Working with others is probably the only thing that follows us from kindergarten all the way to actual careers. No matter what field a person ends up in, nine times out of ten they are going to have to learn how to play well with others in order to get their job done to the greatest of their capabilities. While all students seem to know this, it doesn’t stop us from hating it. Group work is usually a synonym for one person slacking while another takes on too much work. According to a 2015 study, 57% of students did not like group work and did not see how it will correlate to their life outside of school. (Vittrup, 2015). So, collaborating in the workplace is going to become increasingly more difficult when a whole generation that is sick of dealing with working together are the ones who must do so.
Work place collaboration is obviously very different than working on a singular project with s group of people for class. In the workplace it is constant, and there are no final projects or end of classes. AS soon as one project is finished another begins. It is for this reason that people in the work place choose their collaborators wisely, and why experience in same cases means more than a degree or GPA. “A college degree is helpful for understanding business theories, but the practical realities of working in a specific profession need to be learned on the job.” (Ashe-Edmunds, 2015) Today’s collaborations in the workplace rely heavily on what students learn from experience, but what they do not realize is that school work is a part of this experience. At least it should be. While it teaches students to work together, most in class collaborations forget that the team building skills are probably more important than the actual assignment.
New technology is also being implemented into may different career options, meaning students must understand these things and take technology classes while in classes. Advances like Google drive and Skype allow collaborations to happen miles away, which would not have been possible even ten years ago. While this is a good thing it means work place communications are now more costly. What used to be done in a business meeting is now done over services which companies must pay to use premium features on. (Marlin Marketing, 2015). This means that students must apply what they have learned in school, but must do it in a professional setting that forces them to pay in order to work together. This may sound futuristic or like a negative, but it really ensures that the one thing any graduate does at their first job out of college is communicate well.
Collaboration is essentially communication with a goal in mind. It is a technique that everyone must do in their lifetime, but not all do well. How one collaborates in the workplace can make or break any project or career. Let’s just hope that the group presentation you have to give in your geology class prepared you for it.
Ashe-Edmunds, S. (2015) Education vs. job experience in the workplace. Demand Media. Retrieved from http://work.chron.com/education-vs-job-experience-workplace-18733.html
Marlin Marketing (2015) Do office technology advancements create workplace distractions? Retrieved from http://mediaroom.marlinfinance.com/office-technology-equipment/do-office-technology-investments-create-workplace-distractions/
Vittrup, B. (2015) How to improve group work: Perspectives from students. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/how-to-improve-group-work-perspectives-from-students