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What is so special in �working experience�?

 
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It is a common place that employers prefer programmers with working experience over those with formal education/certification. So why is it so important? I also feel that practice taught me much more than college classes (in both such different countries as Russia and US). Is it impossible to provide students with experience close to �real�, or colleges simply fail to do it?
 
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Most American colleges teach a lot of theory and some practical application of material.
There has been a growing movement among American Universities to combine summer internships with their technical degrees. This combats the argument that their degree programs do not produce people with practical skills.
Computer Science and Engineering are fields that require a strong foundation in analytical analysis, problem solving, and design principles. Unless students find ways to get experience between semesters it would be difficult to add new material to these degree tracts without making them 5 or 6 years long.
I think we have to prepare young people with a good technical foundation so they can grow professionally once they leave College. If programs become too focused on what is in demand at the present they might stray away from preparing students for a lifetime of learning.
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I think we have to prepare young people with a good technical foundation so they can grow professionally once they leave College. If programs become too focused on what is in demand at the present they might stray away from preparing students for a lifetime of learning.
Well, my education was intended to be very fundamental and far from present demand. The problem with it was that unless I bury myself deep enough in practical applications, I do not really appreciate foundations.
 
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