All of us who are in professional world might have thought at least for once – Do my knowledge gained in school and college really is of any help in my present job? Most of the inquisitive minds would give ‘No’ as their answer. But the veracity of it depends on the kind of profile you are working.

The years spent in school and college seem to be useful if one has pursued relatable profile to what has been learnt in college.

For instance if a Biology student takes up a job of Business development in IT or an engineer working as a HR, will they be justifying

their    years in education. So basically the job profiles fall into two types of category- Technical and Non-technical. Thus if an engineer works as an engineer, then whatever has been learned in the college will be applied in his job. It would be easy for him to understand things. But if he has signed up for a sales job, then he has to learn the ropes from scratch with no prior knowledge. Then he might think that his days in college were of no use in his job.

For non-technical profiles, soft skills are required which are not taught in our result oriented education system. Most of the soft skills are akin to the personality of a candidate. So the employers test those skills irrespective of his background.

The mismatch between knowledge and job profiles also depends on the demand and supply gap. If there is more number of candidates applying for a specific job, then it makes sense on the part of employers to screen candidates as their first level on the basis of their education. So it may happen that candidates who are less worthy of that position may also clear that screening process. But when less number of candidates applies, then employers try to evaluate their skill set required for the job profile.

And if a job requires both technical and non technical skills, then there may be many levels of screening, starting from first level of screening based on their educational background. Next may come, technical evaluation and lastly non-technical. If the profile requires a candidate having good technical expertise, then his technical round would have more weightage than the non-technical. And if the profile demands a person good in non-technical skills, then it would be preferred. For example, in the profile of a sales engineer, the candidate should have soft skills such as convincing, negotiating, communication with enough technical knowledge to explain their client the technicalities of his products.

Thus basically, before applying for a job one should measure its pros and cons. Also one should take heed of their interests and pursue accordingly.

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