Degree or NO Degree? That is the question!
Can I just touch on an extremely important aspect of the job search, hiring and interview process?
I have seen/experienced two different sides of this.
My degree actually has done nothing for me in-regards to getting me to the next level of my career. Everything I am doing now, I did not learn in college. My actual experience was everything to the companies that were trying to hire me. Plus, they were willing to take a chance on me.
A close friend of mine had the exact opposite experience. Recruiters turned her down and her company would not pay her more because she did not have a degree. One recruiter even said “I don’t work with candidates who don’t have a degree” – ok, rude. Your loss.
In my opinion, the degree does NOT matter. When did hard work and years of experience start going unnoticed?
If you are a recruiter or a company that is hiring, and you turn down a person seeking a new job because they don’t have a degree… SHAME. ON. YOU.
- Part of your job as a recruiter is to help present your candidate as their best professional self and highlight their strengths on their written resume and in their online presence.
- If you are focusing on the CON(s) of their experience history then you will lose out on a lot of money, making a difference in the lives of GREAT candidates, and filtering the right people into the industry or your company.
I don’t care where you come from, or what degree you have or don’t – as long as you know the job and do it well; I believe in YOU.
I know what I am capable of with or without my degree. The company I work for saw it too.
Wake Up, Industry! See your candidates’ worth. Their true worth – without the degree. That will always steer you in the right direction.