In the name of the blog that you are currently reading, there are two terms that need some explanation to, if you, as the reader, are to have some benefit out of reading this.
The first term is, an ‘educational tour’. One might wonder about the need for an explanation to for such a normal term.
Unfortunately, the reason does not lie in the complexity of the term, it lies in our illegitimate perception and bias towards it. The masses, when we consider our nation’s students and their parents, believe that such tours are just means of escaping routine life for some fun, usually in foreign lands.
An educational tour, in reality, is fully intended, and designed, for the purpose of learning of specified subjects/topics. They are designed in such a way that students gain maximum practical insight in minimum time.
But before discussing this further, what about the second term? Our second term is, a ‘professional course’. What exactly is a professional course?
A professional course in our country refers to courses that have the potential to get you employed, i.e., not all courses can do it. Also, along with this comes the fact that only 20-30% of our educated young lads are getting employed because of the lack of necessary skills required at the workplace.
So, in such a scenario, where we know what an educational tour is, and we understand that our immediate requirements are skills and experience, how exactly can an educational tour help us?
Firstly, one has to understand the fact that the education system in our country has been theory-based for a long time. We usually lack the practical touch, which includes technical/job-related skills and people skills. While parents expect colleges to make up for the whole thing, they fail to understand that this learning should’ve taken place over the entire school life, over a period of 12 years, and any college course lasts for a maximum of 4-5 years.
Educational tours are thus designed in a way to make up for this lack of practical approach. They involve practical learning at other institutes and universities, sites and offices etc.
Thus, educational tours help students:
- Get a practical understanding of how to use whatever they have learned and are going to learn;
- Understand the skills & knowledge they need, and are yet, to gain;
- Discover the practical problems they might deal with and learn how to deal with them;
- Develop professional etiquettes and mannerisms dealing with so many different individuals at an official level; and,
- Get a hang of various thinking approaches that might be different than theirs, thus helping them improve their acceptance and develop better insights towards professional life.
Thus, educational tours can be best thought of as a college within a college!