With the barrage of information and statement “we are better”, “we offer more”, “we are cheaper,” “we guarantee your outcome,” the advice here is to stay calm and search for experienced advisers who have relevant expertise in education & academic issues in Greece and abroad, and the corresponding needs of the labour market.
An experienced adviser will act impartially in providing concrete proposals for developing each individuals academic and professional pathway.
The choices in education and international recognition now are many and varied. The consultant is required in line with your personal needs, to present a specific plan based on those needs, as each individual is unique and are the decisions we take in life.
If the options in Greece do not cover your needs, there is always the option to study abroad. The choice to study something you do not really care for either due to lack of specialized academic programmes in Greece, or because of the rush to quickly finish your studies, has proven to be an extremely damaging process in both cost and time.
Education has changed in form globally and there are now no boundaries to what you want to do and when you want to do it. Therefore, your language skills (mainly English), the evaluation of a baccalaureate or a secondary or even higher education degree is not enough to complete a candidate’s profile. Managing all of the above strategically – is the magic key to open the door – to further your career.
Expert knowledge in education and academic issues along with the respect and quality service on the part of the consultant, makes the difference in the information given.You must insist on solutions specific to your situation and don’t rely on standard solutions. It’s a good idea to ask about the full cycle of studies and the outcomes for you 5-6 years down the line. This will give you confidence in making your decision and identify your competitiveness in the labour market.
The labour market is more demanding than ever, looking for executives who will make the difference. Only through evaluation can we obtain the corresponding self-knowledge, not just of our skills but also of the proposed academic programme from the specific educational institution. This evaluation does not stop just at the institutions “ranking” but is a combination of factors including; area of study, transfer of credits, University teaching staff, feasibility of developing networks, location and cost of living.
There are no borders in education and the fact that a student has the opportunity to move from the university in his or her home country to another university abroad, indicates that we are living in a time where education is not impermeable but that we are open to other educational systems and communication with other students with different cultures from various parts of the world. No longer do we focus just on a qualification which is only recognised in our home country.
You don’t become competitive solely by concentrating on gaining a degree.
You become competitive when you are continuously informed about developments in your field in the international community.
You become competitive not by feeling complacent that you are a graduate of a very good university, but when you respect what you do and constantly search for ways to improve yourself.
You become competitive when you respect the knowledge you have acquired to the extent you desire to renew it, to develop it and to lifelong certify it.
We live the era of lifelong learning and will continue to live for decades.
Therefore, any attempt to obtain a diploma, a title, a certification of vocational skills is important and serves as a catalyst in our evolution, only if it is based on quality and real knowledge.
Your don’t acquire a position just because you hold a degree but generally with your personality, your skills and your knowledge reflected in your resume.
The labour market will always need people who believe what they represent and how they can protect the company, so that they function not as productive units, but as entities in a place where they spend the most creative hours of their life.
The fact that you finish your studies in a particular field doesn’t mean that you have all that it takes to perform in the workplace.The acquired knowledge evolves when you align it to the specific needs and corresponding solutions you propose, so that you are not only contributing but also ensuring successful results in your place of work.
This can be achieved only when you realise that your knowledge gained at university must be used in order to develop your professional skills. This is the key to what employers are looking for.
There are many examples of people who have proven that there is no meaning in the phrases “I can’t” or “I don’t want to”.
Michael Jordan when “cut” from the basketball team of the school, went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
Walt Disney was fired from the newspaper he was working for lack of imagination and original ideas.
Steve Jobs, at age 30 was removed from the company he started.
The Beatles were rejected by a record company because “we did not like their sound” and “not expected to have a future in the music industry.”
Oprah Winfrey was demoted because “she was not suitable for TV.
Albert Einstein, could not speak until he was four years old and teachers told him he would not be able to accomplish anything.
The greatest journey and biggest university is life itself. Despite the adverse conditions due to the economic crisis the only way we can continue our struggle is with vision, faith, passion, enthusiasm and respect toward what we are and what we have to succeed. No crisis can bend a man, only if he or she remains loyal to their values and ideals.
Keep dreaming and smiling.