Nontraditonal Workers: How to Get Hired Without a Degree
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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As a job seeker, the more experience you have, the more marketable you may seem. But for some industries, a bachelor’s or advanced degree can give an added boost, and can sometimes be a required prerequisite. So, what if you don’t have a degree? How do you land that coveted gig you know you could excel at?

Career coach and blogger Marty Nemko says it is, in fact, possible to get the gig without the degree, and notes there are some myths job seekers hold on to as if they’re truths in terms of education and its relation to job marketability. He writes for AOL Jobs:

Conventional wisdom holds that getting a degree is worth it. Advocates cite the (misleading) statistic that college degree holders earn $1 million more. They also argue that getting a degree is a good way to wait out the lousy job market.

I used to believe that but I’m no longer as sure.

Why the $1 million stat is misleading
The pool of college graduates tends to be brighter, more motivated, and better connected than is the pool of non-graduates. You could lock college graduates in a closet for four years after high school and they would still earn much more. The million-dollar statistic is misleading also because it’s retrospective to a time when only the best and brightest went to college and employers couldn’t offshore jobs and so had to pay high salaries to college graduates. Alas, that’s no longer true. In 1970, 40 percent of high school graduates went to college. Now over 70 percent attend college.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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