Why There’s No Substitute for Experience

There’s a meme which has been doing the rounds for a good few years now, featuring a bunch of what looks like two or three year olds in industrial work-wear and hard hats. The punch line indicates that this is what it looks like when companies advertise job vacancies and they require qualifications such as a four-year college degree along with something like a minimum of 22 years of experience. It’s funny and sad at the same time because it brings to light a reality which tends to exclude a large section of would-be suitors to a position which they otherwise can’t even think about applying for now.

Still, there is simply no substitute for experience and this is something which proves to be true time and time again, in so many different ways.

Experience breeds good instincts

You can tell a newbie worker apart from an experienced one by their instincts. In the case of an experienced worker certain decisions made appear to come very instinctively and are taken and implemented without so much as a second thought. It becomes second nature to go with your gut and go on to find out that your gut feeling was right all along.

A positive influence

This instinctive know-how experienced workers have rubs-off on those around them and sometimes permeates the entire workplace or organization. Everyone else could very well be subconsciously looking towards their experienced colleagues for some guidance without even knowing it. It only takes seeing someone more experienced in action to learn so much from them, even in the case that they’re not actively trying to impart their wealth of knowledge and experience to you.

Experience always brings about a positive influence, one which is often taken for granted unless it comes to the fore in a scenario where an experienced employee may be brought in to fill that void left by someone who vacated it, having harbored years of experience of their own.

Experience saves money

The money saved by an organization when hiring experienced personnel may not be immediately apparent, but in the long run it starts to show in an unmistakable manner. For example, sometime down the line an inexperienced employee may need to go for some or other training in order to attain some skills or specific knowledge they’ll need for their specific job and this costs money. Someone who is experienced on the other hand can even take things further than saving money by not having to attend such up-skilling sessions, but can rather even create course material which can be used to train inexperienced workers.

Another way in which experience saves money is that of how experienced workers tend to make less mistakes, if any at all, which means they use up less resources and are a whole lot more productive. Experience manifests as efficiency in many ways and this is a highly-regarded asset employers are willing to pay a pretty penny for by way of salary packages, benefits and other perks which come with one’s career.