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CAREER / 14 December 2016
All Theory and No Practice - Where Education Falls Short Projectships Pick up the Slack
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Stefano Ganddini

I was helping my parent’s clean out the garage last weekend when I found a giant box full of binders containing all of my educational work. Like, ALL of my work. Each binder was overflowing with worksheets, study guides, homework assignments, project reports, lecture notes, etc. As I started going through each binder, it made me sad to think about how many hours and hours of work I had put into each class, and how I barely remembered any of it. If I had to guess, I probably only remember 30% of everything I learned in high school. If that. 


And I doubt this is unusual. 


It’s probably safe to say that most of us aren’t going to remember the majority of what we learn in school. There’s simply too much information, and it’s impossible to remember everything. The biggest reason why is most everything that is taught to us in school is conceptual and theoretical, void of real life experiences with actual companies. 


But that’s okay, because, at the end of the day, the most valuable part of high school (and college) isn’t learning how to balance a chemical equation or solve for the derivative of a function. The real value is learning the less tangible stuff, like how to manage your time, how to be self-disciplined, and most importantly, how to learn. These soft skills are exactly what companies are looking for in new hires. 


The point of an education is not to simply acquire knowledge while sitting in a classroom, but to develop the ability to acquire new knowledge, in any context, and to apply that knowledge to practice. Where many educational establishments fall short is failing to provide an equal amount of hands-on experience for every concept that is taught. That’s why working on projects for companies in real time will give you the opportunity to really test those practices and theories while recruiters can see what you know and decide whether or not they want to hire you. 


If you are sitting there thinking you are not getting the most out of your marketing or other business classes, maybe courses taught by industry professionals, that are out there working with different programs and understand what it is you need to know in the real world is worth trying out. It’s this ability to think critically and solve problems that will help you stand out and succeed in your career, not your ability to memorize and regurgitate meaningless facts and equations. 


ProSky’s projectships are project-based internships that are designed to put you and the recruiter in the position to mutually evaluate each other. That way, the question of "is this job/career/company right for me?" and "is this candidate going to fit well with our culture here and can they do what they say they can do?" will be answered.  To make up for what they don’t get in the classroom— hands-on experience and real-life business skills.


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein


Invest in your future and register for a project with ProSky and start getting that real-world experience!