May 28, 2012

Who is a fish judge by its ability to climb a tree?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. It will live its whole life believing that it is stupid(Einstein). This made me think what is best experience or academic? probably some kind of balance. But in my mind the society believes different by saying academic is the way to go.

When we take an education we are being marked according to a scale. Some gets high marks others get low mark that is the nature of marking. That result in a believe that a high mark means you are smart and low mark stupid. I have been told that high marks create great opportunities for future jobs, which is why I always go for the high mark and get stressed because of it. Looking at the way we are being marked it has something to do with the ability to do a prober analysis and other criteria's. We can only analyze the written academic literature which is based on real life observation. So I am being judge on my ability to analyze written literature and being marked according to it. When I hopefully get a job I will have to analyze real situation with real living people involved in it. Really a different thing in my mind.

So my future job opportunities depends on my ability to analyze written literature, but my future carrier will depend on my ability to analyze real situation with real people. What does this mean?

Well in my mind it means that you might get high marks here and might get low "marks" in the "real" world. So what does a mark then say. Those who get low mark might in fact be better than those who get high marks when it comes to work. They might have been the fish judge to climb a tree.

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  1. Pinthida Thanatipanont

    Another great blog and I’m so glad I read it (the headline caught my attention – i knew this saying from PINTEREST btw! you should start pinning! :)

    I both agree and disagree. From a personal point of view, forming from my Thai background, academic is about the ONLY thing new recruits are being judged on. Not to mention connections, or the institution-absorbed institution pride whilst disregarding an individual’s ability to ‘think and learn’ etc… Nevertheless, my view was proven WRONG when i went to Australia. In Aust, it didn’t matter so much what school you went to or even either if you went to a University. Many job ads don’t even mention ‘requiring degree etc..’ but they want experience in almost EVERY JOB AD!

    of course, for some positions, they would highly regard talented young graduates and some universities do better than the others in getting placements for their students but the main point is – they want experience – either as an intern, or you have shown some extraordinary skills during uni.

    Also, talking about marking schemes and criterias – would you believe there are a lot of irish people whose first language is english in Sydney who scored only 50% on IELTS test – a standardized english ability test. Now, it is based on the assumption that every native speaker should score 100%. But honestly, had the test taker NOT known the criteria, it is unlikely that the native speaker will get 100%!

    And in a way, you know how people always say, work is really different from school – take for example, an honor graduate would probably find it hard to do an audit on their first day at KPMG, if they had not been showned how things work around the company. BUT i guess the difference between scoring average and scoring very well in real LIFE is whether you are able to learn quickly, analyze critically, and made informed judgement.

    learning how to learn, and do it better each time, and learn how to manage knowledge will probably be what set people apart. :)

    28 May 2012, 23:09

  2. Rasmus Gejl Kristensen

    Thats a really fun fact about the IELTS test. We have a test in Denmark for all foriegner who wants to get Danish citizenship(actually dont know if the still has it because it was really a stupid idea). The test was about danish history and culture and was marked by a point scale. Among other criterias this test had to be pass with a certain amount of points for getting a citizenship. This test was also taken by danes to show that not even danish people was able to pass the test so how should and why should a foreigner do it.

    I agree with your point around that we have learned how to learn and that is really a capability I value a lot because it will not get out dated. Maybee the search engines on the internet will but our mindset will never if we just continue the process of learning.

    29 May 2012, 10:30

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