Educational Background or Work Experience

By Cher
Baguio, Philippines
January 21, 2016 2:55am CST
Educational background is important when you just fresh out of college. Although as you go along, employers seems to not care about it anymore. They are focusing more with your work experience. It's just odd that other companies seems to still care what you took up in college after all the work experiences that you had. It should not matter if in the first place, you are very qualified to the job. My friend who got a long experience working on the same industry didn't get the job she is applying for since her course of study is different from what the client requires. What do you think?
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12 responses
• Pune, India
21 Jan 16
Yes, It is very essential to have a right education qualifications to grab the relevant job easily. Even though you are at wrong category of job at the start of your career, you can grab the right job slowly after bunch of years but with right / relevant education Qualification. But doesn't possible in the other way round. For example, Brokerage Institutions does not entertain any programmers with just B.Tech qualification to take up the Quantitative Trader roles. But For an MBA in Quantitative Finance or Applied Maths or Finance can grab that job very easily..
@boiboing (11280)
• Northampton, England
21 Jan 16
As with so many things, it depends on many different things - the person, the company, the interviewer and how many others have applied.
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@amnabas (9012)
• Karachi, Pakistan
21 Jan 16
Good to know your positive thoughts. Yes educational background is foremost priority but you can't work without experience.
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@pumpkinjam (4972)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 16
I can understand up to a point, and with certain jobs requiring certain qualifications. But for a lot of things, I've never really understood why I need to tell a company about GCSE results I got 20 years ago. I wouldn't mind but they mostly ignore them anyway. I used to have a problem of not having work experience, then it was that I didn't have certain qualifications, then I got the right qualifications but needed a different one. I've worked in childcare for most of my working life but can't get a better/permanent job because I don't have the next level qualification (even though it is not really any different from or any better than the level I have).
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
Maybe there are just some employers who are into their certain qualifications. But I think it's already discrimination.
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• United Kingdom
21 Jan 16
@cherriefic Yes, I think there are some who want employees to have specific qualifications, even though there are other qualifications which are essentially the same.
@maezee (20193)
• United States
21 Jan 16
Who knows! I have been asking myself this question for years - do employers WANT education or do they mainly want EXPERIENCE? I am leaning toward a mixture of both. Many jobs require a bachelor's degree but don't seem to care what field it's in - but then agian, most jobs also require a lot of related experience. It certainly makes it tough for those of us college students who don't have experience in our desired fields. Grrr!
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
True. They will fail fresh graduates for lacking experience. They will also fail who got experience but didn't have a diploma. Can they make up their minds?
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@maezee (20193)
• United States
21 Jan 16
@cherriefic Lol no, it seems not. It's like the best way to go is to have both. Bachelor degrees don't seem to "mean" as much as they used to... Sad.
@shshiju (6841)
• Cochin, India
21 Jan 16
I prefer working experience and skill rather than qualification.
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
Thats a great choice. I just don't know why other people can't see that.
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@Morleyhunt (10673)
• Niagara Falls, Ontario
21 Jan 16
Each case is unique. My daughter was turned down for a job because she did not have the qualifications or the educational requirements, the person who recommended her knew she was capable. The company hired someone qualified who was terminated in six months. My daughter was hired and was the top sales manager within a year.
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
I just can't understand why companies can be that shallow with how they select their candidates. If the person is already experienced with the job, she will fit for the job even if her course is different.
@alchemistrx (2605)
• Philippines
21 Jan 16
I had the same experience.I'm applying for a major career shift turns out im not qualified then i better stick the course i had graduated to.
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
I guess that's the reason why our country cannot go forward. They are very close minded in considering applicants.
@TRBRocks420 (39733)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Jan 16
That sucks your friend didn't get the job, but sure she will find another one.
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Jan 16
I'm sure she will. A lot of companies will beg her to work for them. She's very intelligent.
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@anh101 (1391)
22 Jan 16
it seems that working experience made up of very successful people like Steven Job, and you are asking a question of all time why they require education paper, the truth that never reveals is people who are building system need a good team, and nobody likes to see a bad team to work for them, those who hire people (boss, no matter he has a great educational background or not doesnt matter) but this is from a deep human's mind of education (certificate and stuff). Becuz they feel spending 4 or 5 years, learning so hard to get a college degree, if they quit the job, then feeling lost, ashamed or nowhere to be found, but at least in a company or an organization, you are right there and has a potential to have a defined to compete with. This is is how the boss will definitely love to employ people with high education background since they are not gonna leave the job which will make a great teamwork. But more in the future the online work will replace some part of the office work since everything can be outsourcing, then that time the real experience and working skills needed not anymore the papers. Actually, i got the papers of my chinese, English, whatsoever, gone, just this Asian country is full living out of fake fame
@trivia79 (7975)
• El Segundo, California
21 Jan 16
i like this discussion! educational background should never be discounted even if you are experienced in an industry. some employers might found a suitable position for you not based on your work experience but based on your education especially if you're a college graduate.
• Philippines
21 Jan 16
I think at the beginning they may really be focused so much on your educational background but after having experiences wherein you have already proven that you know how to do your thing then I guess it's all that you need. Goodluck my friend happy mylotting!