Question 5 on #delachat tonight was delivered by a college student. All the questions were from college students, which was just cool in itself.
Here was the question:
There are so many things to think about with this question. I always think experience trumps formal education after you have the basic certifications. Experience his hard to start, and formal education can certainly open doors for experience, but if you are lucky enough to have a choice, always choose experience.
Experience gives you stories.
Experience gives you moments
Experience gives you mistakes
Experience gives you successes
Experience gives you heart break
Experience gives your elation
Experience gives you relationships
Experience gives you a vision of who you are
Experience gives you contacts and connections
Experience gives you that "it" factor not learned from books.
Go with experience and a willingness to learn, formally, informally, and however to make yourself better.
There is no substitute for experience, and those that don't have enough of it become transparent in a way that is not good.