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Are Business Students Taught About Real World Issues?

Business syllabus

I believe to a certain extent that the answer is yes, plain and simple. As part of their education, business students are taught about the specific issues that they are likely to encounter in the future. Business courses are comprised of topics that cover a wide range of the business industry such as economies, marketing, finance, and management to name a few. Within these topics, students are taught the fundamental aspects including examples of how real life businesses experience this. Business courses are designed to provide students with a sufficient foundation of knowledge and skills that they are able to take with them in the future if they should ever find themselves working within a complex business environment.

Work experience opportunities

Additionally, alongside their academic studies, business students are also given the opportunity to pursue work experience opportunities such as internships also known as ‘placements’. This is where students can spend six months to a year in a real-life business context working for a company. During this time, they can gain experience in the types of roles and responsibilities that come with working within an organization. Students also have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and learn from what they do to gain the most out of their work experience. Internships are also a good way for an individual to see whether the business industry is something that they are interested to pursue. After having completed an internship, the individual is likely to have gained a valuable set of skills that they are able to take into the future. Additionally, it is something that will increase an individual's employability as employers are likely to consider people with prior relevant experience.

University experience

During their time at university, students take part in seminars, and workshops and even experience guest speakers that provide students with many insights into the world of business and the challenges and opportunities that they are likely to encounter. Workshops, seminars, and lectures could cover topics such as leadership, globalization, sustainability, ethics, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. In each case, teachers are likely to use examples from real life business situations to reinforce the idea of the point they are trying to make. It is also useful for students to see how different topics are put into practice within an actual organization.


When looking at an opposing view, it could be said that business students are possibly not taught about the issues they are likely to face in the real world. This is because students may feel as though the education they receive does not accurately encapsulate the practical situations they will encounter. There could be several reasons for this, one relating to the curriculum students face. They may believe that the curriculum is outdated, or maybe even disconnected from current events. Some students may even argue that the education they are receiving has limited exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences. Additionally, students may not appreciate the relevance of what they are learning to the real world and decide not to take advantage of the opportunities to apply their knowledge to a real-life business context. In these cases, it may be more important that educators are focusing on providing additional context behind the importance of applying their knowledge in a practical business context.


In summary, it is clear that throughout their education, students are taught sufficiently about issues they are likely to face in the real world. This is evident in the various curriculums that cover aspects that real life businesses encounter on a daily basis, making them relevant and significant. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to pursue internships which give them a practical experience where they are able to see firsthand the roles and responsibilities that come with a career in business. On the other hand, it could potentially be argued that the education they are receiving is not relevant in today's society as it does not accurately align with current events. Therefore, it is important that educational institutions are constantly adapting and evolving their curricula to ensure that students are provided with the opportunity to engage with and apply their knowledge in practical settings.

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