It’s a debate what matters most when it comes to getting a job in a tight economy. Is it experience or education that will help you grow in your career and make a decent living? Studies show that graduates with work experience are more likely to get employed compared to those that don’t. So, the question is, how important is experience compared to education? Here are some reasons why.
1) Reality check
By having experience, it shows people that you have thought about what you want to do and understand the everyday realities of working life. The more experience you can get before you apply for your first full-time job, the better. It will also give you a good opportunity to gain useful skills and experience working with a range of people from all sorts of different backgrounds.
2) Learn about yourself
Education can help you through a number of things; however, work experience allows you to reveal things about yourself that education can’t. For example, it can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the experience, you will be able to answer the following questions. Are you a good communicator? Do you work well in a team? Do you enjoy the work you are doing? This opportunity helps many people understand the career path they want to take and if it turns out that the job isn’t a good fit for you, then it’s better to find out now on a short term instead of you doing it on a full-time basis.
3) Employers want their employees to be experienced
Although employers want their employees to be educated, many of them, in a variety of fields, feel that real-word experience is the only thing standing between graduates and their dream jobs. They want employees that understand how the world works and have skills that education can’t teach.
4) Even unpaid experience helps
Many young people do not understand the value of work experience because they think poorly of the jobs that do not have a connection to their future careers and do not pay very well. However, working itself can teach you many valuable lessons, even if your job is not intellectually challenging. For example, volunteer or work internships both provide you the same experience as a high-end job. You might find the job boring through this internship or you might find it interesting. But, it is always better that you learn through a short internship rather than a full-time employee.
AIESEC is a perfect organization for those that are looking to gain experience. We have internships that can help you develop yourself personally and professionally. Our internships provide you the chance to put your interests in action and gives you the opportunity to gain the skills that employers are looking for.
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