Commentary, OpEd

Money versus experience

By Malek Arol Dhieu

Presently, money always wins against experience. In offices, whether public or private, the first questions to ask when a workshop or training opportunity knocks are; is there money? Do they pay in dollars or pounds? The questions that follow may be, is it going to be conducted within South Sudan or abroad? Which oil company funds this workshop or training? A lot of around-money questions are asked.

Which one is more important between money and experience? My answer is experience. Experience gives you knowledge and power to get more money in your office and updates you on new information about your job and the surroundings. Experience nourishes your qualifications and fixes your position for an amount of time.

In advertisements, I have never gotten one asking for someone with money, but someone with experience. In offices, no one is promoted because he or she has money, but workers are promoted because of experience. Even those who got employed uneducated refuse to attend workshops and trainings which could cement them in offices. Which term word may I use to describe them really?

Instead of grasping such opportunities so as to catch up some people who hold papers in the fields they are working in, they prioritize money. If it is not because things are upside down now as money buys experience and positions, how could such a category of people stay in their positions?

Because the trainers have discovered that trainings and workshops are attended only because of money, they have grown to increase training money and decrease imparting skills to trainees. During workshops, playing games and narration of irrelevant stories dominate instead of giving what is necessary to help trainers who attend because of both money and experience.

Exemplarily, trainings in China are moneyed, and that, South Sudanese compete for them but they return only with how China fought to be what it is now and how the Great Wall was built and, how China controls the atmosphere when it is too hot or too cold.

It appears that the same people frequently attend workshops and trainings in which people are given money at the end, not because they have thirst for knowledge, but because they have hunger for money. Money, of course, is a useful facility that allows one to do things with ease, but when you begin to adore money and develop an appetite for it, then you are in troubles, says Prof. PLO Lumumba. He also added that, we of the Negroid blood relate very poorly with this thing called money.

To further and broaden this statement more, our poor relation with money is mostly seen on Fridays when officials withdraw weekend money. One could think that they have houses under construction but it is money to consume in two weekend days, what madness! Money darkens all the ways to classic experience and prevents one from rubbing shoulders with experienced folks who are the living dictionaries of life.

 It also erodes one’s commitment and draws him/her nearer to laziness as he/she expects money to talk. Finally, it is experience that makes you earn money, not the money which makes you earn money, so you must have access to experience for a better and recognizable life. The author is a medical student,

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