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What's your take? Degree vs. Experience

  1. It is often that the experince people are the ones that get the job.

    After school years. Many students scramble to get a degree, well others jump-start to working- gaining practical experience and knowing that they have a job. As for the students which have no guarantee that the degree they have studied for at least 3 years will provide a job in the end.

    So what's your take- Degree vs experience ?

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  2. My take is, you now have FAR TOO MUCH experience at posting this question. Once is sufficient.

  3. Apologies to the many same topic- just reply on this on. Thanks.

  4. Degrees have never guaranteed a job. These days experience doesn't guarantee a job either.

  5. This is an entirely subjective question. What kind of job are we talking? I, for one, would rather my doctor or hairstylist (both equally important, yes?) have a degree. My AC repairman? Experience is fine.

  6. Degree, well I hope so, as I sit in my university room weeping over my lack of experience.

  7. Are we allowed to vote for a combination of both?

    I double majored in two very broad fields. I graduated in 2010, with my two diplomas, honors, magna cum laude (but no summa! alas!) but I landed my job based on the hands on skills I acquired by being proactive and getting experience outside of classes (or taking targeted hands-on skill based labs).

    You gotsta have a plan and think ahead sometimes (not that it always works out, but it does help).

  8. Degrees have never guaranteed a job. These days experience doesn't guarantee a job either

    You learn these 2 different lessons either simultaneously or each lesson at different points in time.

    It's how to see a degree as a giving you the discipline and tools on how to think ..about anything, how to learn for life in a focused manner and how to translate what is most applicable for what you are doing/want to do.

  9. it depends upon the type of the job isn't it? Highly subjective..

  10. messymusings05
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    I have a degree but my experience has been much more useful on the job; however, without the degree I wouldn't have gotten the jobs to have the experience. It's a double edge sword :)

  11. messymusings05
    Member

    Actually, if I could do it over again, I would have gone to a technical school to have both education and experience.

  12. I have just completed a degree and am going to end up doing something i didnt need to get into debt for, i think unless you do a degree that has a specific job such as medicine, teaching, etc, then you have to be prepared a degree by itself means that you end up needing to do top up things or jobs want people with experience but you cant get experience without being given a chance at a job!

  13. I graduated last year with a degree. I haven't been able to get a job at all because they want experience :(

  14. It's kind of gotten to the stage where I live that you need a degree just to work in retail because most people go to college and so almost everyone you meet will have some sort of degree. An undergraduate degree doesn't mean as much as it used to. You want to get a good job, try do a masters.
    For most of the degrees at the university I go to, a period of work experience is compulsory which is good because you come out after four years with a degree but also with hands on experience. It's definitely how degrees should be.

  15. It's kind of gotten to the stage where I live that you need a degree just to work in retail because most people go to college and so almost everyone you meet will have some sort of degree. An undergraduate degree doesn't mean as much as it used to. You want to get a good job, try do a masters.

    I think it depends on the nature of job. But still we should look at our country's national statistics for college and university graduates: it's still not the majority. The higher cost of tuition is becoming expensive plus other factors.

    We have to constantly challenge our own social borders of our own perception of the world that we know: still narrow.

  16. @scientifican -well done on those awards.

  17. @scientifican -well done on those awards.

  18. A degree offers theoretical works and experience provide one with hands-on knowledge. To think about it getting your degree- you feeling proud- but how much of those years of work do you actually remember and can apply?
    Whereas, experience, you remember more and able to apply the knowledge.

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