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Should College Students Focus on acquiring Emotional Intelligence?

Updated on February 17, 2016

Increasing Emotional Awareness

Is Emotional Intelligence something that College Students should foster for motivation due to its increasing demand and popularity? It has not been many years before the term of this skill has been acknowledged by research studies, but its concept might be the complete opposite of what students are programmed with at an early age in the western Education system. If this Intelligence is the source of fulfillment and resilience in the professional lives of College Graduates, spreading its awareness would be more than useful for the declining confidence in the Education system. The impediments stress, felt by the loads of responsibility put upon students can be combated with the strengthening of coping while becoming aware of interpersonal feelings before dealing with dysfunctional relationships everywhere in life not just school.

Sometimes personal enjoyment interferes with responsibility, that’s when Emotional Intelligence skills can reinforce motivation into the minds of students.The probability of this type of intelligence being beneficial towards coping with stress in regards to career satisfaction is reasonable, but if this type of intelligence is invalid and unnecessary would it would have been an attempt at adding more expectations to incoming adults in the workforce of today? Time has proved how college actually works after graduation and that straight A’s in school isn’t enough to earn jobs. Experience and a proper skill set that exudes itself well with the personality of a worker is the most valuable asset to a career seeker.

Meanings that define intelligence frequently change through time as scientists and neurological experts continue to debate about how to exactly measure it. Now calling out various types of intelligence into play such as Emotional Intelligence. The notion of IQ is rebuked, everyone is different and so is their type of personality that is based on their type of Intelligence. What would this mean for a traditional western school system including its students well trained to only retain information? Would the world be able to accept the new discovered realities of intelligence in order to reform Universities for the benefit of hard working students that enter the corporate world? The bright side of research says that this type of intelligence can be learned but it others say it isn’t a valid concept of intelligence.


A strong sense of Integrity is associated with the gifts of learned Emotional Intelligence.
A strong sense of Integrity is associated with the gifts of learned Emotional Intelligence.

The probability of this type of intelligence being beneficial towards coping with stress in regards to career satisfaction is reasonable, but if this type of intelligence is invalid and unnecessary would it would have been an attempt at adding more expectations to incoming adults in the workforce of today? Time has proved how college actually works after graduation and that straight A’s in school isn’t enough to earn jobs. Experience and a proper skill set that exudes itself well with the personality of a worker is the most valuable asset to a career seeker.

Meanings that define intelligence frequently change through time as scientists and neurological experts continue to debate about how to exactly measure it. Now calling out various types of intelligence into play such as Emotional Intelligence. The notion of IQ is rebuked, everyone is different and so is their type of personality that is based on their type of Intelligence. What would this mean for a traditional western school system including its students well trained to only retain information? Would the world be able to accept the new discovered realities of intelligence in order to reform Universities for the benefit of hard working students that enter the corporate world? The bright side of research says that this type of intelligence can be learned but it others say it isn’t a valid concept of intelligence.

Succeeding in the workplace is crucial for college graduates, many cannot ignore the fact that soft social skills are needed because we aren’t machines only learning about a job. Gaining experience and not conceptualizing how colleagues and bosses will react can lead to poor interaction. Emotional Intelligence in jobs can be compared to the classic belief of teamwork being one of the most impervious aspects of a task. A team effort in most jobs must be guided with the interpersonal skill set of leaders needed for processing and maintaining proper relationships.


Exactly How Emotions are communicated.
Exactly How Emotions are communicated.

What Emotional Intelligence Really Is

The ability to monitor ones emotions including those around is one of the most recognized and earliest signs of Emotional Intelligence. This ability is seen as important for guiding one’s own thinking and action towards a desired goal or towards a moral approach to life. Engagement in student activities like projects, group work collaborations and brainstorming can be easier for students with a high level of Emotional arousal. The enjoyment and intake of the information learned in school could probably be experience better and faster with this level of arousal, after all a successful learning process is followed by change in behavior. Employers would probably rather hire a person that is more absorbed in the work given. An occupation must be more than just a series of tasks at hand that must be accomplished, the performance of a worker will dramatically improve knowing that they live what they do.

