Education vs experience

This article first appeared in issue 229 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Something I am becoming increasingly aware of these days is the long list of educational achievements that appear on young people’s CVs. While these are impressive in their own right, I have to say that as the owner and managing director of a marketing design agency, qualifications are far from the top of my list of priorities when I’m looking to fill a vacancy.

I recently held a series of interviews to fill the position of web development assistant at NSDesign, and I noted the disparity in skillset that exists between the recent graduates and those who had gone straight from school into work.

On the whole I found the latter group to be far more competent and capable, as opposed to the former group, even though they had been studying the subject full time at university for three or four years.

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