Saturday, 12 September 2015

Job and Experience

Freshly out of the college with degree certificate, bubbling with enthusiasm and looking for a suitable job after not being successful in RCSC exam, is the story of thousands of youths in the country. The job vacancies that come in papers and during the job fair come with experience tag. There are ample jobs but sadly for the ones who have job experience. Isn’t it ironic? And why is the experience important?

After being in job and coming across friends who had been in job for several years it is noted that experience is, indeed, important because of the fact that, what we learn in schools and colleges are not applicable in the job other than the English language and some mathematics (excluding calculus and x and ys). Even the English language had become wretched due to the transition phase between Dzongkha and English and Dzongkha trying to gain importance relaying solely on its importance of being national Identity, the vociferous ‘Dzongkha only’ guys seems to be winning the battle. If so much effort had been diverted to getting it included in the Microsoft’s root program and argued that ‘joyig’ is not Tibetan script, it would have not weaken the English language among our students and at the same time Dzongkha would have been upheld.

Experience constitutes of being obedient, understanding and drafting letters, understanding the temperaments of the bosses, knowing the norms of the organization and the traditions followed there, customer service, problem solving, initiative, integrity, etc. The requirements differs with the types of jobs that the person is employed for and in which organization, and so many things relating to the job cannot be taught in the school, therefore it needs to be learned on the job filling the gap between the theory and the practical. With the experienced person that gap between theory and practical comes filled and understands that all the theories are sometimes, not pragmatic.

When a highly educated but inexperienced person comes as boss to some organization the subordinates unobtrusively remarks, “Our boss is full of theory”. The requirement for experience is mutual for the easier functioning. Experienced boss understands the ground realities. Experienced subordinates are easier to be told what to do and should they fail it is easier to bullshit them.

The only problem is that, experience is not going to come unless you are employed and you will not get employed unless you have experience. Tricky? Isn’t it? But then that goes only for the mediocre, the toppers gets absorbed through RCSC and for those who are good in Dzongkha are yet to have an edge.

In the mean time, in ‘Drinchen Amai Sungki Dendur’ - the voice of mothers program in BBS, the anchor and the judges are struggling hard to invent new equivalent words in Dzongkha and trying real hard to dominate the English almost to the extent of hating those who knows it, not realizing that world is becoming a global village and the flow of information is mostly in English.

This makes me remember an old man who once asked me, “We have attic full of Dzongkha scriptures and books in the Dzongs and Lhakhangs, Does English language have so many books?” I just smiled and said nothing, understanding the enormity of volumes of Dzongkha books/scriptures as well as his ignorance…..