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Hi,
A difficult question, but many around keep asking this. I know people who are college drop-out by choice or due to situation. They have years of experience, in some cases 20+ years of domain expertise in HR, Accounting & Finance, Construction, Marketing, etc etc. But they do not have a bachelors degree. They have learned a lot during the struggle and are exceptionally good in what they do. A lot of freshers with little experience admire them too. Now, the real Q is what value such non-degree holders have today in corproate India? Are they considered valuable assets because they have rich experience? or are they just not looked at because they do not have a bachelors? Please comment.
Many Thanks
AMJAD LALA
10th September 2011 From Saudi Arabia
Well 1st of its a wonderful Q. 2ndly Exp. does matters but upto a certain level at one point one has to have it in writing. Eg. a person has 10years of exp. in HRM or anything but he dont have a certi. staing the same, he wont be entertained the same as compared to the one who hold the certi. So the bottom line is no doubt those people are kind of asset however holding a degree does matters.
Regards,
Firoz Mogal.
10th September 2011 From India, Surat
Dear friend,
I want to share one example for clarifying my view. One of the LTD group in Pune, who's GM HR is having 25+ years of experience as HR & Admin. I have worked over their only for 20 days. I was getting very bad experience in working with them. They do not have HR Policies, not following basic value & ethics. GM HR is not able to understand, what should be profile for HR person. Exa., he added sales profile with HR profile. After my release he has handover HR profile to sales person. They do not have clarity of each one's job profile. Any person can do any type of work. So, even if person gain experience in any field, he will gain experience & work as per his choice, but will not understand basics of his role. He will not work as professional trained person. Seniors, pls. correct me if I'm wrong.

10th September 2011 From United States
A mason has more construction knowledge than a Engr. can we treat the mason at par with Engr? Qualification is foremost coupled with experience. Pon
10th September 2011 From India, Lucknow
Hello AMJAD LALA,
Frankly, I am not sure if your question can be termed as a 'difficult' one.......but it definitely is a very interesting & apt one.

The responses of Firoz Mogal, Satish Parimal & Pon basically point out to one basic/fundamental aspect.

Let's take the example that Pon mentioned--of a Mason.
The Mason knows that when he has to construct a house in a particular fashion/way, he has to FOLLOW CERTAIN STEPS--by virtue of his long experience in which he has observed others do it THAT WAY. But he wouldn't & can't know WHY he has to build the house THAT WAY & not any other way, if at all--meaning the 'Knowledge' aspect would be missing from his work [by 'knowledge', what I mean in such situations/context is the 'conceptual knowledge' & NOT the knowledge gained by observation/practice]. If there is slight variation in the house plan/elevation, he would be confused or unable to handle the task--UNLESS HE HAS SEEN IT BEING DONE EARLIER.

EDUCATION IS WHAT GIVES THE "CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE/DEPTH" TO THE INDIVIDUAL [assuming he/she has genuinely learnt during the education process]. This gives the individual the knowledge of "WHY" of whatever he/she is doing. Once that knowledge is known, he/she automatically gets the ABILITY to handle variations of any situation that the profession brings along the way.

The same applies to virtually every & any field. Another typical & notable example would be that of a Doctor & his unqualified Assistant.

Hope I have brought clarity to your query & haven't confused things :-)

Rgds,
TS
10th September 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Dear TS,

Imagine a college drop-out want to learn accounting and takes private tution and then joins a company as accounts assistant. After few years he gets very good in his job as an accountant and gets promoted as accountant or senior accountant. Though he has no bachelors degree in accounting but he has very good knowledge of accounts and experience working in a real time enviroment. What would be your opinion about this case? He is not a mason. Internet had made learning much easier, training institutes are flourishing everywhere, an average smart person will little knowledge of computers can learn a lot by going taking small courses. I hope u agree with this.

