You can’t learn how to ride a bike from books and you won’t learn how to make the perfect swim stroke in a classroom. Don’t underestimate the importance of learning by doing! Needless to say practical education can bring students a lot. It might even be the best way to prepare for a successful career. Here are seven of the biggest advantages of practical education.
- Gaining work experiences
Practical education gives you the chance to gain relevant work experience. Take for instance Tio University of Applied Sciences. Circa 60% of the curriculum of all bachelor programmes has a practical focus, with projects, practical courses, several internships and study trips. This quickly introduces you to businesses and their work ethics.
- Putting theory into practice
Thanks to practical education you learn how to put theory into practice. During projects you work on realistic cases for real clients. This way you discover all the ins and outs of your future work field and learn what it actually takes to, say, organise an event or to design a dream trip. And did you know that at Tio you even get the chance to run a hotel with fellow students for one week?
- Upskilling yourself
Since practical education is often project-based, you get to develop a lot of soft skills and expand your capabilities. For example, think of teamwork, creative thinking, conflict resolution and time management. Those skills and competences will come in handy during your day-to-day professional practice.
- Expanding your network
During your studies you will meet a lot of people. Thanks to practical education you can get to expand your network even further. During internships, masterclasses, study trips or exchange programmes you will meet lots of interesting people from the field. Think of business people, lecturers, employers and (international) fellow students. A strong network can work wonders for your career.
- Getting to know the work field
Projects, study trips and internships give you an excellent overview of the employment market. Practical education gives you the chance to discover all the ins and outs of the work field. It makes sure you’re well-known with subject-specific terminology and, in addition, practical experience makes you aware of all the current trends and developments in the industry.
- Taking advantage of the lecturer’s knowledge
At Tio all the lecturers are professionals with extensive experience in their field. As a result, they know what is really going on in the field. They transfer their practical experiences directly to the students. Because Tio’s lecturers are very approachable, students can go to them with all kinds of practical questions, for example when starting their own business.
- Preparing for your future
Practical education makes students very focused on their future and effectively prepares them for a professional career. The practical courses and projects give students a better idea of what it is they want their future to hold. And knowing what you want is a big plus to both yourself and your future employer. That way, you will be perfectly ready for a successful career!
Want to know more about Tio University of Applied Sciences and its focus on practice? Check it out here!