Certificate - The Curse Of Modern Learning
As the inevitable lockdown began this year, we witnessed a malicious phase of student life characterized by an uncontrolled lust for Certificates. Everyone allegedly found their passion based on the hours, content, and price of a certificate course. If someone offers a better quality course for free but without a certificate, people wouldn’t bother turning an eye towards that.
For the simple reason that it wouldn’t be possible for them to share that on LinkedIn and flaunt it to a handful of apathetic people. This infection is probably way more contagious than any other virus in human history. If a person scrolls their LinkedIn feed and finds someone completing a course, they get infected by the virus of green-eyed peer pressure. At this point, probably, only their moral impermeability can save them from showing any symptoms. Let’s scrutinize this deadly infection with its symptoms.
An uncontrolled desire to complete a course with an eye on a certificate instead of learning something pertaining to one’s interests and increasing self-worth.
Often doing courses which possess the least possible relevancy to the current field of work.
Regularly staying on the lookout for courses with certificates coupled with the least expenditure and time consumption.
If one asks the infected to explain this peculiar behavior, they are bound to come up with an explanation like:
“I need to build up my resume/CV to value my skills”
“I am doing something productive unlike you writing inappropriate things about people like us”
“Many of my friends are doing this course and they say it is good, so I thought that I too should probably do that”
This list of reasons is non-exhaustive and ever-increasing in nature.
Why is it that we need to build a resume/CV and make it look lengthier?
It’s good to learn something and update your Resume/CV time-to-time but using the same example, astronauts do not practice suffocating themselves to death because there’s no oxygen in space. Sadly, this may sound odd but this is what unknowingly most of us are doing. We erroneously overlook the relevance and the positives that a course will add to our understanding and just power through for the sake of a piece of validation. It is impossible to become a chef doing a 20-30 hour course on cooking because it takes years of practice, understanding, hard work, and a small element of perfection, which we again don’t pay heed since probably by this time we have started our pursuit for other courses in this vast wilderness of peer pressure. If we sincerely want to build our resume, we need to first decide what you want to honestly accomplish without any external interference. Crossing that bridge, we should look for all the relevant and fitting matter needed to acquire a job in that field. The obvious way to work on this is by doing courses and implementing your learnings and ideas to solve the real-world issues, however minor, and share that on LinkedIn or your resume instead of blindly running to create a non-exhaustive list of blatant nothings.
“To be a Chef you need to present what you cooked and not just serve the Ingredients.”
Now, many of us always say my friends are doing this course and they say it is good. So why shouldn’t I go for it?
To answer this, we do have the orthodox ‘Jumping into the well’ story but let us also just think in a slightly mature sense. Do you have similar fancies as your friend? Do you both see eye to eye in preferring the domain of education? Are you looking to build a life analogous to your pal? If the answers for any of the questions are ‘NO’, especially the latter two, then it is probably time to introspect about your thought process and disposition. Peer pressure and the Bandwagon effect have driven people crazy before and it won’t be any different if you join the herd of sheep! You need to stand out to grab an opportunity that serves to your playing field. Else, you are akin to a plagiarized element struggling to get ranked which we know(and in your subconscious, you know too) won’t happen.
Then what is the possible cure for this disease? Fortunately, I think I have one and I tried it on myself as I made my way out of this rubble of dissatisfaction and desperation to walk into steadiness.
The simple yet most effective solution is ‘Self-Realization’. One has to understand that you stand inimitable and thus your goals. Once you are done with that chart a pathway irrespective of constant validation but again, always be sure of the quality. Remember, what you choose should be amongst your relevant preferences with a true reflection of your goals and future endeavors. Focus and give the best you can to imbibe everything to learn and grow.
Congratulations!! You are on you to becoming healthy.
“The best gift you can give yourself is by doing what you really like”
-Submitted by Chirag Jain, via CollegeTime