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Qualities or Qualifications. Which one?

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"Prepare the child for the path. Don't prepare the path for the child".

This was the same statement said by my lecturer when we were having his course one morning but he said it this way;

"Prepare your children for the way, do not prepare the way for the children".

He told us to explain more on the statement and submit the following week. I was able to come up with something and it goes thus;

"Give children Quality Education and do not make them feel there is a job waiting for them".


I continued with my explanation again. Many parents only want better grades for their children and wouldn't mind if they understood anything throughout their programme in school. They are of the notion that "Just come out with good grades, you will get a good paying Job". This definitely has made many graduates come out with nothing to show for it.

You see many of them passed through University and wouldn't be able to defend themselves anywhere they go and you had be like "Did he/she go to school at all?".


They all want good grades and so they pay their lecturers off to clear their papers and at the end of their years studying a particular course, they fail out there. Why then did you go to school?


Education is for those who are ready to learn, come out excellently and practice what has been taught them during their stay in the college.


I watched a movie last night and that title came up from there. I decided to write something out of it.

The man was the CEO and was aging. The media interviewed him and were asking who would replace him when he leaves? Does he have somebody already?

The answer he gave them was "Anyone can be the next CEO. I don't want Qualifications, I want Qualities". That sprout the title of my article.

What are Qualities in human beings?

These are traits and skills found in someone and is different from another person. Something or someone of worth.

What I possess might be different from yours. God never created us the same way. We have individual differences that differentiate us from another person.

Twins born of the same parent can never have the same traits or qualities. What A can do better, B can't do half of it. This is what I termed as "QUALITIES".

QUALIFICATIONS:

This is a certificate you are awarded after completing your degree studies to be given a position at work. Without this qualification, you can't be given a Job in a reputable company except you have what is termed as an achievement in a school you went through.

It's such a pity that many companies, organization look at the qualifications rather than what someone posseses, his or her ability.


Many times, you don't have to look at the certificate but what the person can offer to the company. If one has to test the level of ability of different people, I believe we would have taken 3 out of 5 people with qualities rather than qualifications. This is what is happening in the world today and it is because of many people who wouldn't want to study hard by themselves in school other than seeing the lecturers behind the scene.


We were to do Micro Teaching in the school before going out to perform the real one which will take 6 weeks to end. We were divided into batches and I was among the second to the last batch. I watched students doing theirs as the lecturer was shaking his head out of pity for them.

Can you imagine 300 level going to 400 level students can't even pronounce words together or even defend themselves. The lecturer was like "Counselors in training. How do you defend yourself outside the world when you are through with your programme?"

When it finally gets to my turn, I was praying he should call me or any other students in my group because others are these slaying girls who show off to please everyone but do not have anything in their brain. At the end, he chose one among them, the lady disgraced herself and I was so sad because according to the lecturer, the same mark for the one who presented would be given to the rest of us. She already gave us low mark and the class was dismissed.


I felt sorry for many students studying guidance and counselors who, someday will graduate and will end up putting themselves to shame in front of others.

I am in the WhatsApp group of my department and I hardly see them communicating in English language to at least help them but everyone would be busy typing in Yoruba language. I really feel sorry for them.

The world shouldn't look at Qualifications alone but Qualities should be tolerated much because without it, I can't see the organization or company moving forward.

Many would even get employed because of connection. This is also happening in school now that you would imagine how they were given admission in the first place because they don't communicate freely in English but their native language here.

It's a pity when as a lecturer asking a student what Guidance and Counseling is even after passing through 100, 200 level but couldn't. The class bursted into laughter and I couldn't help but laugh too. What then is he doing in school? How will they cope when they finish?

I hope Qualities are scrutinized rather than going for Qualifications alone.

Thanks for reading

|July 22, 2021|

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A person should not be judged based on their qualifications alone. But qualifications should definitely be considered. People work very hard to become “qualified”. They spend money and time on their education, i.e. they invest in themselves hoping to get a return on that investment.

However, “qualities” or personality or character traits have a lot to do with your upbringing. Parents nurture and admonish their children and teach them how to live and work in the world with other people. If you were NOT taught how to be courteous and respectful to others at home, then you better figure out how to become that way and develop those qualities that will contribute to your success just as much as your qualifications. Otherwise, your life is going to be very difficult in this world.

Good article!

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4 months ago

I really appreciate how you explained it all here. Definitely Quality is something we inherit from our parents and innate. Even if at all we have the qualifications,we need to also work towards having the Qualities needed.

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4 months ago

Many people today are after qualifications instead of sticking to qualities. Quality supposed to be out concerned because most of us went to school to study hard and what we have is our true picture but to some, they have what they did not worked for. They have one way or the other bribed the lecturers to upgrade their scores which suppose not to be.

I went to school but the school did not go through me. I can boast of myself of what and the knowledge I have.

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4 months ago

Thank you for your reply. Definitely Quality should be overemphasize more than Qualifications. Though it shouldn't be scraped out.

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4 months ago

I agree, qualities should be more considered than the qualifications. qualities long last because they are innate.