Mason's story is not applicable to all professionals. I personally know a lot of IT guys who are way too better than guys who have done their MCA. I know extremely good web developers and programmers who had singled handedly completed many big e-commerce websites. They are not grads. Likewise i know designers with no formal degree, but they know more and are way too smarter and better designers when compared to guys coming with formal degrees.
10th September 2011 From Saudi Arabia
Hello AMJAD LALA,
I think you have missed the point.
Pl re-read what I mentioned in my earlier response:"assuming he/she has genuinely learnt during the education process". IT'S NOT which degree one has got, but WHAT ONE HAS LEARNT IN THE EDUCATION PROCESS--the Degree is only CONSEQUENTIAL. So in effect, the focus IS [and HAS TO BE] invariably on the knowledge-base acquired AND NOT on WHAT degree or HOW [thru a Regular college or Part-time or Correspondence course] it was acquired.

To elaborate, if everyone who has a B.Com degree [to take your example] ought to be at the SAME LEVEL of knowledge-base, why do 2 persons with the same degree draw different salaries OR able to handle different responsibilities OR have different levels of efficiency? I am sure you would have noticed such situations. Or looking at this aspect from a different perspective, a person who passed BCom with Distinction COULD BE INFERIOR in handling the real-time accounting than a person who passed with, let's say 50%--it just means the former just 'studied' & acquired a BCom degree, while the later didn't just study--he/she 'learnt' the subject during the education process.

The same applies to any profession, including the Mason/Supervisor, etc.
Hope that makes things more clearer.

Rgds,
TS
10th September 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Dear TS,
You have a point there and i dont disagree. My Q is about guys with knowledge+experience, but NO degree. If you are to hire an accoutant and you have 2 candidates. One with Degree+2 yrs experiece and the other NO degree+10 yrs experience. Whom would you hire?
In India, we see thousands of people around with NO degrees but they are too good in what ever they do. What i would like to know is "do you or corporate india consider such candidates as valuable"? I know few guys whose application was turned down just because they do not have bachelors, but they have tons of knowledge & experience and they are exceptionally gud in their profession.
10th September 2011 From Saudi Arabia
Hello AMJAD LALA,
To answer your query, here is my response.
My REFERENCE POINT for Hiring WILL NOT be the qualifications--or the lack of them--of the candidates. The Reference Point I would apply--in general--will be the DEMANDS OF THE JOB under consideration.

To take the same example which you used--Accounts/Accountant: if the job is something that involves activity that is routine & stable with not much of variations in either the role or the intricacies of the job [for eg., entering the accounts using some S/W, preparing the balance sheets, etc], I would unhesitatingly assign qualifications a second priority--if a lesser qualified person can handle the contents of the job @ hand, why hire a higher qualified person for it--in the process expending higher CTC?
But if the job demands a lot of thinking across--let's say--currencies, time-zones, domains, etc--then I would prefer a suitably qualified person.

So it all depends on the context/situation that ought to decide the weightage/priority we assign to each of the deciding parameters. Because, at the end of the day, it's the WHAT, WHY, HOW & WHEN the job was done--NOT 'WHO' did it.

Hope you get the point.

