Recently, we had the perfect candidate for a position almost slip through our hands because he lacked one thing… A Bachelor’s Degree

 

Bachelors Degree

 

At what point does a company forgo the “Bachelor’s Degree Required” and go with the candidate that has the perfect experience for a hard to fill position, great personality, and has succeeded in a similar challenging environment?

Our argument is many successful people do not have their Bachelor’s degree. See:  Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and the list goes on. Today, with Coursera, Google, Youtube, etc. the traditional college degree is losing it’s exclusivity and value.

My colleague, Joel Moore has often said about this subject:

“I have seen bright people without a degree do great work, I have seen people with a degree screw a project up – and vice versa”

I completely agree!

Often times, when someone starts college, at the age of 18, they do not have the “big picture” in mind. When I think back to the number of times I changed my major, starting college in Pathology, switching to Physical Therapy, then Communications, and finally graduating  with a degree in Marketing, it makes me wonder who is actually doing a job in the field they graduated in?

Shouldn’t we equally value a candidates experience?  

While not downplaying the importance of a degree, it should not be the deciding factor. Should a great candidate who missed studying  Philosophy and Star Trek and Knights of Old and Harry Potter plus many other interesting, but not practical electives be turned down?

I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on this -especially if you disagree!  I’d love to hear from you!