I have been blogging for this course Entrepreneurship in Media and Communication. Our efforts are worth 20% but I think many like myself missed the point. Most of us were doing it just for the grade. Originally, I took this course to improve my communication skills and to see how best I could find and hone a skill of some kind in this field. At the end of the course, if I were to evaluate how much closer I am to this goal, I would say 5% the most. This is certainly not because of the lack of resources on the lecturer’s part. I think some of us have bought into this culture of doing coursework and exams just to pass, to get a good grade but we miss the point – to leave with a new skill, or broaden our analytic perspectives.
So after doing Psychometrics I ask myself if I could really design a valid and reliable instrument using the statistical software SPSS?
After doing two levels of Spanish- can I write a paragraph in Spanish or speak without questioning myself?
After doing 2 levels of Statistics – do I even know what is non parametric statistics? Mann U Witney? T-tests?? They all seem so distant
Can I actually prepare a research paper? or design a study?
Can I design and execute a marketing campaign after those marketing courses?
What do I really know about Politics and Political Campaigning after taking 3 Govt courses and Political Psychology?
What exactly is Social, Education, Forensic, Cognitive, Physiological, Personality and Abnormal Psychology??
Now two entrepreneurship courses down the line do I really know the technicalities of drafting a business plan, and actually start my own business??
So just like I missed the point this semester and apparently my entire 2 million dollar degree my colleagues and I missed the point of the trip to the Jamaica Stock Exchange as we only went for the grade. We didn’t pre-read and approach the bench with what more we needed to know; the finer details. Do we know anymore than we did prior to the visit about the stock market? Perhaps just about 5 % more. We got a great deal of reading material, we know where they are located and the internet is always there. I guess it comes back to being an active learner.
One thing for sure; we took pictures….
I’m sure you’ve seen this one on 20 other blogs 😂 We took this because we were told to.
Kudos to all who browsed their collection of papers to write about what they ‘learnt’. Ask them a month from now on the spot about that information…the common points:
- You can’t buy or sell more than 100 shares.
- You can buy stocks in listed companies for as little as 1$ JMD per unit
- Before the online platform they had what was called Manual Outcry
- You need to have a broker and an account.
- The JSE is the oldest Stock Market in the English speaking Caribbean
Our class trip to the JSE was a great experience! [The staff didn’t know how to use the computer and projector and it was a terrible fail.]-—-> let’s pretend those parts aren’t really there
We waited for an hour for the projection to be ready only to realize it really wasn’t that significant to the presentation.
We got a summary of how the stock market in Jamaica came into existence (assistance from the Canadians) why it did (companies funding needs) and a brief synopsis of the past and current dynamics of the day to day (market opening hours, how the online system works – FIFO)
It was a good introduction.
Can we start being blunt now? I’d love to write more along that line. 😌☺️