Education vs Experience

United States
April 13, 2011 5:06pm CST
Here I am a college educated person. While I currently have a job that pays me a "not bad" salary, I am puzzled by the circumstances of the past. When I was looking for a job several years ago I was told that I had the experience but not the degree to back it up. In this job market, my adult children are being told they have the education but not the experience. Well, if someone out there is not willing to give them the experience, how on earth are they supposed to get it. Everyone has to start somewhere. I'm guessing it doesn't matter how educated or "street smart" you are, it all depends on the economy and what you can do with it.
10 responses
• Philippines
14 Apr 11
Case to case basis but I agree with you. They really prefer much on the experiences we have rather than the education we finished. But usually the hiring company who require this is a white or blue collar job. They depend so much on what you can give to their company. If you experienced the bigger income they get.. and you just get your commission.
@azskull (90)
• Philippines
14 Apr 11
for sure that the basis of everything the economy status for each of our place it doesn't matter if you have lots of qualified graduates because simplifying it no company can hire people if the economy is to low and it affects them..skilled workers are really a case to case scenario if were talking about machine operated maybe skilled workers are really needed but if we talked about office work that means a graduate applicant is always the main agenda of hiring someone.. street smart are really the trend sometimes because they got a wide experience but the question still if they do have their credential..but in all of this theory still depends on the employer if he wants the graduate or really he rely on experienced..
@huruxiao (39)
• China
14 Apr 11
Maybe educational background just is a possibility that you can do a job.and the experience is a possibility that you can well do a job.In the last years,many company willing trainning a new college graduated student,but now many companies don't willing employ new man.
@smacksman (6074)
14 Apr 11
A degree tells an employer that the applicant has the ability to learn to degree level. This is a generalisation and does not include outstanding degrees where the student will go straight into research. Your average student with a degree will be pretty useless to an employer until they have a few years experience to learn the job and with those years go maturity. A person with a few years experience may also be able to do the job at present but may not then have the learning ability to go further as the employer may wish. So if you are able to get a degree then do so, but accept the fact that your first job may appear to you to be below your capabilities. Take the job and prove to the employer that he made the right decision to employ you and that you can go further. On the students side, make sure you take a job with prospects.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
14 Apr 11
For me yes it is true in this time even if you are in good education then you have no experience then you can't do good job.
@sashakiddo (1104)
• United States
14 Apr 11
I agree. The whole system is dumb. I already know that nothing good is really going to come from all my spendings on my college degree, especially since it is a liberal arts degree. What I do in the future will rely on what I myself think of, even if it has nothing to do with what I learned in college. I really feel that college education just teaches people to listen and obey the authorities. In all my four years of college, class has been about listening and repeating, presenting ideas based on books rather than my own analysis. My first job I had was one I applied for without providing my college information. My boss told me he didn't basae his hiring decisions on school as much as a person's uniqueness. He considered me an attribute to the business because I am bilingual, a skill that I didn't learn in college. A girl had been hired because she learned to train dogs on her own, even though dog training wasn't even part of the job. That boss gave us books about entrepreneurship, something I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life. One book he gave us was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It is a great book.
• Philippines
14 Apr 11
The economy is in turmoil as well as the procurement or hiring of individuals in certain companies, I'm a double degree holder my self but employeers tend to be picky in their selection, like the previuos company you are working and the job that you render in them. But today it is much more you better have somebody to back you vouch you before you can really be employeed personally.
• United States
14 Apr 11
College degree myself, but never got the dream job I wanted. I'm sure that says a lot already-that I still needed to further my "edumacation". Eventually got a similar job, instead; which offers "'a not bad' salary" but it's enough considering the toughness of this economy to pay the bills and put food on the table. I agree with you[snyderblog] to the fact that some employers these days are having it all backwards-making hiring decisions solely on experience backgrounds, which most of us already know that is a thing of the past and not applicable for all job hiring procedures. A college degree on the other hand, assures proof of intelligence, problem solvers, experience with higher/complex subject matters, and credible qualifications" Like most people when get seriously sick, I'd rather be treated by a professional with a PhD in Medicine than anybody else. However, when it comes to a different scenario where I'd need a surgery, I'd prefer a Doctor with more years/experience on the job than the 1st timer/intern. It's a hot topic therefore, I'd say the situation varies from one job to another.
• Pakistan
13 Apr 11
Hey snyderblog! Thats a really big problem.Its wrong of the employers to say you have no experience for a job even if you do have the qualification.Doesn't the degree that you got in college show that your not totally foreign to the job in question?That you know the theory as well as the new,improved methods and machinery to make the job more productive.Like you said,we all have to start somewhere,so we should be given a chance. As for the economy.....its in a bad situation around the globe these days.Not a favorable atmosphere if your looking for employment......
• Philippines
13 Apr 11
I also believe that the economy directs the preference of learned or skilled workers. When the economy is down they prefer people with experience because of the productivity they offer to a company. However they don't choose those with additional education because they cost more and if they don't have any experience they would only be stuck with a wealth ideas without ever having the capability to do. It is all about earning more with the less capital. When the economy is up they have the luxury to hire people with who are knowledgeable for improvements and new ideas. The two words have become quite an oxymoron in the word of professionals. It is like asking the Shakespearean question "to be or not to be" or the age old question "which came first the chicken or the egg". Education or Experience we just have to capitalize on what we have. The good thing about this modern age no one really has complete monopoly of jobs, giving the job-seeker choices and opportunities.