Confirmed! Only having a diploma is not enough

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An article, with this title, came out in Mladá fronta Dnes (Youth Front Today) on 24. 3. 2016.

Personnel and successful managers alike agree that when accepting graduates, the decision isn’t made according to grades or red marks on your diploma. They are most interested in internships while attending school, knowledge of languages, enthusiasm for the field, communication and organizational proficiency, etc.

I agree with all of this. For me, these points are some of the basic criteria I look for while searching for new employees.

A few connections came to mind while I was reading the article. Everything has more pages to it, and I should find balance even with this....

How much time for studying do students have if they have to chase after internships at the same time? I know that many have to work due to economic reasons. I think that internships only partly prepare students for their future occupation.

A friend of my daughter studies law in Prague and is surprised how much time Czech students devote to working while attending school at the same time. He said that he would not be able to allow himself to learn so much literature while writing so much work. He thinks he simply wouldn’t have the time. There, they are even dealing with student loans.

I often hear commentary in media about how the quality of the Czech schooling system is decreasing. University graduates criticize the nation's education. Is it not possible that this is in part due to the students not having the opportunity to dedicate more of their time to their studies? Or because society is pushing on them in the before stated articles? Apart from what I have been hearing the last little while, that students, who are actually hired continue to work long hours and they are insufficiently valued. They do the work than nobody else wants to do. It isn’t often that someone explains the work to them. Rather, many people yell at them, saying that they don’t know how to do anything. Do students gain real knowledge and good work habits with them thanks to their internships?

I read a study taken by one Czech university. According to this study, our universities do not prepare students for a practical life. Are the schools not relying on companies or do they rely on students alone? Are schools interested in whether their students are truly well prepared for a practical life? Is anything pushing the schools to give the students something more? Like that they should incorporate subjects such as communication, leadership, presentation skills, etc.? This situation isn’t good for the school, either. Maybe, in time, they will figure out that the train has left, that the students need different knowledge and different skills and that they will want to study somewhere else… 

What if it was like this?

If students studied what they were really enjoyed. If their motivation wasn’t just to have graduated from some university, because society or their parents forced them to be there. They, they would be able to better exhibit the enthusiasm and passion, which is being asked of them...

What if faculties cooperated less with companies and not at all with the outside world, but instead, figured out what work knowledge a graduate should know to be successful today? And then actually teach that?.

What if all employers were interested in teaching the students something during their internship, not to just use them as cheap labor like some do?...

Or if students could also take out student loans and then they would be able to more enjoy school and their successes?….