A Land of Professional Bias

We might attribute accolades to the Indian schools and colleges for producing one of the most promising leaders of the corporate/healthcare world. However, in my opinion, the Indian education system has failed us in so many ways. 

I firmly believe that every one of us is really good at something and if we are able to identify that “something” early on in our lives, the chances of us succeeding become 2-fold. With the backing of talent, the job at hand not only comes naturally,resulting in far better results, but also brings more joy. However, the Indian education system not only undermines the importance of talent by promoting/favoring some professions over others, but also glorifies hard work at the expense of happiness. The focus needs to move away from what the country needs from us to what we can do best for our country. Consider this for an analogy, if you had 2 choices – buy one amazing gift for your loved one or multiple average gifts for the same amount of money, what would you choose? Our education system seems to have chosen the latter. The professional bias has created a country of millions of average engineers and doctors rather than a country of pioneers and achievers in different fields.

A generation coping with a faulty education system is now taking shade in the promising avenues provided by the concept known as the “side-hustle”. Side-hustle has provided support to individuals who take out time to pursue their passion, their calling while still managing a steady income from the job they land out of their education. Imagine if they were fortunate enough to have identified their calling at the right time and had the opportunity to make a career out of it. This is what the job of an education system should be. Rather than assuming a role of a factory producing products of the same profession, education needs to be about recognizing one’s predisposition and then pointing them towards the right path to achieve success in the same field.

Our country has so much more to offer. If only we had means to tap into the talent of the individuals that reside in it. As millennials the baton is in our hands to recognize and promote our future generation’s talents and not letting them go to waste.

Published by kinnarijain

This blog is an attempt at taking charge of my life and giving “writing” – my passion – a chance to revive. Having tested myself over the years, I know I lose interest in my initiatives easily and hardly do I ever complete what I started. So, I have given myself a schedule and a deadline. I took inspiration from my very recent watch – Julie & Julia. Go watch it if you haven’t already! Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, subscribe to know every time I post and feel free to comment or reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together.

One thought on “A Land of Professional Bias

  1. Hi Kinnari,

    Hope you are doing well. Been a long time. I hope you remember me! 🙂

    I read your blog. It is a topic that just like you, I have also gone through. I echo your thoughts and ideas. Well written!

    I have talked on this topic to lots of people, especially non-Indians, comparing the two different kind of education systems, the one in Europe and the one in India.

    Whenever I think about our education system, the thing that confuses me is, how can someone at a tender age of 15 years (around 10th standard) be given the responsibility to decide which stream he/she is going to pursue further. Being so young, every option attracts you, be a painter, musician, pilot or anything else. And it is this decision that pretty much is the foundation stone to defining and structuring your career. I myself was so young, I had no idea what to choose, basically I did not know my talent. When I don’t have the facts and information with me, how can someone expect me to make an informed decision, a decision that proves to be so vital in my life, in all of our lives.

    And also, its true and easy to say, pursue your passion and talent. But at an age of 15 when everything seems exciting, how do I know what is my talent? How do I know what I am good at? I wish there was career counseling at a personal level to help me figure out my options and guide me through choosing one path that fits the best for me. Instead, I just see what my friends are doing, what my family wants me to do and I give in to their desires and happiness and simply become a victim of the education system. I just become another sheep in the herd!

    I wish if we are not forced to make that decision, but instead, just are allowed to learn everything and take our time to find the right choice. That would bring happiness, excitement and enthusiasm in what the child will learn in future.

    But I don’t know how to modify the education system so that this idea can be materialized.

    I know you have always been a smart person. I am sure you will think of something and maybe with the power of words, pen down another blog addresing this topic. No pressure though! 😉

    Anyways, it was a treat to read your blog. I wish you lots of good luck and positive vibes to keep on writing more such wonderful blogs.

    Ciao!

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