“Involve me and I will never forget”. Those are the words that jumped out at me from the screen. What were they supposed to mean? As I read further, I found out about experiential learning and I found new hope surging in my heart.
Moms, Dads, Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents…all of them talk of how easy life is “at your age”, but it’s not all song and dance being a twenty-something year old at all! If you want to study further the cut-offs are so horrendous as to be unrealistic. And to what end? BA, B.Com, MBA: these are just so many letters strung together: advertisements for jobs ask for graduates with experience. And to top it all, you have to listen to how Aunty Know-it-All’s son did THIS, or that saint Bunty who listened to his Dad and did THAT! So why not arm yourself with what the cool gurus of experiential education are preaching and with great results?
What’s experiential about it?
Ever tried learning to ride a bike by reading a book about it? You’d fall flat on your back. Experiential learning would have put you on the bike after explaining how to balance and then given you a helping hand until you found your balance. It incorporates the practical with the bookish so that the student can understand how to apply learning to life. A teacher in this system is a ‘facilitator’ who will help you analyse what you have learnt AND how to use it.
Conventional higher education programmes today have not adapted to new expectations; students need to be armed to face the challenges of the job market. Experiential learning in accounting and business programmes involves internship and job-shadowing, not just pen and paper and exams: this is learning as a concrete experience.
Distance learning- the other Mantra
Work and study. e-Learning. Distance learning. Materials for this kind of non-classroom learning are produced by a university, college or a learning provider and are sent directly to the student or accessed via the internet.
Distance learning has been touted as the tool to take learning out of the constraints of time and space (the classroom) where more conventional methods are not available to the student/learner.
But it comes with many pitfalls.
There’s very little interaction with the teachers, absolutely no exchange of ideas and conversations with peers and, as far as the real world of application is concerned, the distance learner might as well live on another planet. In fact, a study of a US community college showed that distance learning’s biggest barriers were language, time management and study skills. The result: a high dropout percentage.
So, given a choice, which would you choose?
Today’s Trinity: Banking, Finance and Business
There’s no denying that these three form the basis of any activity today. Can you run a software business which does not touch on all these?
Can you work in the pharmaceutical industry without having an idea about all or any of these?
Every aspect of life depends on the generation and management of a medium of exchange, which is what finance is. Nothing free in this world but Mother’s Love!
Imagine being taught by ex-bankers, industry professionals and reaping the benefits of their rich experience! At TKWs Institute of Banking and Finance, this is exactly what is done.
Interaction with peers on projects, competitions and excursions drives the development of the student’s personality and leadership skills.
The student learns how to set goals and focus on achieving them: the value of hard work, initiative, punctuality and total commitment are some of the characteristics that are instilled into student DNA.
The world is a multifaceted entity. Study tours, where students will interact with finance professionals, widen their horizons and give them new perspectives about business and life in other parts of the world. Web streaming of lectures from reputed institutes like Harvard and international guest faculty make for a truly global education.
Choose the course of your life
There are many courses to choose from at the graduation and the post graduation level. You can actually do your conventional B.Com AND earn an advanced diploma in banking and finance simultaneously. You can top up a graduation degree with a course in the essentials in banking and finance which makes you job ready for writing the PO exams and a banking career.
Financial expert? Marketing specialist? Investment banker? All these careers are within your grasp. Make your choice.
At TKWs Institute of Banking and Finance, we understand that value of networking. Internships with related industry are the obvious extension of what experiential teaching offers. It gives the student a real taste of things to come and, very often, opens the door to a satisfying career.
You can have your feet on the ground with not even the sky limiting the possibilities of the path your life can take. Today’s generation needs education tailormade to today’s needs: more action, less talk.