Education: Stair To Job

In the life of his own every person had several sorts of necessities which are related with the day to day life of the peoples and for the completion of these either one has to do a job or the another option is to carryout a business and in between both of these money making options, the option of doing a business is not possible for all as in it there are various sorts of requirements such as huge investment, manpower, financial stability etc. whereas on the contrary of it the option of doing job is appropriate and suitable for all sorts of peoples those who are literate or illiterate.

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There are several sorts of job options available all over the world but the problem is that there are innumerable peoples and the opportunities are very less in the comparison of all job seekers and there are various sorts of reasons behind this among which there is one specific reason which is the cause behind complete difference between the jobs and its seekers and it is the education system. And along with it, the interest of the people towards the education also matters a lot as if one is not interested in studying then who one could become literate.

In the field of education, the interest of a person matters a lot as because when one is interested in it then only he or she could understand the things well and could does better further in their life if they have interest in studying, they could easily make the career of their own in a better field in which they are having interest and would reach to higher position in any of the sector related with their interest’s field and will usually lead to the way of happier living further.

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Distance Learning Is Beneficial For All

In the life of our own all of us are having lots of necessities in which the basic needs of bread, clothing and dwelling are the most important one for all of us apart from these basic needs there are various other sorts things as well which are having an important role of their own in the life of ours and without these the life of ours seems incomplete and among all of them education is the most important thing. But as because of various sorts of circumstances most of the peoples leave their education in between and along with these types of people there are various other peoples as well who weren’t able to attend classes regulary in colleges because of their busy life full of various works and responsibilities.

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The alternative option of the regular college education is now available in the form of distance learning which is boon for those people who could not complete their education as because of any sort of reason. The option of distance learning is available in various different forms such as correspondence through postal system, course material on CD, web conferencing and online courses and classes. For creating the classroom atmosphere a classroom of any college is used for this and the students had been given text books and they interact with the professors through video conferencing for attending the lectures and to do discussion over any matter, along with this there is an other option for the students who could not attend the classes they can download the lectures from the internet.

Earlier, before the advent of internet the distance learning is done through correspondence via the postal system and further through CD and DVD discs in which the lectures of the professors are recorded and along with it other important things which are necessary for the students. Taking the examinations of the distance learning students is a big challenge as if the student give exam from its own home he could help from the books or from any one else even if he gives it online, there fore for solving this problem the examinations were held in colleges for prevention of the cheating.

The facility of distance learning is very lucrative for those who had not completed their education earlier and as well as for those too who are not able to complete their education at present, without doing any sort of adjustments in the daily life of own anyone could complete its own education.

Selecting an Executive Business School

Most students tend to choose the business school with the best reputation – in other words, most ‘A’ grade business schools and which have the highest ratings. In terms of overall value, this is obviously a good thing. However, the course must suit you in all the above-mentioned respects or you might not be able to finish it. Dropping out because it is no longer affordable is also not very helpful. So choose wisely and poll all the options open to you before you make a final choice of business school programs to pursue.

There are many factors that you should consider while selecting a business school:

• Is it affordable? – The higher the ranking of the business school, the higher the fees will be.

• What are my chances of selection? – Go through some of the business school’s previous entrance examination papers and determine how prepared you are for its standards of entry.

• How would it affect my personal life? – Attending a particular business school may mean that you have to leave your hometown. You may lose touch with your friends or valuable contacts. If you are married, this could be very significant.

• What are my career goals? – The business school’s syllabus will tell you whether you really need to learn it all. There is little point in becoming proficient in skills and acquiring knowledge you may never need.

If you will launch your career only after completing business school, choose the one with the highest rate of job placements. Decide what you are looking for. Make a clear set of career goals. Assess your financial capabilities. Afterwards, shortlist the business schools you are most interested in and visit them personally. Do not depend on rankings alone – they may not be accurate. You must feel comfortable in its environment. Ensure that there is no discrimination on color, creed or gender. Calculate your chances of completing your chosen course there successfully.