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4 months ago

Yea, Qualities are innate. Thanks so much

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4 months ago

Nowadays what matter to most is qualifications, especially in public sectors , not all government ministries have a measure to quantify the quality of one's experience or ability for employment, they instead ask for certificate which contribute to one of the problem we are facing in nigeria, some of our Ministers doesn't have quality to held a ministries. Quality should be a parameters for genuine performance but qualification shouldn't be neglected in some cases.

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4 months ago

He doesn't even have both. Quality and Qualifications are zero in his life. How do such person runs it smoothly. Quality is the best.

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4 months ago

Then expectancy of the selection should be failure

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4 months ago

So sad this is the situation we have in our schools today. My friend do say ,if you're not fluent in English right from your secondary school, the university isn't a place to learn to. Because it's pidgin students use in communicating.

Although connections and links still works as a way of getting Jobs in Nigeria, what people fail to accept is that it is what you know that will keep you at the job. No CEO wants a dull and not so smart person to take over from him or work for him. Even if you are related to him or a Friend's son. That doesn't matter. Everyone want something good for their business.

The most painful part about the current situation we have in our country is that even parents now support their children in indulging in exam malpractice. I know friends that call their parents to send "Expo" money to them and within minutes they will receive the money. The decay is from home. Instead of smart intelligent students, we have slay mamas and kings.

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4 months ago

They say charity begins at home. Their parents were supporting them along the line by buying the way for them because they have the money but they don't realize they are ruining their children's lives. No man would ever sit down to see his company collapsing because there is someone who can't handle it well.

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4 months ago

You have spoken well. Qualification is important but shouldn't be the major criteria for job employment. We have lots of people will skills and good I.Q and all they need is to be tested. When their work is tried out, they'd get to know the power they carry in them.

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4 months ago

Yes, being given test too would even reveal what they possess rather than checking their grades alone

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4 months ago

This is just well said. So much qualifications are needed to be met, but no one is thinking about the quality. They are looking at the papers, not the works that get done.

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4 months ago

And no organization will keep running smoothly if it should continue like this. Quality is also important, just like qualifications

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4 months ago

Just so true. It is just so sad that the qualities has been neglected day by day.

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4 months ago

What you say is true. In many places they will only ask for a grade point average to give employment. I tell my son not to lose his grades but the most important thing is the knowledge he has and the practice he does. Quality is very important.

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4 months ago

You are right. Quality shouldn't be overlooked at all but should also be considered when employing people.

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4 months ago

This is true, princess. We are not rate by our qualities but on qualifications which is sometimes unfair. What if we are Really capable but the the qualifications don't suit our qualities? So I agree with you 100% as this is also happening in our country.

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4 months ago

It happens everywhere and it would be great if they put much effort on the Quality aspect.

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4 months ago

Well, you were clear on your stand in this post. A lot of us are pursuing qualifications, organizations are also running after who is schooled and not those who are qualified to meet their objectives. I think it is fine to have a quality delivery other than searching for qualifications that may not yield anything tangible.

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4 months ago

Qualifications is good though but when we only see what someone has in his or her Certificate rather than what the person can offer to the company or organization, there won't be any good result to come out from it. Thank you

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4 months ago

You hit the bullesye. Many companies are setting high qualifications that they even forgot the importance of quality.

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4 months ago

Such companies won't last at all if all employees do not have the skill to make the company move forward

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4 months ago

Yes this is true. I hope some of the companies and others had a realizations regarding this. Qualities should be given a focus, why is it only Qualifications had given an importance. Papers can be fake but abilities nor skills are not. .

God bless you princess..🙏❤️

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4 months ago

Yes, no one can fake qualities in them but certificate can be faked. They need to take Quality as a major criteria too

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4 months ago

Yes indeed .. Quality should be their basis...

God bless you princess..🙏❤️

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4 months ago

I once was declined to get the job I was qualified in just because my height is 2 inches short lol.

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4 months ago

😅😅 This is another thing. What makes them think you can't perform well? They are looking at height but they forgot there are people with good skills and qualities. Looks doesn't matter.

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4 months ago

To my standard, I will choose quality over qualification if I happen to be an interviewer. These days qualifications can be bought but quality must be built, there is no shortcut about that .

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4 months ago

I agree with you. No shortcuts to the Qualities in you It is what you possess and can do. This is what I will also look into too.

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4 months ago

Well said, princess.. Unfortunately, many companies now are looking for applicants who can meet their qualifications and usually has pleasing personality which is absurd.. Qualities are still important when it comes to working..especially here abroad.. There are no qualifications.. For as long as you have the skills. You are acceptable for a certain job.

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4 months ago

In fact, the company will prosper if Quality is the watchword. Though qualifications is good but without having skills, you can't perform well.

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4 months ago

Parents have lost this reason, they believed in doing all things for the children just to prove their love which was mishandled. This as put the future is undermined

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4 months ago

Love that will make them regret later in the future. Teach children to study and understand what they are taught rather than buying the way for them.

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4 months ago