What is more important: a diploma or work experience?

What makes one CV over another? Educational diploma or practical work experience?

Today, employers are increasingly starting to prioritize skills over degrees. This means that jobs that require soft skills, experience, and creativity do not require specific degrees as a hiring criterion. While this may sound like a new concept, it isn’t. In fact, some large companies have started to eliminate mandatory qualifications for hiring. Here are some reasons why employers prioritize experience over a degree:

The app matters most: Theoretical knowledge of concepts and topics could help frame things. However, only work experience leads to practical application. Therefore, in a modern workplace, previous experience might trump a degree.

Experience says: All the jobs you’ve done and the projects you’ve professionally completed are unique to you and keep you one step ahead of the competition. We live in a world where unique and creative people are valued over others. So, gaining experience in your field allows you to create your own approach to problem solving, while others stick to the storyline.

Create an identity: You would probably have met someone who has a degree in a particular field, but then you realized that was not their calling. This is usually because he has a tendency to follow the pack and study a subject that is not of interest to him. It happens due to a lack of self-knowledge. On the other hand, gaining practical experience in a job allows you to discover your strengths and weaknesses. It opens up to yourself in a way that helps you understand where your true passion is.

Boosts your network: A college degree would likely increase your circle of friends, but the work experience helps you network with professionally qualified people. It means you can learn from each other and avoid career mistakes.

Diplomas are everywhere. There are countless sufficiently qualified candidates. In today’s world, your resume is made attractive by the work experience you have gained rather than the degree you have. In short, getting an engineering degree only makes you an engineer on paper because you wouldn’t have a lot of hands-on experience, while hands-on experience lets employers know what you bring to the table.

The writer is the founder of BridgeLabz

Maria D. Ervin