Originally Posted by LaLaLaKenz
How important is it to enter top universities ? Does it mean a person who enter Top uni is very successful ?
Sometimes I'm wondering the whats the true meaning of struggling hard for studies , just to earn entrance into top uni.
Anybody willing to share opinions ?
LMAO...My lecturer just gave me a lecture on whether working hard for an education really assures us of a better living standard in the future.
Well, it's a matter of perspective. In this case, the perspective of the employer. Because so many different employers do not share a universal employment criteria nor employ people into the same field, it's very hard to generalize an opinion to fit. I'll give both of mine, since both (should) make some sense from both perspectives. For employers who say yes, it's usually because the employer would have the firm belief that if their employee managed to beat among the toughest of admission requirements and sustain the grades to prove, it's not worth to ignore such potential money-making talent. Admission alone these days don't only look at grades if we are talking about top-universities. Not only that, it's usually because the employer understands you have been exposed to a very conducive and competitive environment that has trained you to be industry ready. I meant conducive as in meeting people from different backgrounds but share common passionate personalities about their futures who can easily influence you to be the same ; and competitive by the obvious need to stay with your hardworking peers in order to maintain the grades to keep you there in the first place.
However, to say no is also true because it doesn't mean settling for second-best is always a life-ending decision. Even if the lack of a conducive and competitive environment, it should not stop you from striving to work harder than your under-performing peers to redeem yourself in university. I mean, naturally, if you feel a sense of inferiority of being sent to a university that falls short of your expected standards, I'm quite sure it is enough psychological motivation for you to work hard from then on to obtain a prestigious honours or first-class award in order to improve the market value of your degree. In principal, isn't that what we logically apply to earnest students from poor backgrounds ?
Not only that, some employers have the philosophy that puts more weightage of personality and/or soft skills before their actual working capacity and capabilities. It doesn't automatically mean that a good employee has a great and tolerable personality you can deal with. Sure it gets the job done and the company running with profits to spare. The question is that is it worth or even a safe decision to employ a good worker with bad attitude ? For one, you may have to tolerate inability to respect the employer-employee code of conduct despite being work-efficient. Although it involves lots of negative speculation behind almost every good future-employee, it is still a factor to consider.
Simply put, I guess there is no real answer to say that assures anybody from a top university a means of guaranteed success. We already have examples from both sides of the coin ; both easily disapproving the validity the each other's own theory to success. Not only that, a social benchmark of success is sometimes too high of a standard that not everyone sees it as their individual one, thus do not work unnecessarily to please society's acceptance of success. Smart people they are
'Success' has become a superficial value in today's society, one that clouds the judgment of the general public that it principally lies in obtaining the few things we see as extremely hard in life : good education and/or good job. Let's think for a moment, why not a good homemaker is considered success these days ? I mean, I know how hard is it to keep lasting and intimate marriage let alone a family these day. I'm sure everyone knows with statistics on disastrous divorce rates annually around the world, it's quite obvious keeping a marriage steady is hard enough, to make it continuously beautiful and evolve to a family maybe asking for too much.
Last reiteration, "How important is it to enter top universities ?" Well, that depends what you want to achieve in life, and the philosophy of employment of your future employer