“I found this very cool job posting, and I meet all their requirements… except that they want someone with 1-3 years of experience in the field. Should I still apply or not?”
Because of the 21st Century "War For Talent" colleges and universities are inviting freshman and sophomores to college recruiting and networking events as early as their first day on campus. Of course colleges and universities emphasize the curriculum students will be learning. But providing connections to top companies from freshman year on helps attract better students. And these events help colleges, universities and employers place students in jobs that are more likely to meet their talents, interests and expectations.
Due to the war over top technical talent and a shortage of qualified candidates companies like Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and CISCO have turned to hiring tenured professors and graduate students with six-figure incomes and the opportunity to do research with endless funding.