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Degree versus experience

Some large corporations have begun to do away with degrees being a requirement for hiring.   | Photo Credit: Freepik

Today, employers are increasingly beginning to value skills over degrees. This means that jobs that require soft skills, experience, and creativity, don’t require specific educational qualifications as a hiring criterion.. Although it may seem like a new concept, it is not. In fact, some large corporations have begun to do away with degrees being a requirement for hiring. Here are a few reasons why employers value experience over a degree:

Application matters most: Theoretical knowledge of concepts and subjects could help frame things. However, only work experience leads to practical application. Therefore, in a modern workplace, prior experience could trump a degree.

Experience tells: All the work that you have done and projects you have completed professionally are unique to you and allow you to remain a step ahead of the competition. We live in a world where unique and creative people are valued above the rest. Thus, gaining experience in your field allows you to create your own approach to problem-solving, while others stick to the script.

Creates an identity: You would have probably come across an individual who has a degree in a particular field, but then realised that it was not his/her calling. This is usually because he/she tends to follow the pack and study a subject that he/she has no interest in. It happens due to a lack of self-knowledge. On the other hand, gaining hands-on experience at a job allows you to discover your strengths and weaknesses. It opens you up to yourself in a way that helps you understand where your true passion lies.

Boosts your network: A college degree would probably increase your friends circle, but work experience helps you create a network with people who are professionally qualified. This means that you can learn from each other and avoid career mistakes.

Degrees are everywhere. There are innumerable candidates out there who are sufficiently qualified. In today’s world, your resume is made attractive with the work experience that you have gained rather than the degree you possess. In short, graduating as an engineer only makes you an engineer on paper because you would not have much practical experience, while practical experience lets employers know what you bring to the table.

The writer is Founder, BridgeLabz


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