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Education VS. Experience!
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Education teaches you how to learn. Experience teaches you how to grow. Do you value education or experience more in your team and/or employees?

Does a BS outweigh 5 years experience and documented growth?

Does a MS outweigh 10 years? etc...

I have met many engineers and PMs with a larger piece of paper than me, that do not have the experience and problem solving skills to produce beneficial results in a situation where a project falls off the 'book' guidelines.
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Andrea,
In my experiences most employers like to see a combination of education and experience.

To me the certification is a great representation of both education and experience combined and employers are seeking for professionals that are certified.

I think you are absolutely correct that employers want to know that their employees can problem solve in order to produce results that are going to benefit the organization and project, which is why you need the experience.

I also believe that they want to see an employee has the dedication, discipline, and drive to finish a structured education program. Whether this means a full blown collegiate program like a BS or a MS or to complete a combination of the project management hours and discipline needed to qualify, study, and pass PMP exam.

As a manager and a leader I would personally take experiences over education. What I have noticed is through my job hunting I have found that larger companies want the PMP Certification which proves you know the core foundation and framework to Project Management and have the experience of leading projects.
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Aug 19, 2016 3:31 PM
Andrea Uvanni
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Absolutely! Thank you for your imput.

I agree with growing through both experience and education. I think that after a certain point, education through practical application like the PMP provides room for greater growth.
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Aug 19, 2016 3:26 PM
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Andrea,
In my experiences most employers like to see a combination of education and experience.

To me the certification is a great representation of both education and experience combined and employers are seeking for professionals that are certified.

I think you are absolutely correct that employers want to know that their employees can problem solve in order to produce results that are going to benefit the organization and project, which is why you need the experience.

I also believe that they want to see an employee has the dedication, discipline, and drive to finish a structured education program. Whether this means a full blown collegiate program like a BS or a MS or to complete a combination of the project management hours and discipline needed to qualify, study, and pass PMP exam.

As a manager and a leader I would personally take experiences over education. What I have noticed is through my job hunting I have found that larger companies want the PMP Certification which proves you know the core foundation and framework to Project Management and have the experience of leading projects.
Absolutely! Thank you for your imput.

I agree with growing through both experience and education. I think that after a certain point, education through practical application like the PMP provides room for greater growth.
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A combination of both is the ideal situation as Education gives you background and foundation so you can built on it with Experience. It also depends on the field you are involved with like for example Engineering, when you have education background, it will help you managing your projects and do value engineering.

I can't value one over the other but this has nothing to do with Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills - Those leaderships skills some are born with you and improved with experience, other you gain with your experience.
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2 replies by Andrea Uvanni and Anupam Ganguly
Aug 23, 2016 4:23 PM
Andrea Uvanni
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Thank you Rami for your imput!

I have to agree that some skills you are simply born with. No amount of studying, education or experience can be exchanged for one's ability to process certain concepts, while others can be grown upon.

I have had to learn to trust my gut, the world has too many variables to use a textbook application without adjustments.
Aug 24, 2016 7:33 AM
Anupam Ganguly
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I agree with Rami on the combination of both.

On 'engineers and PMs with a larger piece of paper' - you can overlook.
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Aug 19, 2016 5:51 PM
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A combination of both is the ideal situation as Education gives you background and foundation so you can built on it with Experience. It also depends on the field you are involved with like for example Engineering, when you have education background, it will help you managing your projects and do value engineering.

I can't value one over the other but this has nothing to do with Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills - Those leaderships skills some are born with you and improved with experience, other you gain with your experience.
Thank you Rami for your imput!

I have to agree that some skills you are simply born with. No amount of studying, education or experience can be exchanged for one's ability to process certain concepts, while others can be grown upon.

I have had to learn to trust my gut, the world has too many variables to use a textbook application without adjustments.
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Aug 19, 2016 5:51 PM
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A combination of both is the ideal situation as Education gives you background and foundation so you can built on it with Experience. It also depends on the field you are involved with like for example Engineering, when you have education background, it will help you managing your projects and do value engineering.

I can't value one over the other but this has nothing to do with Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills - Those leaderships skills some are born with you and improved with experience, other you gain with your experience.
I agree with Rami on the combination of both.

On 'engineers and PMs with a larger piece of paper' - you can overlook.
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I agree as well with Rami. A combination of both is useful.
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Education can give you a certificate which is an objective benchmark. So it has the advantage of opening the door for opportunities. Experience is of course important, but one critical factor is whether one actually learn from the experience, and hence the term "Continuous Learning".
PMP values both education and experience, so that answers the question that in real life you need both. And of course it pays high value on "Continuous Learning"!
P.S. This forum helps me to "learn" from other people's "experience"!
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2 replies by Andrea Uvanni and Jing Xia
Aug 31, 2016 8:51 AM
Andrea Uvanni
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Thanks Dominic!

And I completely agree, this forum helps me see where others struggle, where others excel, techniques others have used, and how my style compares and where I can improve.
Apr 28, 2017 4:34 AM
Jing Xia
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I do agree with the opinion of ''PMP values both education and experience, so that answers the question that in real life you need both. ''
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Aug 31, 2016 3:57 AM
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Education can give you a certificate which is an objective benchmark. So it has the advantage of opening the door for opportunities. Experience is of course important, but one critical factor is whether one actually learn from the experience, and hence the term "Continuous Learning".
PMP values both education and experience, so that answers the question that in real life you need both. And of course it pays high value on "Continuous Learning"!
P.S. This forum helps me to "learn" from other people's "experience"!
Thanks Dominic!

And I completely agree, this forum helps me see where others struggle, where others excel, techniques others have used, and how my style compares and where I can improve.
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Let's change the headline to "Education & Experience.... the benefits of both!"

Having a strong educational foundation (bachelors, masters, cert, etc.) is like starting with fertile seeds to sow a bountiful farm. You can still learn by doing, but you'll be better off having down the nuts and bolts before getting going...

Capiche?
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1 reply by Andrea Uvanni
Sep 27, 2016 1:11 PM
Andrea Uvanni
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Capiche! I do agree there are great benefits to both. :D
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Sep 27, 2016 1:04 PM
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Let's change the headline to "Education & Experience.... the benefits of both!"

Having a strong educational foundation (bachelors, masters, cert, etc.) is like starting with fertile seeds to sow a bountiful farm. You can still learn by doing, but you'll be better off having down the nuts and bolts before getting going...

Capiche?
Capiche! I do agree there are great benefits to both. :D
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