It is well known that when the infants grow, they learn about the basic virtues in life from their mothers, while on mothers’ laps, and at mothers’ feet. The father also plays his role in giving moral support and emotional security to the child and defends the child from external threats. Both parents are thus sources of support and encouragement to the child, at home. The values imbibed by the tiny tots at home are further reinforced at school, by their teachers and the Principal and non- teaching staff. School is a place where the children are safe and secured from the outside world. It is a cocoon. Children learn by example and standards set by parents at home and teachers at school. Although the influence of the environment is there, it may not be a predominant factor in the upbringing of the children, as most of the time is spent at home and at school.
Now, when children leave school, they are exposed to the ‘BIG BAD WORLD’ and have to take small decisions at college, tuition classes, canteens, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. on their own. And A LOT CAN HAPPEN OVER COFFEE!!! The youngsters are vulnerable; hence this is the right time for them to know about life and why and how life is different and much more important than career.
Furthermore, the crucial importance of Communication skills and Presentation skills and the vital significance of having mastery over the lingua franca i.e. English, the international language of the world, cannot be overemphasized, knowledge of which are essential to succeed in this era of globalization. These aspects again are not taught in schools and colleges, and my experience shows that several bright students from even very good colleges are not able to progress in their career only because of the lack of communication skills. On the other hand, academically very average students are able to go much ahead and become decision makers at a young age. In addition, mastery over at least one foreign language and learning about cross-cultural differences in other countries and within India too, are also a must, to really be on top in this advanced global village.
I thank you for sparing your time to read this article. I do not expect or wish for any monetary remuneration or thanks or gratitude from my target audience or from society; I would rather thank them for giving me opportunities to share my knowledge and expertise with the community of children and young adults.
B.E. Mech. (COEP, Pune); P.G.D. – International Trade (IIFT, New Delhi)
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