Celebrating the C-Level University Student

Some students appear to be born knowing everything.

They don’t seem to need to study.

They’re the students the teacher turns to when the teacher doesn’t know the answer to the question.

You know.


In high school, they were the ones who seemed to have an A+ marked on their exam paper before they walked into the room.

And then there’s everybody else.

The “not quite an A” student.

What chance do they have when they leave high school?

What chance do they have in a world that, more and more, needs a degree to succeed?

Plenty, as it turns out.

The trick is to look beyond the marks and look, instead, at other strengths.

The high achieving, highly intellectual, highly intelligent student will succeed at university. That’s what highly intelligent, high achieving people tend to do.

While C-Level can mean “not a genius” at school, in business it means “Chief” as in “Chief Executive Officer” or “Chief Finance Officer”.

And these titles are given to people who can prove their worth to a business beyond the knowledge they have.

These titles are given to people who work hard. Who find interesting ways past a problem. Who chase new business. Who persevere through hard times. People who believe in their own ability to succeed.

These are attributes which can be learned, and nurtured. As long as the student is in the right environment.

Attributes which can be hard to learn when you’re lost in a crowd at a public university.

But which can be gained through a not-so-obvious degree choice, at a smaller institution.

(The simple act of choosing the not-so-obvious route can even be a guide to the mindset the C-Level Officer.)

Smaller institutions, like Melbourne Institute of Technology, provide the support often lacking at larger education providers.

They have staff on hand if you need extra help to get organised.

And more accessible teachers who can be approached outside classroom hours to help you understanding complex theories.

In an environment which nurtures emotional development, as well as academic excellence.

For bright students, who may not be competitive, a place like MIT can be a better option than a place where hundreds of competitive people are clamouring for attention.

The quality of the degree is still high (the government have benchmarked degree quality in Australia).

The smaller, quieter classes, with access to teachers who are more available to help students understand the knowledge beyond the curriculum, can be the perfect place for anyone looking to succeed, but who fears they may not be able to thrive in a place where they’ll be lost in a crowd.

It is, as MIT put it, a team approach. But giving each student access to a support team, each student has a better chance of graduating with the best possible marks.

And you don’t need to be a genius to see the benefit in that.