Is Experience the best form of any education?
Can a 25 year old (highly talented) chartered accountant equal to a mediocre (but highly experienced) chartered accountant?
I am asking this question because I recently applied for an internship at KPMG, and this was the first (non-academic) question that was asked by the interviewer.
When I was young, I would have said "Yes, of course!" Now I would give a more nuanced answer: No two accountants (or engineers or cooks or whatever) can be "equal" as in identical. Really, you need both of them: the younger to bring fresh enthusiasm and a new pair of eyes, the older to know how to handle the weird situations and client relationships that one only learns to handle with repeated experience.
i said yes too.
i agree that a corroboration of youth and maturity is a pre-requisite for any team to work well. "Professional skepticism" can be innate and is a nice weapon for any CA, but "Professional judgement" is what comes with experience.
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