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Do employers value more experience or education in these fields?

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Sorry Ana. I would love to answer your Question, but.. I don't know what Career Field you are referring to. John Frick Translate
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Jason’s Answer

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Hi Ana,

If you can specify which fields you are referring to this would definitely help us to answer your question more precisely.

However based on my experience employers in various fields value experience and education very differently. For example I am in the hotel/tourism industry and this industry values experience more but of course a college degree might be able to get you into management position quicker if the opportunity opens up. Also jobs in the creative/entertainment industry work this way as well so if you are pursuing a career in similar fields I would recommend you to join a vocational club ex. DECA in high school or attend vocational class in a community college nearby to get the just of the field you are aiming to. I knew I will be going into the field of hospitality and DECA helped me a lot by gaining insights in contests and forums on district/state/national level. On the other hand if your role requires a certain expertise/depth of knowledge then education might come first such as the field of accounting, law, engineering, and so on. Of course all professionals also require extensive experience for anyone to grow and excel.

Only when combined with experience and continuous learning we will put ourselves on the competitive edge against the ever changing world. My advise is to talk to someone older like your counsellor/advisor at school if you are comfortable and also reach out to whoever is in the field of your desire already. They can often give you the most practical advice on what to expect in the real world then you can plan your next step accordingly.

You are going to hear many voices but no matter what FOLLOW YOUR HEARTS.
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Diego Rafael’s Answer

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Hello Ana!

That's a really good question! Usually, companies have many levels of positions such as Intern, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and so on.

I would say for the entry levels like Intern and Junior, experience it's not expected from you, as you are probably doing your graduation course in your area. Even though, you can have some experience that might help you show that you're really amazed by your profession. I'll give some examples.

* Look for an opportunity to help your local community, this also can be considered a professional experience if you're executing something in your professional area. You can have the opportunity to get "hands-on" experience and improve your networking.
* Look for some initiatives provided by your University. Usually, you can find some projects to helping organize some events, improve the process to book a meeting, improve the organization of the library and etc.
* Look for some opportunities in NGO, you can find similar short-term jobs to as the ones mentioned above.
* You can mention some important thing that you did during your graduation course such as leading your group to achieve some goal and etc.

For other positions like Senior, for example, the experience I'll a bonus and make a big difference for any candidate in any area. Usually, the company that is seeking a Senior professional, they are really interested in their experience to contribute to the company.

Usually, the experience demanded by a company really depends on the area. In IT, for example, you can have many valuable experiences as either student or intern.

If you want to talk more about it, just let me know! ;-)

Diego
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Katharine’s Answer

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The short answer: You need both. Education provides a foundation but experiences allows you to learn what you enjoy and to gain practical experience. It's okay if you're lacking a little in one or the other; if you are passionate about something, employees will see that and will often give you a chance at an internship or experience even if you don't have all of the credentials.
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Anitha’s Answer

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hi Ana,

It depends, if you are at start of the career, certainly education carries more weightage but there are companies like Google who does not care this and jobs are offered purely on the basis of your skill that you exhibited outside academics

But as you grow in experience, the skill expertise you bring for the job gets more weightage over education.

So it depends what is your passion and what you want to do. If there is passion, everything else become miniscule and you head to achieve that you desire to be
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Latricia’s Answer

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Hi, Ana

If you could clarify which roles you are interested in, professionals could answer this question.

That being said, 99% of roles that employers are looking to fill require various levels of education and/or experience.

Kind regards,
Latricia
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