Courses that require critical thinking prepare students for management positions 0
There are two types of jobs: front line and management. In the former, employees are required to complete tasks efficiently and accurately, based on assigned guidelines. In the latter, they are expected to also evaluate the effectiveness of employee performance and rewrite guidelines as necessary based on new information. While students typically enter post-secondary with the objective of obtaining a management position, they often act and leave with the mindset of a front-line worker.
Courses that are graded using only exams are like front-line jobs and are popular for their straightforward evaluation criteria. Those who learn the assigned reading material ace the exams and receive a grade that corresponds with the number of questions they answered correctly, just as employees who follow the rules can finish the day at 5:00 p.m. and expect a steady paycheck.
Courses that are graded using essays, class discussions, and projects involving critical-thinking skills are like management positions. These classes are generally only popular with students who have a personal interest in the subject matter because they require additional research and analysis of information outside the assigned class reading material. Students who read only what is presented to them are unlikely to earn a high grade, just as employees who do only minimal work are unlikely to be promoted.
If the goal of a post-secondary education is only to meet the designation requirements for an entry-level front line position, students are better off trying to take as many exam-based classes as they can. But if the goal is to prepare for an evolving career, students should consider taking classes that involve more than just exams. The research skills learned with essay writing and thinking skills associated with class discussions prepare students for future management positions. Workplace promotions are based not only on how well tasks are completed, but also whether new information is sought out and utilized.
Working graduates looking for positive reviews are also advised to keep these skills sharp by reading industry papers and newsletters on a daily basis and thinking of ways that new trends can affect their profession. Industry newsletters also often include listings of newly opened management positions.