Surviving Without a Degree

People always dreamed of going into college because it increases their chances of getting hired for their dream job. Everyone in college study for four years or more just to ensure that they could learn every trick on of the trade. This would ensure their survival from the demands of their chosen career.

Although it is true that the school could never teach everything regarding the career people chose, by going to college to study that specific career, we’ll have a pretty good idea of what we are going to deal with. 

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to study in an Ivy League university or even just in community college. After a year or two in high school they are already in a career without even going to college. Although they will be hired, the entry level position is more often than not the only position they could work for. Businesses are looking for people who have studied the industry and have burned their eyebrows for it.

On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that you can’t advance in your career if you don’t have the necessary diploma. If you take a look at most of the classified ads today, companies are looking for someone who has a “college degree or equivalent”. Since you don’t have a college degree, the only way of getting hired is to present its equivalent. That means experience and knowledge about the industry you are working for.

The education part in your resume may not be a beauty and will never be. But since you want to impress your interviewer or the hiring manager of your “equivalent” learning, you have to work on your job experience a little bit more. Although the standard format should be to write the date, position and a brief description of your work, you might want to add a little bit more information on the achievements that you made during your tenure in the company.

This will highlight your skills related to the job you are applying for. But don’t just write you were punctual and a key player to the success of a project, write actual numbers wherein you helped increase the productivity or performance of your group because you were there.

The good old USP (unique selling point) in your resume still works and even more important when you don’t have any degree. Some individuals are successful in a particular career even without a college degree because of their ability to offer something entirely different. This maybe a trait or another skill that’s instrumental to your personal success. If you highlight this in your resume, you are gaining advantage over those who has a college degree.

Here’s a tip, different companies are not necessarily looking for people who has a college degree but a person who has the ability to solve daily problems. If you can show them that you are a performer and have a great output in a different company in the same industry, you will be hired over those candidates with a college degree.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.


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