June 25, 2008

Why Degrees Matter

Degrees have become the standard, an expectation for most companies. According to the US Census Bureau in 2006, 27.2% of US citizens had Bachelor's Degrees and10% had Advanced Degrees like Masters and Doctorates. For myself, the degree is about the 4-5 year commitment a person makes towards a degree. In most cases unless absolutely specialized, it's the journey that matters. Unfortunately, companies often overlook quality candidates who have 10 or 15 years of experience but no degree. How does one combat this?

  • Apply for positions that ask for a degree or will accept relevant work experience.

  • Network. Hiring Managers might overlook your lack of Bachelors based on a testimonial from a professional who is respected within the industry.

  • Certifications. These are normally not a replacement for a degree but often provide the Hiring Manager evidence of your expertise.

  • Show initiative. Start taking classes towards the completion of a Bachelors. List your expected graduation date on your resume or application. A little effort can go a long way.