Education vs Experience in your Career

Choosing a career can be a difficult decision. Whether you have known what you wanted to do for quite some time, or are looking for that perfect career, the steps involved in making it all happen are numerous. That is why you should always approach it with the big picture in mind, but begin by breaking it down into smaller steps that make it all seem much more attainable when viewed in this way.

Most jobs now require applicants to have some kind of training behind them prior to the interview. That is why career planning is so important. Upon graduating from high school, you will have either made the decision to go to college, or attend training from a skilled facility. No matter which route you took, you received valuable information that was designed to help you when doing a specific job. In many cases, you will be given opportunities to learn various skills through hands-on training or internships. This will not only give you a chance to hone your skills, but will also provide you with the practical experience you will need when it comes time to go to work.

When you apply for a job, the prospective employer will weigh your training with experience against that of other applicants, and will likely choose candidates based on this information. While you certainly cannot invent experience you do not have, you can take advantage of every opportunity possible to ensure you are accumulating experience.

Such opportunities may be offered during training, or may come in other forms. For example, you may feel it necessary to take an entry level position in a company for whom you wish to work. While this position may not directly incorporate your training, thereby making you under qualified, you may be able to learn as much as you can about the inner workings of the company while working your way up to a position that does require your level of expertise. By that time, you will have gained experience, and will also show your employers you are willing to work hard and take a vested interest in the company. When it is time to move on to a different job related to your chosen career, you will then be able to negotiate salary and position specifics much more successfully than if you have no experience at all.

Take every opportunity you can to learn more about the various aspects of your job. Remember, just because you learned a specific task or skill one way, that does not mean it will be performed exactly that way in every job. Keep what you know at hand, but be ready and willing to turn it into practical experience when the need arises.

Keep working hard, and always keep the main goal in mind. Be smart, diligent, and willing to accept change. This will not help you become a better employee, but will also make you more employable to others in the future.