Experience vs Education

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This paper will address the issue with which a lot of people have been plagued: “Do I need a degree or experience for employment?” This is a question that is kind of hard to answer. Some job positions require one or both. There are even jobs that you do not really need one or the other, just plain common sense. But employers are supposed to have a process or procedure that they follow in order to hire the best candidate for the job. That process may include: a job opening, a completed application, an interview, reference check, and then an offer for employment. The prospects should be narrowed down according to the person (or people) that meet the requirements, whether it be education or experience (Hughes, 2005). Because education and experience work so well together, employers use both in deciding who to hire. An applicant possessing both education and experience almost guarantees them the job. But in today’s economy, finding a job or a career from which you could retire is so hard to do. So many people are unemployed. It used to be the inexperienced and uneducated people on the unemployment list. But now, people with Bachelor degrees, Master degrees, and even Doctoral degrees are unemployed. So those people with the degrees are now having to compete with the people that have years of experience. Which one do you think will get the job? This paper will discuss education for employment, experience that counts, and education vs. experience. After reading this paper you will have an idea of why employers hire some and not others when it relates to having education or experience. Education for Employment

Education is very important to have. Not only does it equip you with knowledge and understanding of what you are doing, but it also gives you an advantage over other people. It is very important to know what and why you are doing something. Having a degree also gives other people confidence in you and your ability to perform the job at hand. You would not want anyone handling the finances of your business and that person did not know how to use a general ledger. Some jobs do require that you know different things like that. A lot of jobs that state it require a degree really do not. An employer should really analyze just what the job requires, and then determine whether or not the candidate needs a degree or experience. “There is nothing wrong with requiring a four-year degree if that's what the job requires. But, if that requirement is based on a "that's how it's always been" mentality, or a personal bias, you are probably missing out on a large pool of job candidates” (Ha, 2008, para. 7). Ha (2008, para. 6) states that there are several reasons why employers prefer college degree applicants. Employers declare people with four-year degrees have the following characteristics: • A proven ability to analyze problems, conduct research and produce solutions • A proven ability to learn complex, difficult subject matter • Proof they are motivated and have drive

• Proof of intelligence
• Better interpersonal skills
• More credible qualifications
One could argue if those characteristics only pertain to four-year degree holding people. This could easily be observed as saying that only people with a four-year degree possess those characteristics. A survey that was taken from higher education institutions showed that three years after graduation, the percentage of graduates in full-time paid employment had reached 74 percent (Hilpern, 2008). That was an increase from 57 percent in a previous survey. The Student Experience Report 2007 stated that 94 percent of over 1,600 students surveyed reported that going to a university is a worthwhile investment. Research has also shown that three years after graduation, four out of five graduates were in graduate jobs (Hilpern, 2008). When experts were asked if they benefitted from receiving...
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