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To get that dream job do you need just good marks in your final year in college or is it all about ability?
The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to students of different colleges to know what according to them is weighed more: merit or ability or a combination of both.
Arfa Syed (second year BBM, Goodwill Christian College for Women): Ability is the most needed criterion for jobs as one is required to perform in a profession rather than fetch marks. Individuals have to show their capability in exams, and communication skill too is evaluated by recruiters. So, an individual who is good at all these can get a job.
Ambreen Sultana (third year B.Sc., Goodwill Christian College for Women): The recruiting companies want just an aggregate of 50 or 55 per cent and then the ability of an individual becomes an important aspect. It is understood by this priority that marks are needed but hold not much value when compared to the ability of a candidate.
I have a friend who scored 89 per cent in B.E. computer science, yet for the past three years struggled to get into the IT industry; now she works for a call centre.
Rohinie Raj (second year B.Sc., Mount Carmel College): Our qualification holds a lot of weight, yet career-wise a combination of merit and ability is the one that is considered. Most companies also ask for experience and this is only to understand the capacity of the candidate. Marks do not get much importance, yet the educational background is kept in mind alongside soft skills.
Achini Athukorala (third year B.A., Goodwill Christian College for Women): It is a combination of both marks and ability, and the personality of the candidate fetches brownie points for the job. When I say personality it is the attitude, or the way one carries oneself.
I had done my internship earlier where I realised that more than qualification, ability and personality are recognised. Also, qualification is the key that helps one to go up the ladder in the hierarchy of an organisation, yet it is a mere paper qualification. The ability to do things, the capacity to take the right decisions, and charisma are the most sought-after requirements.
Dinesh Babu (B.A. Correspondence Course, Bangalore University): Skills definitely play a role on the job front; yet to go up the hierarchy one needs educational qualification that needs to be substantiated by good marks. Usually, people with basic qualifications remain at a lower level in the company; then they venture out to study more along with the work just to get promotions. Nevertheless, implementing what we study in our professional work happens only for about 50 per cent, the rest is all practical knowledge that screams out one's ability.
Amreen Sabha (second year B.Com, Goodwill Christian College for Women): Ability is the top-most requirement for a job opportunity. It shows that the person is capable of carrying out all the designated work. If a candidate is nervous during an interview then he will not perform well.
Marks don't reflect the ability. Many students who have scored less are very talented. For any job, ability, leadership, talent and experience are more important than marks. The candidate must be in a position to articulate his knowledge. If he has just marks and not the ability to execute ideas, it is no good.
Shabrin Taj (third year B.A., Goodwill Christian College for Women): Ability for sure, as securing highest marks in itself is an ability, and when the marks are consistent it's just a feather in the cap. Capability is one that makes an individual well-versed in all walks of life. Yet, companies at times look out for a combination of merit and ability while selecting candidates.
Also, during the interview, the personality of the candidate impresses the recruiters, which would influence them to make the decision of recruiting the candidate.
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