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Well, my career is focused on studies similar to the ones I linked, so I have a thorough understanding of how they’re done, why they’re done, what sort of variables are included, the methodology behind them, and who they’re done for. I rreeeaaalllyyy don’t need you to explain any of that lol.

Your response helped me to understand another aspect of the dichotomy between our opinions — I look at experience as part of your personal drive. In order to get that experience during college, you have to be the type of person who can work through a tough set of circumstances. Employers look for this in recent graduates: was the drive there to gain that experience? It seems you’re looking at them as separate, while I see it as a whole. I’m sure my own experience has heavily influenced that perspective.

Experience gets your foot in the door — it gets you that interview over other applicants without experience. The interview stage is where many other factors come in, including personality (which the studies have shown to come in closely behind experience), but to even get there you have to have that competitive edge. All these factors work together for an applicant.

I’ve always recognized that there are a host of other factors influencing applicant selection, and I’ve mentioned that several times now lol. There’s no way to avoid this though: the only quantifiable material we have on the subject repeatedly shows experience to have the most weight for graduates of all the numerous variables tested. I would disregard this outcome as easily as you, if it had been only a few studies. But they have been completed industry wide, by many, many different organizations. By definition, it’s impossible to be objective about personal experience. I guess I’m more apt to believe Stanford economists than random people on the internet. :)

We’re at an impasse, where I respect research more than personal experience, and you’re of the opposite mind. Oh well. I respect your view of it. Thanks for sharing your experience with me at such an in-depth level, and also for being open to my own personal story. You accepted it with grace, and I appreciate the kindness in your response. To be quite honest, that was the first time I’ve written openly about the challenges I faced during college. It feels a bit like a weight off my shoulders.

I hope you have a great rest of your week as well, and a wonderful weekend. I’m not sure where you live (Seattle maybe? haha) but it’s supposed to be beautiful this weekend here.

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