We here at MarisIT thought it was time to explore a burning question. The question that surrounds academic qualifications versus practical work experience. Many of our clients deal with both experienced professionals and academic graduates. We thought that this topic would be worth delving into as we offer services that evaluate the authenticity of both realms. Let’s see which side of the debate will come out victorious!
Qualifications Versus Experience
The rise of university placements has given way to the rise of qualifications. Some seem to think that the only way to get your foot in the door is by having a string of qualifications after your name. However, the rising cost of education has made some people think twice about pursuing higher learning. There are also grumblings from some quarters that university graduates aren’t prepared for the workplace. Is it perhaps time that work experience becomes the preferred attribute for employers or do qualifications still highlight the best candidate? Is experience the only way to measure a candidate or should qualifications be a fast-track to career progression?
How Much is a Degree Worth?
A degree is not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life; intellectual, social, sporting, personal, artistic, ethical, and so much more. Recruiters often write job advertisements that specify that a degree is needed for the job, thus the market decides on this point that it values degrees. Additionally, there are more jobs today than there were 50 years ago that involve working with your brain and fewer jobs involving manual skills.
Is Experience Key?
Experience will increasingly provide opportunities for further development of the person. However, experience may teach you that ‘doing something in a certain way does not work’, but education gives you the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills to show why it does not work. A course of education will bring a greater depth of understanding than experience can provide. Education develops your speed of learning and ability to learn at depth. Thus, the experienced learn new ideas, processes, or technologies, but the educated learn them faster and more deeply.
The graduates who are best at delivering high graduate value come from ‘sandwich’ courses with a year in industry. They have a great combination of theory and rigor, with a strong understanding of the application of knowledge. Therefore, it would seem that having a mixture of both theory and experience is the best recipe for long term success!
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