“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” ~ Henry Ford
At the budding stages of our career, most of us look for a higher-paying job instead of a better one just because we are so eager to earn money and be independent. We get this competitive mindset within us to earn a higher salary than our peers. But, think for a moment, is this high-paying job a stable path for a successive career? Or will it benefit your future professional journey? I’m sure you will have a small doubt in your mind.
Why? Because gaining work experience is the most important part of starting your career as a young adult. It is the place where a foundation for your future professional journey is created. So as we all know, just like a building cannot stand without a solid foundation, a succeeding career won’t build up if the job seeker does not have adequate, value-adding professional experience.
Why is experience so important?
You might have seen in job adverts, most of the employers ask for experience. It’s very rare to come across a job opening that has not listed prior work experience as a requirement for the applicants. Ever wondered why?
That is because employers want people with experience for the roles, and being a uniquely-experienced professional will give you an extra boost to land your dream job.
Let’s take a software engineer as an example. Designing software is not an easy task, and when it comes to the real world, some clients require complex, innovative, and massive scale software. So an amateur software engineer will have very little chance of developing such software as the knowledge learned from books and degrees will not be enough to deal with this level of critical, real-world requirements. This level of expertise can only be achieved through experience. And this is why one should prioritize experience when they are seeking a job.
Exemplary work experience sets you up for better jobs in the future.
Choose what is best for you
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
People who are of the working-age spend a large proportion of time in work settings. It even has a major impact on the person’s well-being. So selecting a path that you like to pursue as a career is important rather than wasting time doing something you don’t like just because the pay is good.
If you’ve watched “Friends,” the American sitcom, you must recall how Chandler quit his high-paying data configuration job because he didn’t like spending his time on it.
It is important to consider your needs and career goals when selecting a job role. Enjoy doing something you love for a living, irrespective of the paycheck!
How can experience come above the salary earned?
Money is an important factor in our lives as it is needed to pay for things that we need to live. So the fundamental problem for most people in the world is, “how can I earn more money?”
And the answer to that question, if you are not self-employed, is getting a well-paid job.
But in order to land a well-paid job, one needs to have the necessary qualifications and, most importantly, something that will make them stand out from the rest of the applicants.
So the key aspect a budding professional should look for is to acquire unique skills which will keep them two steps ahead of their peers.
Gaining value-adding work experience is more vital than earning a high salary in your early career.
How can AIESEC internship opportunities help?
Signing up through AIESEC is a way for all passionate individuals out there to find opportunities that will help enhance unique skills that future employers are looking for and to apply theoretical knowledge into practice!
AIESEC provides a wide range of foreign internship opportunities for the youth in diversified fields of work which will give them an immersive global experience with cross-cultural understanding. From whichever field you are interested in prospecting, AIESEC provides the best foreign internship opportunities that will support you to escalate your professional journey.
Finally, it is important to know that working with the intention to gain experience and to learn comes above working for the salary paid because, at the end of the day, the experience you gained is what’s going to decide your career success and not the paycheck you received. Prior work exposure will make you a confident professional and help you advance in future career opportunities.
By Dulni Wedage
Showcasing Team – AIESEC in USJ