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Diane Kois

Posted on August 12, 2017 13:49

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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.

Diane Kois

Posted on August 12, 2017 13:49

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