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Good grades won’t make you a better employee

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We live in a world where we need to compare ourselves to others. I remember when I was playing soccer and I was looking at the other kids wondering why I wasn’t as good as them.

It’s in our nature to do so. We want and love to compare different aspects of our life. How much money are you making in a year? What type of car are you driving? How muscle mass do you have? Etc.

But even if we compare ourselves, we need to do more than a simple analysis of the factors we’re looking at. We need to see under the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re looking at someone physical abilities. You can do the easy way and just say: Well, this person has an incredible genetic. But if you’re looking deep down into the situation, you might learn something else.

This person probably doesn’t eat junk food like you, exercise at a level you never reach before and make this part of his life his number one priority.

The same goes for negative aspects. If you’re judging a book by his cover, you won’t discover the journey inside the book and why it’s looking like that.

But our school system doesn’t think that way and make you compare to others by an archaic grading system.

Let me tell you why I think your school grades won’t make you a better employee and why we need to stop comparing ourselves for a second.

Treating everyone as they were the same.

Since we’re young, we are told we are unique. That there’s no one like us.

If that’s really the case, why do we all need to fit in a pre-designed model?

There a quote attributed to Albert Einstein (even if there is no evidence whatsoever he said that) which go as follows:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

It’s true. The actual model of education doesn’t fit all great minds. It does not require education to be considered someone bright, but society tries to push this idea.

Everybody might know a genius who doesn’t like school or didn’t think it was made for them.

And truly, I believe we’re losing their potential by restraining them to do work they would excel at.

Because if we treat everyone as they were the same, how can we hope to be special?

An obsolete curriculum of school against the workplace

For some programs, what you learn in a great representation of what you’re going to at your job.

But for the great majority, what you’re learning in school isn’t a exactly what you’ll be doing in a few years.

If I take my field of study, for example, we’re seeing a bunch of matrices and templates. Those matrices help us understand the way marketing work, but we are really far from reality.

You won’t do those matrices at your real job. You’ll do digital marketing campaigns.

Do you know of many classes with digital marketing I had the chance to get in my 90-credit curriculum? One.

On 30 classes, I only had one who really means 80% of my job.

And I know that every program has courses that won’t help us. But if I take a second look at the classes I got, it was pretty far from reality.

And that’s why so many people can do marketing without a bachelor’s degree.

Because it’s accessible. And that’s great! But why do we need to keep learning obsoletes theories that won’t reflect on our tasks in the workplace?

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Taking time to discover ourselves

Some people are good at school, but need clears directions to excel at their jobs. Others don’t quite fit in the mold but show autonomy in the workplace.

We are different from our ways of learning, our interest and our logical ways of solving problems.

If you’re a straight A’s student, that’s great because you’ll be able to have access to better schools and those will put you forward in job application against others.

You might get the mention magna cum laude or even summa cum laude, and you have all the reason to be proud.

But for other students, being able to get even a C grade might be a difficult journey.

As you grow in your school curriculum, you’ll discover which way make you learn better and how well you perform at exams.

Take time to discover yourself, some will need a great GPA to be able to access master degrees or cutting-edge jobs, others will need to have school project involvement.

Don’t focus essentially on comparing yourself to others and ask if a better grade will automatically make a better employee because it won’t.

Focus on getting out of the herd, standing out for yourself, and discover what makes you different.

The only comparison you’ll need is how better you can be from yesterday.

It’s easy to ask how much a person is making by the hour, or how well you did after an exam.

But let’s take account that a bunch of external factors have an input on your results. Teachers, the size of a business, your bosses, your family, your goals, etc.

Everyone has to take the same program of tests, exams, and classes. But everyone has different lives to live.

Don’t compare yourself to others, but instead, try to be better than you were yesterday.

Because even if your grades don’t have a direct impact on how well you’ll perform in the workplace.

Doing well at exams will show your performance and forced you to improve.

And being better than you were tomorrow might help you just enough to stand out at your future job.

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Gabriel Bujold

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