What Would You Hire Experience or Education?

Let’s Talk Business Kingmaker Society Community Chat What Would You Hire Experience or Education?

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    Brandon Vue
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    I had a discussion among a couple of peers and I tried to get employers ‘ opinions on this subject.
    Would you prefer to employ someone with 4 + years of intense knowledge in the sector for which you are recruiting. Or would you rather employ someone from a university with 1 or less years of knowledge in that sector who has just graduated with a 4 year degree? In the 20-29 age bracket, each prospective worker is motivated, intelligent options. It’s all about education vs knowledge. Thoughts?
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    Mel Garapolis
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    This really depends! If you need knowledge, you can’t hire the newly educated worker no matter what it costs. You’ll have to pay for the knowledge. There’s any number of reasons a manager might decide on one vs the other, in my opinion, but usually knowledge is the first consideration. If someone doesn’t know how to do the job, then nothing else is worth discussing.

    A lot of times, new college grads are being groomed to grow into jobs in the future. Businesses, especially the larger ones, need to be conscious of hiring for the next generation. They want people who will grow into complex jobs that are hard to hire for. Or they just want someone less expensive because the job doesn’t take as much specialized knowledge.

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    Brad Ume
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    Yes, this really depends on what you’re looking for. If you need someone to hop into a job and start right away with the correct knowledge, prior experience is necessary. New people may take longer to train, they might not have management skills that you’re looking for, and they may not be good for rapid growth of the company. You may want to consider hiring someone with little to no experience if you are looking to hire someone at a lower pay rate, need to mold and shape the employee for a new position, or if you have the desire and time to train.
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    Brandon Vue
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    Interesting, but I agree with Brad. When it comes to hiring both situations have their pros and cons. When you have time to train someone to do a task having a fresh grad to mold the way you want them too. But when you hire someone with experience they are already ready to go but they may have some bad habits. It is a give an take for both situations.
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    Colleen bail
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    This is an interesting thread, me and a friend were just discussing something similar to this the other day. I personally stand on people with experience because even if they don’t have the education they have the skillset that you are looking for when you are hiring. It is an advantage to be able to train newly graduated students but I personally don’t have the time or patience sometimes to stand over someone’s shoulder and make sure they are doing everything right. That experience factor means they have what it takes to do the job.
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    Brandon Vue
    Participant
    I like this type of discussion because both do have their pros and cons. But you are right both can get the job done depending on what you are looking for.
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    Sterling Pistole
    Participant
    Professional expectations should just shifted to internships from professional job experience. Many college graduates do have a number of internships that can make them stand out over their peers. This also doesn’t mean you should pass up on a graduate simply because they lack internships. Multiple factors should always be considered when hiring.
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    Samantha Byam
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    Oh I love this question and I guess my answer would be simple. It depends. I have no issue higher one over the other but it would depend on the applicants themselves. I look at each person coming in as a blank slate and it depends on the roll I am looking to fill in order for me to say if they would fit in with my team best. You can have all the schooling in the world and still not be prepared. You can have all the experience in the world and still not meld right with out team. It honestly depends.
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    Brandon Vue
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    It’s always interesting getting other peoples take on this topic because I feel like the answer can change depending on the situation you’re in. Right now for example, with everyone being remote and not having time to train the way they’re used to. People may now side with the side of experience because they don’t have to worry as much about what they’re doing.
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    Grayson Dodson
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    This  is a fun question honestly because I go for experience over education. Anyone can go to school and get a job but someone who is knees deep in the industry already is what you need. They already know what they’re doing and you don’t have to worry about anything. Honestly that’s the way to go for me.
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    Colleen bail
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    I do wonder if with this new work environment of people working from home now or more independently thoughts on this have changed. Now with people not able to be their physically to teach in some of these scenarios, wouldn’t experience trump all?
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    Jacky Quinn
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    I feel like experience is worth more then education, especially right now. We don’t have time to train new people in the positions because we can’t be hands on, so having someone who knows what they’re doing is the easiest answer.
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