The value of education as compared to experience.
In fact, Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, took on this topic a few seasons ago, in his hit reality TV show, (The Apprentice), when he pitted "school-of-hard-knocks" contestants against Ivy League graduates.
So, what does this have to do with writers?
I'll tell you..in my periodic rounds of online popular job boards lately, I've seen a number of positions posted that required a Bachelor's degree for consideration.
Some have been listed at Craigslist, ProBlogger, Freelancewritinggigs.com and Blogging Pro, to name a few.
As a writer who has the benefit of both, it got me to thinking...
I'm inclined to believe that there are positives from both camps.
See if you would agree...
THE PROS OF HAVING A COLLEGE DEGREE AS A WRITER:
- A college degree "theoretically" expands the knowledge base; this can enhance one's ability to speak on an array of topics.
- A college degree often requires academic writing and "formal" expression, which can foster stronger communication skills and mastery of grammar and spelling.
- A college degree adds to one's credentials and overall marketability.
THE PROS OF EXPERIENCE:
- Practice makes perfect. There are some things that can't be taught through "book learning".
- Sometimes having experience allows one to know "protocol", editors' pet peeves, quality short cuts, names in the publishing business, technical savvy, and other intangibles.
What do you think? Which is better for todays' writer...a college education or writing experience?
If you are a writer who does not have a degree, do you think it has hindered your career?
Anxious to hear your thoughts on this.
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