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Which is more important: diploma or ability?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2015-5-11 09:59:49 |Display all floors
In China, diploma or credentials are deemed important in hunting a job and promotion. The news that Sichuan university intends to recruit a security guard with doctorate's degree has sparked heated discussions online. With a craze for diplomas and certificates, students are working hard and company staff and even some government officials go back to school for higher diplomas or certificates. It seems that everyone is striving for them. Our society often evaluates a person on the basis of what kind of diploma instead of the abilities he has. Usually,the higher the diploma one has,the more opportunities one will have. Diplomas are often regarded as a passport to personal advancement. Which one do you think is more important in hunting a job, diploma or competence?

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Post time 2015-5-11 10:14:48 |Display all floors
Competence of course.
I've met people with advanced degrees who couldn't plan a trip to the bathroom.
Anyone can get any degree if they have enough time and money.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2015-5-11 11:01:33 |Display all floors
Both are important, but the diploma is only important if it is relevant to the job.  

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Common sense

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Competence is far more important in the long term.  No amount of education can make a person competent at doing a job, all education in it's purest form can demonstrate is that a person can learn. An incompetent person can cause untold damage to both others and also to a business.  For example an incompetent engineer may design a bridge that is unsafe in certain conditions or a part that fails due to the wrong choice of materials.

This is why in some countries there has been a shift from theoretical education to CBT or Competency Based Training. With CBT a student has to demonstrate that they are competent in all aspects of a given task or job before certification is issued.  CBT qualifications also tend to have an expiry date unless backed up by use in the workforce.
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Post time 2015-5-12 10:24:10 |Display all floors
diploma adds to person competence....

eventually its all about "luck and guangxi" ............

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Post time 2015-5-12 11:12:04 |Display all floors
competence.

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