How Is Working Experience Beneficial to Future Career?

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What evidence is there to suggest that work experience is beneficial to your future career?

As future career could determine the status and income level of people, it has been concerned and discussed by most graduated students. However, according to the report ‘ Journal of Marketing Education’, the U.S. Labor Department anticipated that there would be only 14million college-level jobs for about 18 million graduates in 2005 (Gualt, et.al. 2000) and the graduates should realize that it has been more difficult to find a job in fierce competition. Meanwhile, the former Secretary of Labour Robert Reich suggested that professional skill training and internship experiences are required by 80% of these college-level jobs (Gualt, et al. 2000). Therefore, some people argued that work experience is an aid and beneficial to their future career.

However, to some extent, work experience is not necessary for future career. If the graduates enrolled at famous universities, they might find a job easily because of the universities’ good reputation. And it is hard to determine whether the graduates have got any useful experience in internship. So many people criticized that work experience could mean nothing. This article will present the current condition of UK graduate market and show how work experience could benefit the future career of graduates by boosting their skills, enhancing the success in the job market and helping them experiencing higher levels of job satisfaction.

In the report ‘Journal of Marketing Education’, skills of respondents were classified into 4 main groups (communication skills, academic skills, leadership skills and job acquisition skills). The respondents that included interns and noninterns were asked to provide their level of agreement or disagreement with the phrase ‘prepared me exceptionally well’ for each skill. A 5-point scale rating from strongly agree (5) to strongly disagree (1) has been used. The figure 1 shows the survey’s result done...
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