Per Abdulla Saeed Almarri, we should never stop learning. Learning is a lifelong activity that offers personal and professional growth. When it comes to the business world, formal education is a big plus, but sometimes it isn’t quite enough. A person can’t gain real-world experience in a classroom, and the only way to get this experience is by living it.
A formal education is a plus when getting your foot in the door. Some jobs require a college degree to make sure new hires have some concept of the role and the industry. Upon hire, this is where the real-world education begins. A lawyer has to have a law degree, but law school cannot prepare them for the work culture they will find among different firms. Nor will that formal education teach them how to adapt on the fly from client to client.
A CEO might be looking at two people for a project manager position with very similar credentials, and either would be a good fit in the company culture. Yet their instincts are telling them which candidate to hire rather than logic. This instinct comes with experience and professional growth within a role. That CEO might not have been able to make the best decision a few years ago, but they are now in a place to do so.
While internships can be beneficial, especially if an intern is hired upon graduation, they might not show a person everything. Interns will probably not be required to make tough decisions or take on complex projects. While they might get a hint of real-world education, they usually don’t see the whole picture. If they do, it is the perfect time to determine whether or not that profession will be a good fit.
Abdulla Saeed Almarri has seen an eclectic mix of formal and real-world education during his/her career. For the jobs that do require a degree, this is just the first step in knowing the business. For those without this requirement, people with great work experience who seem to be a good fit already have the upper hand. In these situations, Abdulla Saeed Almarri looks at what can be taught to enhance what that person has already learned.
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