Choosing the right business school for you is a matter of extensive research. The time you spend doing this research is a very worthwhile investment, so do not take shortcuts. Especially, if choosing an MBA programme. 

Catch-22

The Government has reduced postgraduate funding for arts and humanities. What is the immediate and immanently recognisable effect of this? More students forced to take their postgraduate degrees part time. But what may not be fully understood yet is the full extent of the detrimental effect this will have on poorer students who want to continue their studies. It might be assumed by most that although much has been cut, there will still be some funding for poorer students, and so it may be categorized as merely importunate rather than despicable and illiberal (in the traditional sense).

The terms above might be described by some as harsh and unrealistic, because, after all, times are hard. So, why must these stronger terms be applied? Because, for the poor, they have not merely reduced the means by which studying may be facilitated but almost completely eliminated it. There is now no funding at all for standalone Masters’ degrees, and there are so few research preparation Masters’ (those which are combined with a PhD) that they may as well not exist at all. Many Universities simply do not have funded Master’s in humanities subjects at all. Considering that a Master’s is generally required for a PhD, which could still be funded, things may start to become clearer. You need a Master’s to do your doctorate, but there is no funding for Masters’, therefore you cannot do a Doctorate, as to get the necessary funding you need already to possess the prerequisite. It really is catch-22.

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Naturally, one can take a postgraduate degree part time. That is, two years for a Master’s degree and six years for a PhD. But then, the question has to be: who can be an academic before they are middle aged? Who can get those top jobs that require postgraduate qualifications, when a ready flow of wealthy full time students are coming out of these institution and snatching up those jobs? And it must also be remembered that a part-time degree cannot possibly deliver the rigour and intensity of full time; after all, those in part time study must balance the amount of concentration they can reserve for their intellectual pursuits against that required in maintaining full time employment.

To those who pronounce – this word, I think, captures the nonchalant ideology of those who do say such things without due regard for the facts as they are rather than how they would like them to be – that funding should and could come from the private sector, or from other means of finance devised by the Universities themselves, it is only possible to reply that this would be ideal, but the state funding, as state funding always does, has killed off any private interest in such investments and the Universities, having been previously reliant on Government handouts, lack the infrastructure necessary to fill the gap. The result being that the hole in humanities funding left by Government cuts will take many years to be filled by private initiatives either from within or without the Universities leaving a lost generation of ordinary working class people who were unable to “get on” or fulfil their “aspirations” (I believe these are the words that Cameron keeps repeating like some kind of parrot); it is the end of meritocracy, and a consolidation of the many years’ burgeoning plutocracy that will take its place.

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The top executive programmes in Holland

There is no better way of learning than being directly in contact with like-minded professionals. This is why executive higher education programs have become popular for professionals who want to take their education to the next level. The Netherlands has become a popular choice for people seeking higher education as English is widely spoken and the country has good links with the rest of Europe.  Naturally, people want to go to the most prestigious university and they are on the look out for an international business school with good rankings, even if they are only after a part-time MBA.

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An online education could be the stepping stone to get the degree that can help you boost your career. The best online MBA programs have sufficient resources and support services such as career placement that are available even if you can’t make it to campus. They also offer services that are satisfying to the students, and the value for the money got can be recognised.

Having an online learning course will give you the biggest benefits of online learning, with no scheduled classes that have to be attended, and most importantly the chance to learn at your own speed and pace. It should also be affordable to you, and give you the benefit of taking as many courses at one time as you can afford. A good online program should be flexible to you, such that you get the time to balance your studies and your work, and also be able to study at home comfortably. For this to be possible, it has to offer sufficient reading materials for research.

If you are not a fan of attending classes, the best online MBA program should offer you the comfort of studying from your home. It should also be easy to transfer any credits that you earn to another educational institution. Since the program is part time, it should not interfere with your work schedule, although there are at times when you may be required to take time from work.