Rgds,
TS
11th September 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Amjad, TS, Firoz, and Pon,
Interesting insight into this topic.....I'd like to add a twist to this Q, does a degree of any kind matter today which was done 12 - 15 years ago? To expand my Q....If I had... lets say a HR person, excellent in his choosen field with proven varied experience and knowledge but no Bachelor's, would you hire him or would you hire a person with a degree with the same or less experience profile and who you feel does not somehow fit the company's profile / culture?
Knwoing the speed at which knowledge and sharing within professional groupstake place, is a degree done 10 - 15 years ago redundant in today's age?
Like to have your views on this
Rgds,
11th September 2011 From Oman, Muscat
Steve! you have a point there. I am a businessman and have a very practical mindset and approach to business. All my hirings are based on experience and skills. I am not concerned about Bachelors or Masters. I have worked with people who have tons of knowledge and experience but no degree. In some cases, MBAs and MCAs with little experience used to beg an opportunity to get trained under their supervision/leadership. As i mentioned earlier, for someone who really want to learn something will definetely find ways to acquire knowledge and internet and trainings courses provide that platform to get started. The more they dig-in,the more they get hands-on. The culture and trend is changing in many groups and MNCs accross the globe. Applicants with No-degree are being considered. I have no much idea about India and Indian HR practices. I have been living in Saudi for the past 21 years. Experience counts here too. One example is my staff (designers) couple of them do not have bachelors, but they are champions of their domain. I did not see their certificates, but yes during the time of interview i looked at their work which impressed me a lot and i took them aboard.
11th September 2011 From Saudi Arabia
Experience matters. Qualification also matters. Companies prefer to have a person who is well qualified and well experienced.
What is most important is to have a qualification relating to your profile.
My personal observation is that Your qualification (whether degree or diploma) is only a Gate pass to enter into an organization. After entering into an organization, it is the work experience and exposure, that really count!.
Thanks,
regards
R K Nair
11th September 2011 From India, Aizawl
If you are just starting out in your career, then having a degree is obviously more valuable than not having any at all. Experience give you value over a period of time. Just having a degree is not enough. One needs to have a good percentage to have an edge over other candidates in the industry. Similarly, having x years of experience is not enough, one had to have a measured and proven track record. Also, in either case, one needs to express to impress. Having a fancy degree or having 10 years in a fancy position will seem to be useless if you cannot express your knowledge and experience.
In conclusion, "degree will help earn you a living, but experience will help earn you your fortune"
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11th September 2011 From India, Pune
Hello amjadlala,

Your comments seem to be corroborating what I mentioned in my last posting--"....Reference Point I would apply--in general--will be the DEMANDS OF THE JOB......." AND ".....at the end of the day, it's the WHAT, WHY, HOW & WHEN the job was done--NOT 'WHO' did it".

By & large, it's the 'Balance' between the relevant Knowledge [brought about by education--leading to Degrees] AND experience which is what finally matters--at least has to matter. When one factor is less--let's say, Knowledge--what will matter to that person & to the organization is if the overall Balance is achieved by a larger dose of the other factor--Experience--to compensate for the lack of the former........and vice versa.

The Designers you hired obviously fall in this category--no/less education [which could have led to knowledge] compensated by a large experience [which obviously led to knowledge]--with YOUR focus being on their 'knowledge' that you felt the job needed.

Coming to Steve Brass's query, I suggest you just replace the word 'degree' with 'knowledge'--you will have the answer. Unfortunately, in today's world, 'education/degree' has become synonymous with 'knowledge'--which IT'S NOT--else, amjadlala wouldn't have started this Thread.

Just like in every phase of life, any extreme idea/position about this issue also would only lead to lop-sided & ill-conceived decisions being taken--which in the long-run would invariably be counter-productive & detrimental [to both the individual & the organization]. I have seen it happen on quite a few occasions.

Rgds,

TS
11th September 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Dear All,
This is very intresting discussion. It is assumed that if any candidate has particular degree, he/she has gained knowledge in that particular stream and hence while recruiting any candidate the certified qualifiaction is preferred.
Many corporates, to maintain their standards in the market want to hire highly qualified candidates. So that in market they can show they have qualified staff. In such cases, for any candidate having good and indepth knowledge and experience but lacking certified degree is difficult to get job.
11th September 2011 From India, Mumbai
Dear dbpawar,

Degree in many cases is just a piece of paper. A lot of students these days depend on "model papers", "guess papers" and "cheating" - A few hard working students gain depth of knowledge because they are dedicated and they really work hard to get that certificate. In past 5 years i had interviewed a number of MBAs who were worth nothing. I gauged them through the poor knowledge and skills they have. They claimed to have worked with some reputed names in India. It was very shocking to me. This experience changed my view towards hiring talent and since then i started hiring people on the basis of experience, knowledge and skills. Degree does not necessarily mean knowledge - for sure! There are a number of ways to get minimum passing marks to obtain that certificate. Knowledge come hard way through hardwork and efforts.

