1. Your degree isn’t a prerequisite for the workforce.
So stop depending on it! If you didn’t have that degree, what would you have to offer? If there is lack, it’s time to fill that space on your resume with ways you can offer value to the company you’re applying at.
2. College teaches theory, but what you need is experience.
Rob Biederman, CEO of HourlyNerd says his company spends 95% of interviews with candidates on work experience and less than 5% on academics. Biederman is not alone, with other employers saying that they base their hiring more and more on what candidates have done and not what they took in school.
3. Your ability to deal with people is more important than your ability to memorize information.
Employers want to know that you’ll be able to learn quickly and fit in. A company traverses through the market by the decisions that are made inside the company between the people in the office. If you’re preventing decisions from being made quickly because nobody can get along with you, you’re out.
4. Your network is more likely to get you a job than a degree is.
Keith Ferrazzi says, “Today’s most valuable currency is social capital, defined as the information, expertise, trust, and total value that exist in the relationships you have and social networks to which you belong.”
BONUS: What you can do about it?
Look for ways to gain new skills that lead directly to jobs. As Anthony Trollope says, A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.
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