I recently read an article about the closing of one U.S. college. The article also predicted that more schools would be closing over the next few years. Part of this is related to declining enrollment rates. Students are worried about being in debt as well as the possibility of not landing a job after; all very reasonable concerns.
It’s a very sobering feeling when you’ve worked so hard at something, dedicating your time and depleting your resources, only to be doing something totally opposite of what you went to school for. I know this feeling all too well as documented in my guest blog post, “What College Didn’t Teach Me.”
The never ending question that I and many others in this predicament have is this: How can I get the experience if no one will hire me?
Many job postings that I come across require sometimes three to five years of experience. That’s impossible for someone who has just graduated. Even if a person has been out of school for that amount of time, like myself, those years surely haven’t been spent in the actual field of study.
So this is what it boils down to, the degree or experience. Which is more valuable, in a sense? Would you be willing to train the right candidate even if they didn’t exactly meet the years requirement but they had the education? What are your thoughts on this?
The College Grad