View Full Version : More Debating: Schooling vs Experiance
09-09-2002, 07:41 AM
Simple question: Would you hire some one with a degree or someone with years of experiance?
09-09-2002, 07:47 AM
Depends on the job, the nature of both the schooling and experience, and the demeanor of the individual.
'taint as easy as school vs. experience. Larger concerns will hire inexperienced people with schooling and no experience, as an investment in the future. Again, the way the individual is percieved by the job interviewer has a lot to do with the actual hire.
Smaller firms can't take the risks larger ones can, and often try to hire those with an already proven track record.
09-09-2002, 07:52 AM
Experienced people cost (and can charge) more.
Folks wth degrees cost less.
09-09-2002, 06:32 PM
Both schooling and experience are neccessary in a job applicantion, it's not like you're having to choose between two evils is it?
Schooling lets the possible future employer know if the applicant understands what the work is, and if they might have the possible resources to be efficient.
Experience though, I would say, can play a more crucial factor. Experience lets the employer know if the applicant has leadership qualities. Like if they're the real go-getter, or the one who will take the initiative on a project.
Both are equally important, but in certain cases, one may be more important than the other.
09-09-2002, 06:53 PM
Experience counts more in my opinion.
A college degree usually equals zero knowledge of the career field (with a few exceptions). College is just another pyramid scheme aimed at keeping the rich in wealth and keeping the poor in poverty.
However, because the mind-set of most established companies is still back in the dinosaur days of the baby-boomers, companies usually hire idiots who cannot do the job, hired only because they have a college degree.
Get the college degree in order to get your foot in the door, but follow it up with some technical schooling in order to actually be able to perform (and keep) the job.
09-09-2002, 07:12 PM
These are not mutually exclusive terms...
Without experience, education serves no aim... Without education, experience becomes a circular endeavour, as one cannot take as much away from it as if one had prior training.
But, as has been said before, the value of each depends upon the situation.
Take, for instance, my training as an instructor in the martial arts. I have years and years of experience, and a lot of technical knowledge too. There are lower ranks in the school that know more of the history of our art than I do, or who can speak the Okinawan dialect fluently... But when pitted against each other in sparring matches or kata competition, I whomp the smack out of them, because I have experience they do not.
However, in college, it's a different story. I have a ton of experience in the English field. But I cannot write research papers from experience. Sources must be cited, information documented. The ability to do that comes from having an education in the proper ways of academia.
So, dependent upon the situation, one may be favorable to the other, but when they work in concert, they are an undeniable force.
09-10-2002, 12:41 AM
Quentin Tarantino never went to film school.
Orson Welles learnt all he knew about film-making by watching "Stagecoach" 38 times.
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