I can already imagine my professors running after me with giant scissors, screaming at me to hand them back my diploma. But don’t get me wrong, everyone. Grades do matter, but as in all things in life, grades are not the only things that people will look at when they assess you as a professional.
I’m jumping the gun here, so let me backtrack a bit. To do that, let me invite you to assess what grades are. They’re numerical or alphabetical representations of your ability to do things inside the classroom, or at least in a controlled classroom-like environment.
You can get grades for fieldwork, a formal class with formal examinations, or a thesis/dissertation course. Grades are given by people who have set standards in order to assess whether you are advancing in your knowledge.
Grades can be subjective. Even if you have twenty people coming up with a final grade for you, your grade will still be based on what they believe are standards for assessing your progress.
I love writing. I love debating. I love getting up on stage and presenting my research. I’ve always loved communication, which is why I find it difficult to sympathize with students who whine about communication courses and how they’re “useless.”
In a previous blog post, I talked about communication courses being a golden ticket to success in the workplace. I can’t stop repeating it: you need a very good communication background to stand out when applying for a job. You need very good communications foundations to succeed in your career. Some people make communicating look easy – but mind you, that’s the biggest illusion.
It’s not as easy as it looks because communication takes years to hone. It takes years of practice and constant activity to keep on talking and connecting with an audience. It takes years of practice and constant activity to keep on writing and sharing information.
If you didn’t have a lot of communications courses in college, or if you feel that you need to beef up your communications credentials, then here are a few ways that you can do it. Remember, it’s never too late to train yourself to be a better person!