I agree work experience is a strong factor in future employment. But should we refine this to say, it helps to gain employment in a related skill area over flipping burgers. While anyone that puts in an honest days work is doing the right thing, it is more helpful to their careers to try and gain experience where they can gain needed skill sets.
… Pew Research survey asked college graduates whether, while still in school, they could have better prepared for the type of job they wanted by gaining more work experience, studying harder or beginning their job search earlier.
About three-quarters of all college graduates say taking at least one of those four steps would have enhanced their chances to land their ideal job. Leading the should-have-done list: getting more work experience while still in school. Half say taking this step would have put them in a better position to get the kind of job they wanted. About four-in-ten (38%) regret not studying harder, while three-in-ten say they should have started looking for a job sooner (30%) or picked a different major (29%).
This is consistent with the advice that focusing exclusively on academics in college is a mistake.
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