By Meaghan Sands
Students should view the etiquette they have in class as a representation of their work ethics. The way people act at school should be just as professional as how they perform when in their workplace.
People go to college to get an education and to eventually work in a specialized position where they receive benefits and make more than minimum wage. Higher education is not just about becoming book smart; it is also about developing a professional work ethic.
No one expects college students to become perfect at this, but there should be an expectation within each student to do what he or she can to foster the character traits employers look for.
There are many things some college students do that are not highly regarded traits in an employee. Some of the main ones are: dishonesty, disrespect and lack of time management.
If students are practicing these things in the classroom, inadvertently or not, there is a high likelihood that they will exhibit those same traits in the workplace.
In reality, when students move on to their careers or professional positions they will be expected to have remembered their training and to know what is being communicated down the company ladder.
Time management comes in to play at school when students arrive on time to class and get assignments done on schedule.
Despite this, students are consistently coming in late to class. Coming in late to work on a consistent basis could be cause for termination. Timeliness is a valuable characteristic to have when crossing over into the professional workforce.
Students should see their time in college as an opportunity to improve their time management skills. A small point deduction for being late to class is a small price to pay versus termination from a job.
Respect can fall into many aspects of our daily school functions, but the most obvious is in-class time when those other than you are speaking.
When professors give lectures or peers give presentations, students do not hesitate to talk with their friends. They think the speaker cannot hear or that others are not disturbed by it, chances are that someone is noticing and people are disturbed even if they do not explicitly say so.
In a professional setting, if one were in a work meeting talking during someone else’s time it would not be looked well upon by the executives.
This comes down to the basic moral principle of treating others how one would like to be treated. In school and work, a person cannot expect to be respected by their peers if they don’t show respect for others.
Then there are the most treasonous mistakes of them all: cheating and plagiarism.
Even though colleges stress the severity of cheating and plagiarism and make students enter into a contract against it, students still do it. If ones boss found out you stole something of the company’s, someone else’s work idea or broke company policy that would be grounds for termination.
Even though many of the classes students take my seem useless and foundational, inherent in them is this practice of integrity. The professional world can be cutthroat, especially for rookies in the field, but this is no excuse to lack honesty in the way you work.
The suggestion is not that college students are lazy, deceitful and defiant of authority. The proposition is that many students who fall victim to one or all of the above situations overlook what it does to their credibility as an individual transitioning into the professional world.
Nicole Calinawan/The Poly Post
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