The Certificate Craze
Almost no one in China has failed to notice the phenomenon that a growing number of people are enthusiastic about pursuing various kinds of certificates. Taking a look around, one can find numerous examples with ease. A common case in point is that students spend a great deal of time and energy attending a great variety of certificate-oriented training courses to ensure a better score.
The purpose of acquiring certificates varies from individuals to individuals. For students, as the job market competition is becoming increasingly fierce, not only can a certain certificate prove their capabilities, but also will put them in a favorable position in the employment market and the development of their career. When it comes to white-collared workers, more job-related certificates often guarantee greater opportunities for a salary raise and promotion. What’s more, it is also a ideal way to enhance their job techniques and sharpen their competitiveness.
From my perspective, the merits of pursuing certificates are self-evident. However, we should also bear in mind that it is the practical skills, such as management, cooperation, communication, rather than certificates that guarantee one’s accomplishment in career. Accordingly, we might as well attach great importance to both certificates and the improvement of one’s comprehensive abilities.
The Certificate Craze
There is no denying the fact that it has become a prevailing trend for people to take part in various exams with the purpose of obtaining certificates of many kinds: that for CET-4 or CET-6, that for computer level, the driver’s license, etc.
Of course people pursue certificates for various purposes. Some claim that owning these certificates can give them more edge in competition. One more certificate means a bit more chance of winning in the job market. Others, however, merely take this practice as a stimulus for them to study or study harder. They assert that, by working for those certificates, they can broaden their horizon and enrich their knowledge.
Personally, I believe that one should choose to learn what he or she truly likes or really needs, instead of merely working for some certificates. As for me, I shall focus my energy on a few fields, for I believe concentration of attention and energy is the key to success. Besides, keen interest is the strongest motivation for study. To be specific, I would like to learn kungfu and Beijing Opera in my spare time. I may attend some relevant tests and be awarded certain certificates, but they are just a natural result of my study, instead of my motivation.
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