At what point does a fresh college degree trump 35 yrs worth of experience?

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When you don't know the hiring manager so your resume doesn't make it past the HR filter listed as 'mandatory'


When they want to pay a lot less? Diversity goals? Maybe they have more new technology knowledge more drive? They know someone you don’t? Second guessing hiring decisions causes too much brain damage. I have seen some interesting ones.


Too broad a question.

To take the premise to the extreme, I’ll take a freshly certified NASA Astronaut over a 35 year veteran Aeronautical Engineer to do EVA or pilot a new spacecraft… though that’s an imperfect example since both of these are veteran professionals.

In cybersecurity, there are lots of people who’ve been doing good work for decades but who, resting on their laurels, aren’t keeping up with the latest developments in the field.

This doesn’t negate the value of the 35 year vet in, say, leading compliance efforts… but does mean that a fresh arrival to the scene, hungry to do a good job, is going to do a better tactical job of defending against modern threats.

In the military, the up or out nature of promotions and the uncompetitive compensation at mid-career mark (particularly for enlisted specialists but also true for commissioned generalists) means that more often than not, the 35-year vets who make it to flag officer rank aren’t the highest-performing or most innovative dudes.

A group of 100 randomly-selected E-5s and O-3s are more likely to deliver strategic, operational, and tactical victories than a group of 100 randomly-selected generals or admirals. (Evidence: the last few wars) 🤷

Lol yeah probably not much industry knowledge that the fresh grad brings that the 35 year vet doesn’t in that case.

I could see an argument for say an MBA from an elite program having some fresh perspectives and being more data driven than others might be…


If it’s a mandatory minimum requirement in the job description and you’re competing blindly online with others who have it

It’s all about networking these days. I think if you have kept up on licensing, certs, trainings, etc. it is helpful. Keep in mind it’s all done by computers now, so these systems search for certain terminology and spit out a select few. It’s stupid because the soft skills someone with that experience has are harder to come by than the hard skills, which can be taught. In the end you have abilities you can’t find these days and you can’t even train someone to learn these traits days.

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