Are Business Courses What Business Courses Need To Be To Inspire Students To Study Success?
To gain a competitive edge, university students need the skills they learn in the classroom. Those skills — teamwork, public speaking, critical thinking, problem solving, communication — are what make them effective members of society and the best equipped to fill jobs and attain lofty career goals.
Today’s college students have an increased expectation of themselves and their role in society. Educators and employers alike view studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as essential, and increasingly, students are looking at higher education as a gateway to these high-paying careers.
Our current culture of higher education has flipped. Instead of moving people through simple education courses, students at many American colleges and universities are now spending large amounts of time engaged in hands-on learning and vocational experiences. And, they’re receiving national recognition for their efforts.
Case in point: over 1,000 students from around the world judged finalists in the Invent Tomorrow! Manufacturing Challenge earlier this month, where they were presented with the opportunity to make a business selling their invention in international trade. Kudos to the Oklahoma student who developed, “Voltron Chair – Sleek, Extra Energy and Portable,” the winner of the online competition to invent the “next big innovation.”
The ability to balance work and family life is the must-have skill for today’s modern student. Students are being brought into colleges and universities for life-long learning, an expanded academic program that offers broad-based career training and hands-on, experiential learning.
For many students, the business or career experience – and how it ultimately impacts their learning and experience in the classroom – are inseparable.
The Fast Company case study of Amarion University demonstrates the number of colleges and universities seeing the value in expanding business and career experience for students. Last year, 21 colleges competed in Fast Company’s largest business-related challenge ever.
Amarion University, a Nashville institution chosen as one of five finalists, came in first in the college of business category for its case on how to better blend formal and extracurricular learning, involving an immersive workshop in the digital media creation market place. The workshop, Advanced Media Production for Salesforce, was a hands-on experience for participants as they developed concepts that would influence their teaching and student teaching at Amarion.
“We are thrilled for Amarion. They clearly engaged with Fast Company on a level that yielded results that set them apart and will help them on their journey,” says Dan Raines, editor in chief at Fast Company. “For them, and others like them, an engaged student learning experience is vital for on-the-job training and success in their professional world. That’s why our contest is inspiring all the way across the business and academia spectrum.”
The innovation challenge at Amarion highlights a need that exists across the entire educational system. The ‘This Is YOUR Job … So What?’ Challenge was founded in 2013 by Johnny Bezmalin, founder of Manly Works, a technology firm in Australia. His goal was to find engaging ways to get university students thinking about the skills they need for a job in the digital world. “Students need to be taught the career skills early on before they’re thrown in the hands of adults as they seek a job,” says Bezmalin. “We want to take traditional resumes into the digital world, where learning and learning continually evolves.”