I am sure many of us might have experienced this when interviewing candidates. Whats the ratio of real knowledgeable candidates vs Fit for nothing degree holders?

I totally agree with you and few other gentlemen that degree does get you the entry ticket, but remember, that ticket is for a short show.

I personally DO NOT agree on hiring on the basis of Degree. I prefer to give equal opportunity to non-degree holders. End of the day what matters to me as a businessman is productivity & quality. Non of my clients ask for my staffs qualification. They guage the quality of work we submit. What they want and what we deliver matters.
12th September 2011 From Saudi Arabia
it does not matter what degree quelification you are having.if you have depth knowledge about any field than its ok and that really count it means that expouser,(hands on)experience play vital roll.Further ......
Warms & Regards
Pramod Mishra
12th September 2011 From India, Delhi
Hello My Dear Netizens,
I myself is literally confused with degree or experience. I surely say that nothing counts here in India, except your regional back ground i mean Kannadiga, Telagu, Tamil or Malayali. If any one dare to say no to this, then I have my own example to narrate.
12th September 2011 From India, Bangalore
If I need to appoint any one I will see his experience only. Educational degree l wont consider at all.
I have seen many MBAs who are only bookworms and cant perform independently.
An employee if experienced then will add more value to business with his practical knowledge.
12th September 2011 From India, Mumbai
hello everybody, AMJAD LALA’s Q is really interesting... but m sorry not getting a proper answer..all the hr professional kindly help with little more inputs.... thanks
12th September 2011 From India, Delhi
There are no dumb people , a degree is important, but what is most important to have a plan. Run your life the same as you would run a company or a business. Failure is NO option, everybody can succeed, be positive.
Communicate face to face, do not rely on others to give you a job, but look for opportunities through connection. ( not websites ) People you know and have met in school, college, sport etc.
I run programmes in several countries, this to give people an practical inside in Business, no theory.
Good luck, you will find a way, most people do
12th September 2011 From New Zealand, Wellington
Both are necessary dude.
Cant do without any one of them.
If you want to work long in the same company which offers good growth, you might not have to care about getting a degree. (Since you already have a job you can excel in)
If you want to find new jobs etc, degree is important.
12th September 2011 From Japan, Toyonaka
Dear Amjad,
It is very important for the members who are having experience without required qualifications to upgrade themselves with the recent developments & to acquire required skills through part time learning.There are many organisations taking initiatives through training sessions & sponsorship. They ensure that the employees are well groomed to take it on.
Pl remember. Learning is a never ending process.
Regards,
Mohan.
12th September 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Degree or Experience? What matters? What Counts

A really nice question and the answer is "the passion and Patiance".

If a person who is not having any degree but with patiance and passion stays on with the ups and down in the same organisation, and when he desire to be in a mangement team and company deserves such candidates its just matter of Expereince. I have examples where in a Diploma holder shere with his dedication and extrodinary desire and hard work reached the position of Vice President. There are few more stories where in an ordinary draftsmen with experience and loyal to the company, the company designated him Design Engineer. The point of the matter is not degree but experience with passion and patiance.

However the second side is just degree, I had visited an High Performing Organisation, all operations were done by the engineers. The culture lasted only for 5 years thats because engineers thought they were just being used as machine.

So .......... we cannot definetly endose degree or experience but blend of both.
12th September 2011 From India, Mumbai
Experience and Degree has the same importance and value.If a person has only a Degree.Then he has to start from a beginning i.e. he has to learn a lot about how th e organization functions.On the contrary, If a person has an experience.He is very well accustomed with the functioning of organization.

He doesn't have to to be trained.If a person has got the experience.Then, he has a practical qualification rather than the bookish qualification that counts more and make anybody more knowledgeable as comparison to the BACHEOLAR DEGREE.



