So what is all the fuss over experience – and why do employers set it as a requirement for various positions they wish to fill?
How do I get experience – and even more importantly, how can I break into a field if I don’t have traditional experience in that field?
Why do employers ask for experience when they hire?
If you are changing careers or coming out of school, these questions are likely on your mind. So let’s look first at what employers are really asking for when they experience.
One thing we know about learning is that actively participating in an experience is the ultimate teacher. You may learn about things, but until you actually do the tasks necessary to accomplish something, your ability has limits. We also know that many mistakes happen early while the person is in a learning curve. So employers use experience as a general indicator of a candidate’s ability to do a job.