I think that talent is more important than education
For this we have so many examples like THOMAS EDISON we get interest in academics if we have talent because of talent in education we get many jobs. Every one who goes to school are not first rankers because they dont have interest for them they show thier talant and succeed in the world many great persons are succeeded only because of their talent. Getting many jobs through education is also a talent
I know that academics are there for a reason, for guiding students in various career options. Through this they can choose their career paths. But after they do, why should they continue reading those subjects? Reading every subject just stuffs your brain with unnecessary info and makes you lose your interest/time/understanding on the subject you have talent. So, though, in a way academic excellence is necessary in life, to chase your talent and dream is much more necessary.