At the end,Experience and qualification.They both are equivalent important.

Experience of 3years after 10+2 has a equal importance as of a bacheolar degree.

But it is important that you should continue your education with your working...It gives you immense and extra advantage in entering the good corporate.



i have started working after my second year.I had completed the graduation as well as attended the classes on my saurday and sunday.



currently i am pursuing my masters 2nd year and has an experience of 3years.



Thanks

Lovely.
12th September 2011 From India, Mumbai
Dear Sir,
An Experienced nurse can't become a doctor. Event though one is experienced one is required to have degree related to that field. Some fields are exceptional. They are:
1. Music. Most of the renowned musicians are not degree holders. But they have becom world famous.
2. Art. Most of the cine and drama actors are degree holders. Further, some actors are illiterate but due to their experience and skill they achieved the pinnacle in their life.
3. Goldsmiths and Jwellary business: Such business people don't have even school education. But, they succeed in their business.
Hence, experience alone or degree alone can't help in some their fields. Degree with experience will make a person perfect in all dimensions of his professional career.
Chandrasekaran, Madurai. 12 Aug 2011
12th September 2011 From India, Madurai
Dear Mr. Amzad

This question is very interesting as well as very valuable for those who does not have any certificate or diploma or any Mgmnt degree, still they have a sound knowledge along with rich experience (10 to 15 Yrs) of their respective departments like HRM, Finance or Accounts.

I my opinion a person having a degree of MBA or Diploma in some respective field with no or small experience he does'nt know the practical knowledge or exp. in working that how to face the pressure or how to handle the critical situation in some emergency cases and many more practical exper. these kind of person must not be compare with/ against the rich experience holder person, because the experienced person having all kind of practical & theoretical knowledge, and off course there degree or diploma should not count a advantage against the rich experience. books always based on theoretical experience but somewhere its contains some example with practical experience but it is not sufficient that where two different persons are there one of them is only experienced and one of them is only diploma holder having 1-2 yrs little experience, recruiter must be always beware that it is not compulsory that degree holder always good candidate instead only experienced person.

Conclusion is that Experience never count small or poor than a degree holder person and if the person having rich exp. in his respective field must me selected because in earlier period it was not compulsory for those who started their career before 10-20 yrs ago. Nowdays is completely professionalism therefore any incompetent person can take the degree from anywhere to create more completion between the unemployed people therefore recruiter of any company must be careful to select the right candidate he should decide that what he is going to select "EXPERIENCE" OR ONLY "DEGREE/DIPLOMA".

Thanks

Charanjeet Singh
12th September 2011 From India, Bareli
Dear Amjad Lala,

Your question is very relevant in the changed scenario of globalization. Actually people should have the learning aptitude rather than acquiring certificates. But acquiring qualification surely adds updation of knowledge. Attitude and interest is the basic skill required by an employees. I think your question is mere psychological one.... Present day's Recrutment Manager should give more importance to the interest and aptitude of the candidate while doing the selection process. In my experience, one of my friend who was having 2nd rank in MTech(IT) from Kharagpur IIT,. but he was not having actual aptitude in IT field. One day he mentioned about my aptitude in the IT area even though I was not having any technical qualification in working in the IT field. Finally he quit the organization because of his mental conflict. When I was joined in the Central Public Sector organization, I was having only graduation, after wards I acquired MBA(HR),MHRM,MSC(Psy)and now persuing Mphil(Mgt). After acquiring all these qualification, my thinking pattern changed completely. Simply measuring people based on their qualification is not good. But if the organization is able to tap/utilise the potential of the people for the organizational effectiveness, it will be a value addition to the organization....I think present modern organizations including IT/ITES industries are able to succeed in this mission, and they are becoming SUNRISE industries..... Hence people should be assessed based on their knowledge, creativity, innovative thinking, aptitude, attitude, research mind etc., ie., in a psychological manner.... This the main reason for the failure of today's Govt of India Public Sector..... My experience from the present employer....taught me lot of lessons.... Here nobody wants knowledge or learning aptitude....... If I would have been in a present day Modern Organization,. they might have been utilized my knolwedge for the organization,

In my experience, comparing people with qualification is not favourable, but each and every individual of an organization should be directed to add knowledge and capabilities for converting the organization in to a Learning organization....

