The discussion over what matters most when it comes to landing a job is as old as higher education itself. Does a higher degree help you get a job, or does your previous work experience matter more? Will your experience or education help you stay employed, advance in your profession, and earn a solid living for decades to come, in addition to merely getting a job? Let us explore.
> Education vs Experience
A university dean would sit you down and explain why earning a degree is so important. Many professions, such as doctors, attorneys, and engineers, require it, and it will almost always appear under 'preferred' on job advertisements.
So, why is education necessary? According to the dean, it gives you transferable skills such as research, analysis, and time management. A degree also demonstrates to employers that you can acquire knowledge and learn quickly.
> Experience vs Education
On the other hand, a self-made entrepreneur would tell you that experience is crucial. They claim that if you start working right after school, you'll learn on the job and obtain three or more years of industry experience than university graduates.
When it comes to career advancement, recruiters will notice that you have the determination to succeed, which means it will take less time to train – or 'on-board' – you to be work ready. Plus, if you've worked in a field for a few years, it demonstrates your dedication – and that you won't leave after a year.
> Experience and Education
It's not as simple as having the right education or having the right experience. Employers who are greedy want both.
If you're serious about continuing your education, try a sandwich course, which combines practical experience with academic study. If your education does not include this, you can still choose a job placement that will help you develop your commercial awareness.
Good employers will allow you time – and resources – to study for industry certifications if you're currently employed. Thanks to recent advancements in remote learning technology, this has become much easier.
> It's Up to You
Most businesses want to see candidates' theoretical and practical abilities. However, you can benefit from both experience and knowledge. So, if you're debating whether to go to university or get a job, don't. You have the option of gaining both skill sets. Remember that you can always return to university or retrain in a new field later in life.