Suppose that in an interview an applicant who have received a master's in computer engineering wants to say that in addition to the theoretical lessons and studies in the university, he also have done practical projects, such as programming a software, and have developed some skills while doing these projects. In the first place, I thought that the following sentence is a good one and practical is a suitable adjective here:

In addition to theoretical knowledge, I have also developed my practical skills.

But I saw this page where it has been said that practical skill can be anything, like replacing tire, using Microsoft word, and cooking. It made me doubtful if it is a good adjective here because it may be too general. Employer may think "what does replacing tires and cooking have to do with this programming job position?"

  • "Practical" has several meanings. Have you looked them up in a dictionary to see which ones fit your context?
    – gotube
    Nov 21, 2022 at 19:02
  • @gotube Yes and before seeing this page I was sure that it is a good choice here. Even now I am 90% sure but wanted to be sure that it does not convey any unsolicited meaning in this context.
    – alireza
    Nov 21, 2022 at 19:08

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It is pretty clear that if he is talking about computer programming, then "practical skills" means "practical skills in computer programming". English, is just like any other natural language in this way.


I am an excellent gardener; I have detailed knowledge of different plants and excellent practical skills.

I am an excellent computer programmer; I have a deep understanding of computer science and excellent practical skills.

Is there any doubt that the first person is talking about practical skills in gardening, and the second person isn't?

  • Sure the context clear things up. For expanding my range of vocabulary, can I also use "hands-on skills" and "experimental skills" in this context equivalently?
    – alireza
    Nov 21, 2022 at 19:15

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