Recruitment should be based on the aptitude and interest in the job......Through psycho metric assessment HR Manager can reveal the potential of the candidate.

Another point is that we are enjoying a lot nowadays because of the dedicated invention of people, People like Marie Curie who have even dedicated her life for invention. If we go through the History..... they were not even having any certificates....

There are lot of inventions are also happening in the agricultural field.... mere farmers are inventing a lot based on their past experience... They are not even able to acquire patent for their inventions..... Can we under estimate these people based on their qualification........ Sorry for killing your precious time...

with best regards

Asok kumar.R
12th September 2011 From India, Bangalore
Dear all,,

This is an interesting discussion, I would like to put forward the following views.

1. Many Management gurus have evolved out of experience which is an ever changing aspect.

2. If you consider a dynamic organisation or for that matter, any organisation deals with issues related to HR that are always dynamic. In this scenario a degree limits itself to the application of acquired knowledge, whereas experience takes it one step beyond by adapting to requirements. Everyone would agree that the end product of this mangagement is the organisational objective.

3. Every organisation is unique in its own way of operation and management, How could there be a common parlance in management. The basics may still be workable which is gained through knowledge by a degree, however if one has to adapt or rather develop in an ever changing scenario, its the experience which counts. Only experience can give an upper hand in handling various scenarios and meet challenges.

for the purpose of discussion I have limited the scope to experience vs Knowledge however considerations like, personal, attitudinal and behavourial traits dont form a part of this discussion.

regards
12th September 2011 From India, New Delhi
Dear Seniors
The degree and Experience is two eyes of HR in the present situation .The most important point as for the psychological Concept the Environment and Experience is molded to the personality of every professional
as for HR Concern The Experience is most important advantage of effectively Manage the Human Resources...
The most of the Degree and post graduate degree holders are not for having the fundamental knowledge of HR.I am not for criticizing the candidates if you give provide 2 year experience it will create grate knowledge of HR......
After that the indian Educational system is not for perfect for the present corporate expectations.
in my conclusion is the Professional qualification and Experience is most important qualities of present HR Management
With Regards
12th September 2011 From India, Coimbatore
nice thread and very good responses here for the topic, but i would like to say anythings that are attached with a person either a degree or a experience we should hire a person who has a skill for the particular works,and has knowledege and can provide good outcome with his effort,and can do well in pressure situation,nowdays degree merely matters much in this internet world who can show his talent online and build good reputations
12th September 2011 From India, Bhayandar
hi all,
With degree certificate one will have growth in career and monetary wise, without certificate, one's position will become stagnant whereever he is working, though a person proves to be the best in their profession, management will always try to keep him in low level.
rgds.
12th September 2011 From United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Dear Amjad Lala,
Today in challenging corporate world there should need both qualification and experience. Qualification gives the knowledge of concept, strategic thinking and the ways to innovate for better decision making every time for better handling the opportunities. But experience only gives the practical idea, process to go through for handling the work.
If any person have experience and not qualification he/she will less power-point of innovative idea to work as according to policy. But better management will never be possible without qualification & knowledge. Satish & Pon have rightly said that qualification gives additive advantage (clarity) to work & handle the situation all the time effectively.
Thanks & Best Regards:
Vikas Ranjan
12th September 2011 From India, Bangalore
To day we are learning something because of someone's experience,
there have been members of this forum who are very successful &
great trainesrs , who proudly declared ' I train by experinece , not
books' . We are seeing to day great degree holders are sitting and
waiting for an opening , whereas experienced , lesser educated &
dedicated persons are getting great ooportunities. What kind of
degrees dear Dhrubhai Ambani or even Birla and Tata's founding
managers had. It all depends on employer what they want. In today's
scenario degree semms to be an entry pass , later experience matter.
Regards and best wishes.
Aspirations
12th September 2011 From India, Bangalore
In my consideration, Education + Experience innovate new many things in working factors but experienced can't do. they are follow is regular way only. So Qualification with experience is highly recognized in the current market scenario.
13th September 2011 From India, Madras
well said,.. like ur mason example...
for some reasons they might not have been able to take up their degree, it should be noted that-experienced peoples contributions should be valued and recognized and there is so much to learn from them...
13th September 2011 From India, Madras
Very interesting discussion. I like to add something to the discussion. 5 or more years of experience means not just experience or practical knowledge. It is the result of his or her passion towards the work that helped to sustain in the same field. So it shows he has accrued knowledge through out those period. His career path is very important over these period. If he is in the same position for 5 years means his knowledge updating is poor whereas if he climbed on the career ladder shows his passion towards what he does.
And for a beginner degree is helpful to enter the organisation. Something is better than nothing
Regards
Jenzi
15th September 2011 From India, Kochi
Dear All,

