Unitec student

I am a Unitec student and was hoping to find out the difference a degree would be worth compared to just experience, and just how difficult it will be for me once I've finished to get job experience.

Dear What Am I Worth,

I am a Unitec student and was hoping to find out the difference a degree would be worth compared to just experience, and just how difficult it will be for me once I’ve finished to get job experience.

I make, repair and upgrade computers, almost anything hardware-related, but have no commercial work experience. I have done C++ programming, HTML, Javascript, Pascal, Flash, Director, Office 2K, Win2K, Linux and a few other things.

My qualifications are Sixth Form Certificate, UE and bursary, and hopefully a Bachelor of Computing Systems degree. I also have a national certificate in electronics at level 2.

James

Elan IT replies: A university degree is often the qualification employers look for in order to begin their recruitment process. The next thing they tend to look for is a history of A passes. Because you are up against a lot of competition for jobs, these are often the minimum criteria employers use.

Having said that, employers then look for good communication skills, and that doesn’t mean just being able to speak and write successfully -- it’s communication of ideas and concepts along with personality fit with the organisation. In short, a uni degree is certainly valuable, but if this is your chosen field you are advised to do everything you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

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