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That sounds weird to me. Does American PhD don't have to work for a few years at real companies as part of the PhD curriculum?

I think the scenario they are describing is for say math/physics PhDs who are transitioning to data science. During their degrees, they concentrate on research, so they don't (on average) have real software engineering experience.

no. it's even a stereotype that they've never worked at a company. where is it required that PhDs work at companies to receive a degree?

France. There are various internships dues during the PhD and the final paper is done while working 1-3 years at one place.

Basically, everyone has experience when they graduate from a master or a PhD there.

Not all experiences are born equal. e.g. Some work is at top tech companies, some work is at universities or low quality research centers with little work & expectations.

I am used to the PhD being an academic, not practice (trade) degree. This is true even in fields where the PhD is pretty much required for work in industry (medicinal chemistry, biology etc). And even in computer science where a PhD can even be a hindrance to getting an industry job, the PhD is pretty much university only.

I am curious what countries it works the other way around.

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