Can Practical Skills Take the Place
Can Practical Skills Take the Place of Traditional Courses?
Thousands of excellent college students, with forced smiles and anxious looks, elbow their way through the crowded job market, wishing to grasp a desirable post in a foreig-funded company with a high salary needed by a comfortable life. Many of them, sending a hundred resumes to various enterprises, unfortunately, only get one reply, which fails to grant their rosy future. However, those with several certificates in English and computers, though not capable and distinguished at all, always
taste the sweetness of success in the tremendously competitive job market.
Such phenomenon has aroused contemplation of many students who always consider themselves superior, and has led to a new tendency. College students in growing numbers attach great importance to practical skills, while those traditional courses no longer draw their attention. Is that a positive tendency?The answer, in my opinion, is absolutely negative.
College education, totally different from that in technical in stitutions, aims to cultivate all rounded students. With this goal in mind, college students should dip into various subjects, while simultaneously concentrate on one academic field their major.It is likely that they will not excel immediately after they work in a new post for the first time due to their lack of social experience and practical skills. However, when they are adjusted to the reality of work, they will play an important role and become valuable asset of the company they work for, owing to their excellent ability. Their value is enormous in the long run, but may be invisible on a short term. Any far-sighted employers, especially those in established international companies, understand this point and formulate their recruiting principles accordingly.There is no need for college students to make a rush to follow the tendency blindly. All they should do is coordinate their majors and practical courses and never break that balance.
In addition, practical skills, like English and computers, are just tools which can help students approach success easily, but not the determining factors which can bring success home. Once they encounter obstacles in work, they can only rely on specialized knowledge. Lack of specialized knowledge will lead to failure when they work further and meet with core problems. Practical skill can be compared to a pen, with which magnificent poems can be written, but how to write them is the key factor and the tough job as well. That is why our society is always saturated with various pens, but constantly lack of great poets. To college students, this is also the case. As time elapses, a growing number of people will master practical skills, but the number of excellent college students is limited. The wise decision they should make is to take advantage of their college life to learn as much knowledge as possible. That is their competitive edge which will eventually lead to a desirable destiny for their job hunting.
From the above discussion, it is the traditional courses which can grant them a brilliant future, not the practical skills which only result in a temporary advantage. Our times is in great need of another Edison or another Newton who can explore the inexhaustible treasure of science, not those so-called distinguished college students who can only work in front of the computer screen and speak a language from a different continent.