Becoming synonymous with the environment of a workplace is all about forming functional relationships capable of conquering the project of any day. EI includes the skill of motivating one’s self for social enhancement, combining this skill with true job satisfaction of an individual can be a great solution for those with a loss of meaning just doing what they normally do. Non-traditional students can benefit greatly from EI skills because of the fact that they more stressed out, focusing most of their energy on school. Non-traditional students are typically older and have more experience with coping than traditional students, they can set examples for significant others in college or almost approaching it in their lives.


Emotional Intelligence Traits

The foundation of EI skills are yet to be spread depending on the implementation of it in higher Educational facilities. Emotional Intelligence can be taught along with important life skills for students entering the corporate world. Students of today don’t seem to be very actively involved in their schools to develop the skills needed for EI. Counseling can be beneficial towards emotional and organizational aid in school, it can most likely spread the need for EI skills in tackling obstacles of career choices that become a burden to indecisive students. If a school has more than support for its contributing students, the satisfaction of overcoming challenges can increase thus making students more engaged for their own benefit.

In an environment filled with role models of Emotional Intelligence, the skills will become the norm for students in order to succeed in their academic duties. This is why it is important for commonly approached career Counselors and Professors to emulate these skills and exemplify them, encouraging students to apply them in social situations in the campus. Teachers and Students have similar relationship to servers and clients especially in College were a financial burden exist for many. Conditioning Students to break out of this inferiority mindset and follow the influence of the server can breed independent and enhanced people capable of carrying out tasks with motivation. Stress is known to be a major cause of impaired task ability; motivation can summon the confidence of a student making work more enjoyable along with accomplishing tasks.

The crisis of college students unable to find jobs related to their major can prove that school is more than just good grades but Emotional intelligence does not always have to be a necessity for students looking for work in contrasting fields. Some career may not require this type of intelligence due to its difference in tasks and Human interaction. True Intelligence can be thought as the ability to grasp abstract concepts that others cannot understand, it is possible to examine if Emotional Intelligence is a natural ability of all Healthy people able to understand and properly react to Emotion by forming relationships. To be aware of one’s own Emotion before managing it can be seen as a choose people make depending on what relationship they are currently involved in. The use of Intelligence in school depends on what skills have to be grasped for success.

These abilities can become too broad in definition and make people ignore the true meaning of Intelligence which is understand concepts with reasoning. Perhaps being able to quickly understand any concept at hand is what College students need before interaction skills that can be developed with personal habit and choice. Empathy and personal morals fit in the category of emotional intelligence skills according to its definition by Salvoey and Mayer. But these are Human traits that are naturally developed in us depending on our environment and values. These traits in each person are not related to reasoning therefore some contradiction can be seen in anyone of reasoning with noticed Emotion. Ultimately Intelligence itself is necessary in academia because of its evidence of having acquired or learn a subject, it does not have to be a motivating factor for students to go by because of many different factors involved with success after Graduation. School has only been known to test the abilities of following instructions forcing students to avoid failure by mastering a concept before delivering.

IQ only the tip of the iceberg in the business world
IQ only the tip of the iceberg in the business world

Conclusion

Emotional Intelligence has its positive hands on how career satisfaction is for society. Extraverted activities in a job can advocate resilience and satisfaction because of our basic social needs. Most of the discovered characteristics of job satisfaction are analogous to the concept. An investigation on how personality affects job satisfaction and proves that even in the most introverted field of workers, social needs are important and a certain level of willingness to work with people and expand ones knowledge about a volatile job is correlated to this. Only resilience can complement the level of optimism needed to cope for high workloads. This is the case for most jobs planting an enormous amount of responsibility for its Employees. In preparation for entering work College students can use Emotional Intelligence skill to practice coping strategies along with extroverted activities to handle social needs in order to construct a firm level of optimism needed for modern day’s competition.


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