Practice Makes Perfect at OCN

How does the old adage go? Practice makes perfect? Well, this wisdom has been passed down from generations for a number of good reasons, not least of which is that it’s absolutely, inarguably true. As more and more of us seek out fulfilling careers over a cookie-cutter jobs that just pay the bills, we begin to feel the true power of an idea as simple as practicing a skill. As our students complete each course and move on to the next class level, they utilize what they’ve learned as a foundation and steadily build. Each semester, at all of our campuses, students have ample opportunity to be as involved as they want to be, and to apply what they learn in the real world.

This experience is what changes things after graduation. Who you know can get you in a door, but what do you have to offer once you’re in the interview chair and it is your moment to shine? Employers may glance at your resume and see that you’ve got the right credentials on paper, but what happens when you are in a situation that only experience can get you out of? Moments like these are when it really sinks in...practice makes perfect. Our students are prepared for these moments because we place an emphasis on providing opportunities to volunteer at events that put students in direct contact with industry professionals and real-world challenges and timelines; in short, our students can perform at the highest standards because they know what they’re doing.

Take for example our Orlando campus; the Professional Golfers Career College has had a long and illustrious history with Orange County National Golf Center (OCN). It began numerous years ago when we opened our second campus on the grounds of OCN, and continues today as our students have become the go-to volunteer staffers for events like the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day, and in early November, the regional qualifier for the 2014 PGA Champions Tour.

Golf college students routinely serve as volunteers, starters, and spotters and, as a result of their extensive tournament operations training, are dutifully prepared to meet any challenge. Roger Masterson, PGCC Orlando’s Director of Golf reminds us that our student- volunteers have been support staff to over 8,000 PGA professionals and industry insiders at Demo Days, which made this qualifier something of a walk-in-the-park. Masterson said, “It was challenging but fun. It was really nice getting to see our students using things they’d learned in school, in action.” It takes a great deal of coordination to host an event of this magnitude, and with the assistance of our students, the qualifier went off without a hitch.

Tony Austin, PGCC Orlando’s Director of Placement agrees with Roger, and notes the underlying importance of on-the-job training. Austin shared that, “This is a perfect advantage for us and you can’t find experience like this anywhere else. Our students learn what’s like to run a PGA Tour event, experience like this is invaluable.” Austin continues, “It’s not ever y day you get to be a part of an important PGA tournament, but our students embraced it, and I think the guys trying to qualify for the Champions Tour appreciated it. Our students applied many of the things they have learned in class regarding tournament operations and scoring to this event and I couldn’t be happier with the way things went.” Austin makes a crucial point here. Certainly there are different styles of learning to which each of us are best-suited, but at the end of the day, we all learn by doing.

So what are you waiting for? Take a cue from our students pursuing a career in golf. Find what you love, do what you love, and then do it again and again until you are the absolute best at what you do, and then repeat.