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Theoretical knowledge vs practical skills

Two words that describe a person’s competence are, knowledge and skills. Knowledge refers to learning concepts, principles and information regarding a particular subject(s) by a person through books, media, encyclopedias, academic institutions and other sources.

A skill refers to the ability of using that information and applying it in a context. But, which is more important, Theoretical Knowledge or Practical Skills? It is a question that has been discussed frequently.

The obvious sources to increase one’s knowledge are through reading books and through practical experience. It’s important to realize that in the workplace, what matters is not the amount of practical experience or theoretical background that an individual has. What matters is how much an individual is able to effectively deal with the realities around him. Theory and practical experience are just complementary means to that end.

Both practical and theoretical experiences go hand in hand and each has their own significance. At every level, in an organization, where theoretical experience helps the individual to comprehend the basic notions, practical knowledge enables them to execute plans and strategies in the most effective manner.

The practical training has two paradigms, one the job skill and second the culture of the organization including the various cross functional roles. It definitely helps a lot in enabling employees understand the situations much better.

Practical training is beneficial to both the employer as well as employee and it enables the latter to cope up with the work pressure in a better way.

The employer gets the skills, which is the most important attribute of professionals, and helps it to use that for the growth of the Organization and achieve its vision and mission. The employee benefits from gaining learning, which helps in the overall grooming and development within the framework of an organization.

Ultimately, both theoretical knowledge and practical skills are required to master a field. Knowledge can be learnt whereas skills require practical exposure and can also be in-born. From a philosophical perspective, knowledge is intangible but skills can be made tangible by applying those skills to a context and getting the desired result.

It’s good to have theoretical knowledge but, if you don’t apply it in your day to day practice, the knowledge is waste.

Source : An Excerpt from TOI

Categories: Office
  1. Anirban Ghosh
    October 1, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you so much! I have write my TOK essay on this topic. It will help me a lot.

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