A consistent fear for most freshers is the rejection based on the lack of work experience. In fact, there are so many memes and jokes on the internet about companies wanting great levels of experience and excellence of work with very less pay.
So why does everyone care about work experience so much? How important is it?
There are certain job roles where a candidate would get better with experience.
Some common examples are of managerial and diplomatic roles. Understanding people, managing workload and the adjusting to the nitty gritties of the job gets better with time and experience in such roles.
However, this too is not entirely sheltered from the need of new and fresh ideas which may be much more easy for a fresher or a person just starting out.
1.Most successful startups have young entrepreneurs.
You are at the right age for venturing out on your own.
You have a great need to prove yourselves, without the inhibition that may come with age. You are able to think of good products and unique marketing strategies because you are not seasoned yet.
If you were, it would be difficult for you to overcome the conviction that comes with experience and try something new.
2.You have ability to reach the right audience.
The ability to put yourself in the consumer’s feet is an ability that is needed if one has to reach the right audience.
This was not so important in the traditional setup because there were not too many players in the market with finances at their disposal for trial and error marketing campaigns. However, that is no longer the case.
3.You have ability to think from consumer’s point of view
Marketing and advertising have become very expensive. One needs to get it right in the first shot. In that case, it really matters how much one can get into the minds and hearts of consumers and think from their angle.
This can be very difficult for someone with experience as they have gathered knowledge over time, and this shapes their thinking. They may not be able to suspend it easily and think like the consumer does.
4.In education field young teachers likely to try new teaching strategies.
In fact, even for the traditional roles where experience would matter a lot, for example, in teaching and education, studies are finding that younger teachers are more likely to try new teaching strategies and likely to look at children in terms of holistic development, and not just grade or marks.
This means that the student feels much more cared for and understood by the teacher, and tries their best to do better.
This would have a more sustained result than the older methods of penalty and punishment. However, an experienced teacher may be so convinced of these methods that they may never have the kind of perspective required to try new things.
So, is experience important?
Yes it is in some fields, to a limited level.
Do freshers need to be apologetic about the lack of experience?
Definitely not, this makes them much more capable of thinking openly, coming up with amazing ideas and approaching a problem without the apprehension of failing.
If an experienced person fails, they cannot psychologically take it, because to them it means all the experience was a waste.
This apprehension will never haunt a fresher, making them the right candidates to bring in the ideas for a brighter tomorrow.