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View Poll Results: How much Career-Related experience did *YOU* have when you graduated College?
None 8 26.67%
1-5 months 4 13.33%
6-12 months 9 30.00%
1-2 years 5 16.67%
3-5 years 0 0%
6+ years 4 13.33%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-14-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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I've searched google and couldn't find any info. If anybody has a reputable source then please post.

I had about 8/mo experience but I get the feeling that even that's above average.

If not, tell us how much career-related experience YOU had when you graduated? And what your field is.

[when you graduated a bachelors undergrad program]

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Old 01-14-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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I had zero.

I had some jobs but none were related to what I do.

Any experience that you gain before getting your undergrad degree is a joke. I know there's some people who will disagree, but after 10, 15, and 20 years of experience, most people cannot say that the stuff they did had a great impact on their career.

Internships are more to determine whether or not you will enjoy doing the work than to prove yourself or earn valuable experience.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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I had significant experience because I was a non traditional student. The majority of students don't have any experience in their fields.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:09 PM
 
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Any experience that you gain before getting your undergrad degree is a joke. I know there's some people who will disagree, but after 10, 15, and 20 years of experience, most people cannot say that the stuff they did had a great impact on their career.

Internships are more to determine whether or not you will enjoy doing the work than to prove yourself or earn valuable experience.
Internship and pre-grad experience is more about the person being exposed to to the field, showing up on time, getting used to a professional work environment, etc. No one expects a new graduate to be able to produce at a high level because they've done a few internships.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:18 PM
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When I graduated, and then went to graduate school in Psychology, my only work experience was as a fry cook in a small restaurant and as a clerk in a liquor store, jobs I had while in school. I started at the bottom at an organization doing in-office customer service, then in the field, then supervisor and eventually had the experience in the field to become a management analyst and use what I went to college for. That took about 10 years.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Most college students and graduates have very little applicable experience. Most employers require X years of experience but no one wants to give graduates the experience and therefore making hiring harder.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:25 PM
 
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When I graduated, and then went to graduate school in Psychology, my only work experience was as a fry cook in a small restaurant and as a clerk in a liquor store, jobs I had while in school. I started at the bottom at an organization doing in-office customer service, then in the field, then supervisor and eventually had the experience in the field to become a management analyst and use what I went to college for. That took about 10 years.
Perfect example of how it actually takes multiple years(in your case 10+) for a degree to pay dividends. I am confident in guessing that it was still worth it for you.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I student taught, the equivalent of a semester-long, hands-on internship in the field...not much, but more than many of my peers got.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:39 PM
 
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As a college graduate, all you really need is someone to vouch for you that you are reliable, hardworking employee.

I had like 2 years of somewhat related experience.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Perfect example of how it actually takes multiple years(in your case 10+) for a degree to pay dividends. I am confident in guessing that it was still worth it for you.
If someone waits ten years today, their degree is stale and useless. There are newer, hungrier, more competent fresh graduates that have access to the university pipeline that have a leg up over you. I've seen plenty of junior and entry level positions requiring a minimum of three years of related experience these days.
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