At skillset, we’re always trying to think of ways we can help people expand their knowledge, develop their career, and gain more confidence in their jobs or in their job search. That means, by definition, we’re helping people move beyond the mindset of “I have my degree, now I need to find a job that matches it.”
Increasingly, that takes us to the question of “What does a modern job candidate look like?” “What should one look like?” It seems more clear than ever that job seekers and professionals need more in their arsenal than a college degree.
There is definitely a debate to be had about whether or not attending a four-year anniversary is the best way to prepare for one’s eventual career at all, but most serious professionals (and employers) agree that it’s the best place to start.
But that’s just it: A bachelor’s degree is more of a starting point than the defining characteristic of your career, or certainly of your qualifications.
To dig deeper, we asked several employment experts to give us their thoughts on how close a four-year degree got candidates to being “qualified” for a specific job opening. Their answers are enlightening.
On the Value of the Real World:
“I actually don’t think a “degree in X” is enough for most positions these days, so in the future expectations will shift towards also having actual real-world experience of some kind as a minimum, as well as (if relevant) a degree.
It’s so easy for anyone to get experience while they’re studying – maybe even while they’re still at school, before they start their degree – that when an employer is faced with ten resumes from graduates who are all academically similar, with similar degrees from similar colleges, excellent marks/GPAs and so on, they have to then start looking at the real world experience the applicants have gained so far in order to decide which one of them to hire – or even bring in for interview.