It is possible to see rankings of the best executive MBA programs in Europe, this way you will be able to look at trusted 3rd party reviews.  This should allow you to interact very closely with the course materials and other students, whether you meet them or not. The ease and simplicity to apply online and also to order your course materials and receive it on time should also be considered. Finally, when applying for an online MBA program, make sure that the school is accredited, to avoid enrolling in schools that will only waste your time and money.

Gove’s education reforms won’t work!

Michael Gove recently retreated on certain key aspects of his planned reforms of GCSEs in England and Wales. The Ebacc and the elimination of exam board competition are no longer going to happen. As far as the former goes, it would not have mattered, since the effects would have been negligible. But the latter was essential, and without it, his education reforms are doomed to failure.

The idea, firstly, that his reforms would have been pernicious, is just plain nonsense; the Ebacc would have been the GCSE under a different name, a one-size-fits-all exam that has to be easy enough for the least capable, and so cannot, by its very nature, challenge the most capable. That he wishes to make these exams more rigorous is admirable, but as long as the GCSE is one examination for all, this is simply unworkable.

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There are those who pronounce that the alternative would be a two-tier education system, as if that attestation in itself were an iteration so damnable as to be not susceptible of any response. But they ignore the fact that there already is under the GCSE and would continue to be under the Ebacc, a two-tier system. Except that the current education system is far more demoralising than anything which preceded it, for under this structure those at the bottom not only know that they are not as clever but must have this fact constantly ground in their face by the fact that they are literally denied a top grade.

Under the O-levels and CSEs, a student taking the CSE could attain a grade 1 (the top), it might not be the equivalent of an O-level grade 1, but they could take pride in their own achievement; now, the most any less capable student can be awarded is a grade C. What is more fair then, I ask you, an explicitly two-tier system that allows each to excel in his/her own way, or a system that preaches equality but is so easily revealed to be mendacious?

In terms of the elimination of exam board competition, however, a genuine difference could have been made. It should not be surprising and is mentioned regularly in newspapers and by the education secretary himself that competition between the exam boards combined with result dependent school league tables has produced a ‘race to the bottom’ for standards. The only feasible solution to this problem would be to hand back controls for setting exams to the Universities and to abolish school league tables. Although this in itself would only be meaningful when combined with reforms of the exams themselves.

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Introduction of GPA grading system in UK would bury failure under a mountain of numbers and procedures

In a recent article on the Times Higher Education Supplement’s website – View it here – it is mentioned both that Russell Group Universities wish to introduce and that the NUS have voted against an American-style grade point average system. An accurate description of what this system entails or how it works would take up far too many words here; indeed, one could write a book. Its complexity, however, is not the most disturbing aspect of the proposal. Although that certainly compliments the far more sinister motivations behind the suggestion.

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There are two angles in particular that need to be examined: the first is the suggestion that it would eliminate the ‘”cliff edge” effect whereby all graduates with a 2:2 are ruled out by some employers’ and the second is the claim that it will ‘encourage students to work harder’.

Of the first argument, if it can intelligibly be described as such, I think the immediate response should be: do you really think employers are that stupid? There is a reason that students with 2:2s are ruled out, and it’s not simply prejudice. The employers don’t rate the degrees, or the students receiving them. Changing the grading system will make it more difficult for a while to tell which students are good and which are not but they will eventually catch up. It’s like giving a new coat of paint to a boat with a gaping hole in the bottom, hoping that its buoyancy will be improved thereby.

Of the second, that it will make the students harder working, one can only say that it is somewhat like loading a mule with a pile of bricks on the theory that that will make its journey more worthwhile. If the requirements for each component of a course remain the same, then the fact that it is now also required that students should expend equal effort on all elements, not, it must be said, the most revolutionary shift from the current situation, will only change the quantity of work but not the quality.

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