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Some employers are passing on potentially excellent employees
I have been in the workforce now for 30 years. I do not have a degree. However, my experience, along with my diverse employment background should matter without one. I understand that having an education in a specific field requires the mandatory training and education. But, when one is faced with a requirement of a college degree for positions that clearly don’t need one, it’s deflating, degrading and comes off as a bit high and mighty. Not everyone goes to college, and some *gasp* do not want to.
I have always felt that a higher education in a desired field is the way to go, but too many people attend college with no direction as to what they want to be when they grow up. I would guess that most people don’t know what they want to do at 18 years old, but are placed in a situation of attending college anyway, because without a degree, they “won’t be hired for any decent job”.
So, what that tells those of us who chose to forgo Higher-Ed is that we are somehow losers, minions, lowly workers and will never amount to anything. It’s a dangerous thing to place that kind of pre-determined lot, on anyone. There are many successful individuals who have never attended, or finished college.
Top 100 people who have never attended college http://elitedaily.com/news/business/100-top-entrepreneurs-succeeded-college-degree/ by Paul Hudson for Elite Daily.
Successful individuals who dropped out http://www.businessinsider.com/16-insanely-successful-college-dropouts-2015-6/#ll-gates-dropped-out-of-harvard-to-focus-on-microsoft-1 by Steven Benna, for Business Insider.
You can argue that college drop-out Bill Gates is, well, Bill Gates – but he wasn’t Microsoft when he dropped out. He only became Microsoft after. He wasn’t special – yet.
If a degree is the only thing standing in the way of a potentially great employment opportunity, or an excellent employee, then we can, without a doubt, contribute to some degree that effect on the middle class struggle.
I personally was hired by a global corporation, with no degree. I’m not sure if it was luck, but I am sure of one thing: the hiring executive stated that he found my diverse background interesting, and he took a chance. Over 4 years later, and with intensive training and exposure in a high-ranking field, I can state that I earned my degree at that Company. The vast majority of my colleagues not only had their BS/BA but also a JD, and some even a Masters.
After years in the workforce, and raising 3 children to adulthood, I now have multiple “degrees” in Management, Economy, Finance, Organization, Fraud Investigations, Childhood Psychology and the list goes on. I earned each of these through my experiences in life and employment – it’s what I can bring to the table. But sadly, I and others are seemingly passed by on a regular basis because of that one requirement. I would encourage some employers to be more open about hiring someone with real experience, but no degree. You never know who you could be passing up.