In the wake of the pandemic, many college graduates expected a lengthy job search, but as the New York Times recently reported, “Seniors and graduates are again in demand as companies revive recruiting, underscoring the economic premium that comes with a diploma” (source). To bolster the apparent premium of the diploma, however, many graduates are seeking additional education.
As a recruiter offering Big Data staffing services, I often speak to graduates seeking additional experience in software and big data. Many graduates wonder whether they should take a class on SAP, big data, Salesforce, or another technology. And many wonder how to progress from the ranks of Salesforce newbie, SAP novice, or big data beginner to something more.
It’s been years since I was a recent graduate, but I keenly remember my frantic race to hone my skills and knowledge while looking to graduation with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. My parents and I put so much capital into my education, but I questioned my ability to find a good job.
Would my degree prove worthwhile in the professional sphere? Would employers take notice? Would I need additional education to stand out among other applicants?
My heart goes out to the recent graduates, especially big data candidates, who face relentless competition from peers. But we all start this way, and many novices become masters. So this post is for recent college graduates, who may be surprised by a simple truth of recruitment: Many employers prefer experience over degrees.