I was going through a lot of you all expert's discussions about the conflict between experience & qualifications. I have a very lively example, one of my cousins who is a bachelor of Arts (Special History) by education is presently working as a project manager in a private limited company manufacturing PLC's widely used for automatons and he is very successful in his life. We can't put any hard and fast rule to address this issue. The followings can be some of the criterias which should be referred at the time of such conflicts :

01. Jab nature of vacancy

02. Age group of other subordinates where this vacancy is available

03. Job Profile like years of experience required, age group etc.

04. Other skills required like communication, problem solving skills, analytical skills etc.

In most of the companies, the top persons are not interested in these types of issues since they needs results. But these types of issues should be handled carefully by HR guy, since he has to see that the atmosphere of the company shall not disturb due to these types of recruitments.

By the way, many times we can't judge one's performance, until and unless we put the person on the job.

Regards,

Dinesh Shitole, Pune
18th September 2011 From India, Pune
Dear All,
Theoretical knowledge might help to an extent. However, degree is not what a person should be judged by. Relevant experience and knowledge MUST reign supreme.
E.g. Bill Gates -- a college drop out.
Prafulla Chandra Roy -- No formal degree; however, amazing knowledge of Chemistry (acquired from his father's Library) and started Bengal Chemicals...
...and many more
20th September 2011 From India, Bangalore
I disagree with your statement. There may be few exceptions in all spheres. It is the individuals effort to reach such level. By and large, if you analyse about the successful ppl, they are qualified. Basic knowledge coupled with relevant exp. take them to successful path. We we should need such a vast network of educational institutions if only exp. is supreme?
Pon
6th October 2011 From India, Lucknow
Hello Abhijit Bhattacharya,
I am with Pon w.r.t. your statement/opinion.
Also, I think you haven't read thru the initial comments/remarks in this thread--where the focus has been differentiated between 'degree' & 'knowledge'
If one generalizes based on exceptions, then I am afraid we only end-up with a lop-sided view, and consequently lop-sided decisions--whether in careers or organizations.
We can take many similar examples of exceptional individuals--closer home Dhirubhai Ambani being the most notable & further equivalent to Bill Gates being Steve Jobs who expired today.
Suggest you to re-read ALL the initial responses in this thread--would clarify your queries to a large extent.
Rgds,
TS
6th October 2011 From India, Hyderabad
Hi Friends,
Well, the topic is much open for discussion. In my view degree matters if see in our Indian context. They are many people in the universities without having much experience. But I can say that experience we can gain at any point of time but degrees not the hot cakes to buy from the market.
19th October 2011 From India, Bangalore
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