What would you prefer - academics or skills?

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  1. bhattuc profile image81
    bhattucposted 13 months ago

    It is believed that pure academics do not help us in the real practical world where we have to make a career and also a livelihood. Skills are more important for getting a job and to survive in the tough competitive atmosphere where jobs are shrinking day by day.
    Incidentally, I have today submitted a poem (https://hubpages.com/literature/Academi … c-Analysis) on the same topic and would require the feedback of the fellow hubbers who can make it convenient to go through that.
    Please give your views on this issue of acquiring academics versus skills.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image71
      Miebakagh57posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      bhattuc, I read your article earlier. And I realized that due to lack of comments or the comments system, you smartly turn the issue into a forum discussion.                                      Much earlier before reading your article, I commented on Pamela99 "hair loss' piece, just by sighting her name in a forum! I think we writers are getting smatter with moves hubpages' ever took in disconnecting comments from feed settings.                                  Now, let me get to your thread. Shall I? I voted that academic and skill are both needed. They seems to supplement or complement one the other, along with talent for that smart move to earn a living. My third and last son is getting dissatisfying with the academics and is begging me to send him to a skill-based-technical-school. I agreed with him. I'm now enjoying the extra bread and butter.

      1. bhattuc profile image81
        bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        You have put it so nicely, thanks.

  2. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 13 months ago

    Could we aspire to both?

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I also feel that at least some academic qualifications would be required before we go for a full fledged skill oriented courses.

      1. theraggededge profile image96
        theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Not necessarily. For example, my kids were home-schooled and they didn't do any academic qualifications before going to college/uni.

        My eldest did Conservation & Woodland Management (and is now teaching the same).

        My daughter started college and enrolled at the lowest level (1) and within two weeks was moved up to L3, and onward to do a foundation degree in Music Technology and Production. She's now taking a year out as she was selected for a paid internship.

        Son did the Welsh Baccalaureate which gives some basic academic qualifications and my daughter managed an English GCSE.

        They didn't follow the traditional path that British children usually do.

        My philosophy is that people can learn what they need to learn when they need it.

        Of course, it is different if they are aiming for high-level professions.

  3. Pamela99 profile image92
    Pamela99posted 13 months ago

    I read your article, and I will continue to read all your articles. I hope our ability to comment will be restored, but I will continue to read the articles you post.

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Pamela, you are a kind soul.

  4. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 13 months ago

    I think we often need both of them, but learning a skill on the job is a great way.
    Academics tend to blend in together to help us maintain our skills.

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Well said Brenda.

  5. viryabo profile image93
    viryaboposted 13 months ago

    That’s a nice article and poem. Enjoyed it smile

    If I had to do it all over again I’ll just go for a basic education and then get highly-trained in a skill that’ll be very lucrative.

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Basic education followed by specific skills - that definitely makes great sense.

  6. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 13 months ago

    If your academic studies do not give you skills, they have failed.  That is the whole point of them.

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Nowadays education systems are aligning themselves in that way only.

    2. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I think there's a difference between academic qualifications and practical skills.

      In the UK, practical skills have been undervalued for years. Now we have a shortage of skilled tradespeople like carpenters and plumbers because kids have been encouraged to go off to uni and get degrees of no particular use.

      1. bhattuc profile image81
        bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Same thing is happening in many countries including India. Only thing in India is that due to large population and high unemployment, many people have learnt some skills just by association with other skilled people are available for doing the job.

  7. Farah N Huq profile image82
    Farah N Huqposted 13 months ago

    You cannot be skilled without proper knowlege and education and if you are not talented enough to apply that knowledge, even academics won’t come to any help. So I think what is important is talent. If you are talented you will use your education to improve your skill and apply both properly when necessary.

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      In any case, learning skills becomes important.

  8. eugbug profile image95
    eugbugposted 13 months ago

    "....people can learn what they need to learn when they need it"

    Can I steal that quote and put it on a plaque? smile

    I agree with that philosophy too. No point shoving knowledge down people's throats if they're not going to use it. I've forgotten most of the information I learned at secondary school. Nevertheless, I think basic practical skills and knowledge as taught at primary school level are necessary.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      big_smile Yep. I had no idea when I started home-schooling, but we just muddled along. I learned so much along the way. My children were knowledge detectives. We were lucky to have the internet. Before that, it would have been a lot harder.

  9. Misbah786 profile image87
    Misbah786posted 13 months ago

    Sir, I enjoyed reading your hub today. A primary and secondary education, I believe, is very important. It's critical to have a solid foundation. The most crucial factor, I believe, is talent. But, once again, the two go hand in hand. We can learn anything at any stage of life, but I believe that establishing a good base is essential. A building can't be built without a foundation. smile
    Blessings to you!

    1. bhattuc profile image81
      bhattucposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, you are very right that some basic education is a must for going ahead in any carer direction. Thanks for your comments.

  10. bhattuc profile image81
    bhattucposted 13 months ago

    Nowadays there are so many skill enhancing or learning online courses available and many students or professionals are taking advantage of them and learning new skills in their spare time. So, acquiring skills is not so difficult now.

 
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