Do grades / scores reflect your true ability?We have been seeing assessments and re-assessments a lot in various IT companies these days; including our own! Though I highly respect those who score high and work towards good scores myself, I can’t but wonder if scores / grades truly reflect one’s full potential in profession or life! I’m not saying it’s a ‘must have’ and I’m not saying it’s a ‘nice to have’; my point is that it’s just one of those common minimum requirement (CMR) thingies and should be treated as just that!
For instance grades do not reflect one’s ability in taking initiative and leadership skills,. They don’t speak of writing, listening and communication abilities. Do grades reflect temperament, attitude, persistence, consistence, clarity, patience?
Do better grades make you a good listener and an approachable person? I mean do your high grades help in your team members not hesitating in expressing themselves freely to you?
I’m not saying don’t study or score high. A good education helps gain self confidence, social, cultural and academic skills, inter-cultural perspectives, network of ignited minds, intellectual stimulation and loads of friends. High scores definitely speaks high of your depth of knowledge in one theoritical area but not the breadth of knowledge you’ve assimilated outside.
As far as academic abilities alone go, yes the grades reflect them; but they are not a complete dashboard to look into your true abilities, potential or attitude and least of all an accurate measure to gauge your worthiness to perform a function.