The Balance Between Experience and Qualifications

In today’s world, it is increasingly difficult to gain employment – the vast majority of young people now attend university and hold good degrees, meaning we are all on a level playing field when it comes to qualifications.  This is where employers are now struggling to select the best candidates – if EVERYONE holds a degree, how to separate the best candidates from the rest?  It now comes down to life experience.

Work experience is often seen as a waste of time by young people, seeming to be a hassle to get set up and taking valuable time away from studying (which you need to do to get into a good university!).  This means that fewer people are finishing their education with working experience – leaving company bosses with little to work with when it comes to employment.  It is important that students today realise the value in gaining real life experience.  Now we are all so over qualified for work, it is a great way to show that you have the upper edge compared to the next candidate.