How the knowledge from university meets the "real" live

Publikováno: 15. 12. 2017

Living and working in Prague, I’m dealing with the question if the university knowledge could meet the working reality. One night, my friends and I had a dinner where we started discussing about that topic. See what we’ve found out:

Last time, I recounted friends’ experiences from USA and Czech Republic – this time I’m retelling the story of a friend from Germany who studied and worked in France in the accounting sector. At the end of this article, I’ll draw an overall conclusion about the interaction between studies and working reality.

France |

Studying in France means, on the one hand, getting a more related to practice education, and on the other hand, not getting all of the necessary knowledge for the future career. Working with job-related programs like e.g. excel is often not included. “From my point of view, some studies doesn’t prepare us for the real working life properly – doesn’t matter in which country you study”.

Working in France you’ll quick recognize the presence of hierarchies. When start working in a French company, everyone gets a level assigned: e.g. “N – 10”. In comparison, your CEO has the level “N – 1”. Therefore, the hierarchy can be transferred to the French kingdom. Exactly the same way the hierarchy is built, and therefore, the way the people treat each other. The CEO is always the “king” – nobody dares to go straight to the boss and talk to him.

First lesson: Even though studies might be related to practice, they often don’t deliver the inquired knowledge. On the other hand, working in France means working in hierarchies – you need to know where you are in the hierarchy level and act accordingly.

Overall Conclusion |

During our dinner, we discussed a lot about educational systems and their importance.

On the one hand, more and more young people are interested in studying: the demand is rising constantly. Desire for earning more money, a safe workspace and a flexible time schedule during the study are just some of the reasons why. Unfortunately, studying doesn’t always prepare for the future working life properly – practical lessons aren’t always included.

Studying is important for getting the graduation for the desired job – but sometimes apprenticeships are a quite good alternative. They close the gap between theory and praxis universities mostly have. Nevertheless, not all that glitters is gold. Apprentices have more responsibilities, earn on the average less money and don’t have that much vacation days. Therefore, there are two sides to every coin.

All in all, the main message of this article series is simple: take your time and be informed of what your plans and wishes for the future might be - and then choose your educational path that fits the best and/or could make you happy.