In your career ,what is the relative weight of Theory Vs Experience?

February 15, 2007 5:57am CST
In most of our careers many times (infact almost always ..)practical experience is valued high.An Engineer with 5 years of experience is valued more than a Engineering graduate (masters)just passed out, with no prior experience.He is still considered as an intern or a fresher. But theoretical learning always its significance and form the basis for practical learning . So in your career , what is valued the most? Would you prefer a blend of both ? If yes , to what extent ?
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15 Feb 07
I think a mixture of both is definately important. However if I was looking to employ someone I wouldn't necessarily choose one or the other. You want someone who is enthusiastic about the subject, is willing to learn and will get on well with the other memebers of the team. I think as a student the best thing is to get as much work experience as possible, then you will have the best of both worlds when it comes to getting a job.
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15 Feb 07
Certainly.The ability to work with others, is learnt only through experience.By far , it is the most important skill for a great career. So, what is the mix in numbers or percentages ? and what area of work is it ?