I suppose it could mean both but it's very difficult to have both when you're young.
- Experience of the professionVote A
- Experience of the industryVote B
Most Helpful Girl
Experience that helped you acquire or hone skills that can be transferred to the job you're applying for.
The more relevant to the specific job you're applying for, the better, but when you're describing your work experience, focus on skills and knowledge.0
Most Helpful Guy
Both is the best. If you have only one of those, professional experience would probably be better. There are exceptions though. They want to know any background that will help do the job.
If you are deciding whether to apply for a job, when in doubt, apply. Don't nit-pick the job requirements. Companies rarely get everything they'd like to have. Sometimes they get very little of it, or none at all.
They need to perceive you as a better candidate than the others who apply. Since you have no idea who else is applying, just go for it. Don't let lack of experience, or lack of the stated job "requirements" prevent you from applying, especially if it's something you'd really like to do.
The actual skills and experience for a job are only part of it. Your personality, ability to get along with coworkers, willingness to learn, attitude, and work ethics, are as important, or more important, than your actual job skills and experience.
Let them decide you aren't the person they want. Don't do that for them. If you want the job, apply for it, then sell yourself.0