Meaning of paper qualification in English:

paper qualification


British usually as plural
  • A certificate confirming someone's achievement in a course of study or training, in contrast to practical experience.

    ‘good paper qualifications alone do not guarantee a good job’
    • ‘A stammering farm child who hated school and left without paper qualifications, he worked all hours to set up his company.’
    • ‘It is probably true that most of the PhDs will find themselves a job on the basis of their paper qualification.’
    • ‘The company will consider equivalencies instead of paper qualifications, where appropriate.’
    • ‘Though degrees, diplomas, and other paper qualifications were essential, it was the 'life skills' that made a difference when it came to leading a successful career and living a purposeful life.’
    • ‘So often the successful entrepreneurs turn out to be the ones who weren't academically smart at school, who don't have the paper qualifications.’
    • ‘There is every likelihood that paper qualifications will become more, rather than less, important in the immediate future.’
    • ‘Schools should not be exam factories which churn out pupils with handfuls of paper qualifications but few usable skills.’
    • ‘The fashionable emphasis on career development means officers have to acquire a wide range of paper qualifications to advance.’
    • ‘I like to remind young scientists of examples in the recent past when people without paper qualifications made great contributions.’
    • ‘We have an education system that gives paper qualifications, and the labour market that demands such qualifications regardless of the skills.’