Which Is More Valuable To Employers - Work Experience Or College? You Make The Call

In a survey of 3,000 workers, the consensus was clear that more than half of those surveyed felt that work experience was more useful for their careers than higher education.

Many respondents indicated college had not prepared them for their careers, and many felt it wasn't necessary. The consensus was that work experience correlated more than education with how successful their careers were.

Many respondents also indicated they felt "colleges are stuck in the past" and are not keeping up with industry trends, technologies, and expectations. They recommend employers become better partners with colleges to address "the skills gap and better meet their hiring needs". Ginger Christ, "Work experience, not college, prepared employees for jobs, study finds", www.hrdrive.com (Nov. 14, 2023).

So, the question for our readers is: Which Is More Valuable To Employers - Work Experience Or College?

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Here is the opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq.

Ironically, employers require a college degree to start building experience. The best way to determine experience is to ask applicants questions that demonstrate experience in your industry.

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