This has been an ongoing debate for years!
Years ago University wasn’t achievable for some people, as it was too expensive. This mean’t only a handful of people achieved degrees.
The apprenticeship was very popular, people went to work at the local business and worked their way up.
Degrees then became the thing to have if you wanted to get that city job and earn more money, and everyone went to University.
You can now get degrees in so many subjects, it has something for everyone!
However, it has taken another turn, with degrees costing nearly £9000 a year, people are starting to look at other options.
Companies are now starting to invest in Apprenticeship schemes and Work Experience to help students get through the door and gain that valuable experience they need.
This is when the argument surfaces, is experience better than a degree?
I feel the argument can go round and round in circles, and can be argued from different points of view.
In my experience a degree gets you through the door for your first job. However as you move on throughout your career the focus becomes on your experience and less on your degree.
On the other side, so many people now have degrees that no one really stands out any more. They can be short listed depending on what University they went to, and what grade they achieved, but this means employers have to look further into the candidates CV, which involves looking at their experience.
This then causes the other problem, that work experience is very hard to achieve, as so many students are looking to add relevant experience to their CV.
In the future I think we will see more companies investing in work experience, Internships and Apprenticeship Schemes. This also means companies will be able to train students the way they want, so they work best for them.
What do you think? Do you think experience is better than a degree?
Key websites for work experience and internship opportunities:
http://features.thesundaytimes.co.uk/public/best100companies/live/template this is a great website to use when applying to companies directly.
Relevant article: http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0511/work-experience-vs.-education-which-lands-you-the-best-job.aspx