What I wish I had been taught in college / university

The Ontario government announced that 9th graders (freshmen students in high school) will now be taught important life skills to improve their understanding in topics such as financial literacy, data management, and other real-world life applications. 📣

Previously, students would be sectioned into academic or applied maths…I'm not gonna lie, I did high school in Ontario and even I didn't know this 🥴. Though I went into the advanced IB (International Baccalaureate) program so maybe it didn’t apply to me.

Now there will only be a single curriculum, removing any potential biases that could cause students from marginalized communities to be discriminated against.

This is amazing because it means that they will now be in a better position to be able to understand real-world issues that directly impact them and their society.

This got me thinking about the (many) things I wish I had been taught in university… Not unlike a previous blog post were I details my top regrets I had coming out of school (read it here). I have often heard graduates complain about the 'filler' courses that they think could be put to better use and it wasn’t until I graduated that I fully understood what they were talking about. 🎓

We could've been offered courses like:

🧩 Investing, saving & the stock market

🧩 How to network and build relationship

🧩 LinkedIn masterclass

🧩 How to write a topnotch resume and cover letter

🧩 Job search strategies

🧩 Interview skills to help you communicate your story effectively

I did an interview recently with AfroGlobalTV (watch it here), where I mentioned that by implementing standardized courses like the ones I mentioned above, this could not only give students a wider perspective of what's available (for those doubting their choice of major), but it would also allow students enrolled in all different programs to get to know one another. 🤝

→ I have always hated the fact that it is so difficult for students of different faculties to interact. Engineering students do 101 week and orientation together and then you have all of your classes together as well. By the time we graduate our entire friend circle is only engineers. How does this help students learn how to think outside the box and interact with people that think differently than them?!

🔎 Pro tip: to be able to meet people in various faculties I recommend going to career fairs and events for different programs!

Ultimately, I am extremely happy that the Ontario government is making strides to help prepare students for the real world so that they do not become overwhelmed when they (inevitably) have to deal with such nuances.

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