Some employers think that in the modern word academic qualifications for new employee are more important than experience and personal qualities. Is this a positive or a negative development?
People have different views on the importance of academic qualifications. Some recruiters give more value to a college or university degree than personal attributes and experiences. This essay shall look into the reasons for this. In my opinion it is a negative development.
There are many reasons why some employers give more stress on a degree than experiences. Undoubtedly academic qualifications are important because just as clothing is to first impressions, so is that university degree to that first job or a job with a good pay. The first thing that companies look for is that piece of paper before looking at an individual’s experience.
A degree simply proves that an individual has gone through the necessary training and understanding of how to carry out a job. Having a degree most definitely helps the recruiters in hiring suitable candidates.
However, ignoring a person’s experiences and skills is also not good. Personal skills and life experiences are also as important as good qualifications while recruiting new employees. There are many personal traits such as creativity, adaptability, honesty, integrity, and effort which are also important. A university degree does not signal whether a person has those traits. A degree does not indicate in any way how a person will function in the real world. Hands-on skills practical experience are more important in the present scenario. That is why some of today’s employers have started giving importance to these traits while hiring.
There are several methods for assessing job candidates’ personal skills. An interview is one good method. Other ways are group discussions or luncheons that require candidates to display social skills. Social skills can also be assessed using standardized questionnaires such as personality tests. Many of these measures are relatively straightforward to use, fairly inexpensive and can be highly valid.
In summary, it is understandable that personal skills are as important as qualifications. Therefore, personal skills and experience should also be given some weight in addition to qualifications.