Gradually, a college degree is no longer becoming a criteria nor standard requirement for many formal or office jobs. Top firms are now dumping those four-year degree requirements and are opting for people with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma for some of their job offers, according to data gathered by job site, Glassdoor.
The site reports that most companies now realize that “book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent.” They are increasingly appreciating candidates who are self-taught or those with special skills acquired outside of traditional academic institutions.
The following are major companies Glassdoor cites as no longer requiring a university degree for some of their top jobs:
The American multinational technology company had for a long time hired employees who came from top universities and who also had high grades. That is no longer the case as the tech giant now places more emphasis on specific skills or experiences than degrees.
“It’s the ability to learn. It is the ability to process on time. It’s the ability to bring together different types of information,” Laszlo Bock, then vice president of human resources at Google said in 2014.
In 2018, these job openings were available: Product Manager, Recruiter, Software Engineer, Product Marketing Manager, UX Engineer, SAP Cloud Consultant, Administrative Business Partner, Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineer, Developer Relations Intern.
The tech giant places a high value on the candidate’s experience and skills than college degrees at most times. The following job offers were advertised in 2018: Genius, Design Verification Engineer, Engineering Project Manager, iPhone Buyer, Apple Technical Specialist, AppleCare at Home Team Manager, Apple TV Product Design Internship, Business Traveler Specialist, Part Time Reseller Specialist and more.
The American multinational information technology company has thousands of employees across the world – in America, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific. In 2017, IBM’s vice president of talent Joanna Daley told CNBC Make It that about 15 per cent of her company’s U.S. hires doesn’t have a four-year degree. She said that instead of looking exclusively at candidates who went to college, IBM now looks at candidates who have hands-on experience via a coding boot camp or an industry-related vocational class.
Ernst & Young
One of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters, Ernst & Young, in 2015, removed degree classification from the entry criteria for its hiring programmes. The accountancy firm said it found “no evidence” that success at university was correlated with achievement in professional qualifications. The company said it will use numerical tests and online “strength” assessments to assess the potential of applicants. In 2018, it hired for: Risk Advisor, Experience Management Manager, Tax Services Senior, Financial Services Senior Manager, Auditor, Risk Management Operations & Quality Compliance Associate, and so on.
Penguin Random House
The global publishing group announced in 2016 that it will no longer require candidates for new jobs to have a university degree. The company said the move is to attract more varied candidates into publishing. The American book publisher, as of August 2018, had the following jobs at an offer that do not necessarily require a degree: Production Assistant, Marketing Designer, Publicity Assistant, Senior Manager of Finance, Senior Editor, Production Editor, and Art Director.
The American supermarket chain exclusively sells products free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats. The company has several job offers for people who do not hold college degrees. In August 2018, some these offers included cashier, bakery team member, chef, seafood team member, specialty team member, and so on.
The global brand has, for many years, made a name for itself in the hospitality industry. As of 2017, there were more than 570 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties in 85 countries and territories across six continents. It has job offers that wouldn’t necessarily require a college degree. In 2018, the following vacancies were advertised: Security Officer, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, On-Call Banquet Server, Barback, Event Manager, Front Office Manager, Housekeeper, Hotel Manager, and International Sales Coordinator.
Bank of America
It is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Present in several countries, the bank has central hubs in New York City, London, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, and Toronto. Listed as one of the companies that do not require a college degree for some of its top jobs, Glassdoor cited the following offers in 2018: Client Associate, Analyst, Executive Assistant, Relationship Manager, Small Business Consultant, Consumer Banking Market Manager, Treasury Solutions Analyst, Client Service Representative, among others.
The American retail company specializing in home improvement operates a chain of retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It has so many opportunities for people looking for a decent job without a college degree. The following were cited in 2018: Commercial Sales Loader, Lumber Associate, Front End Cashier-Seasonal, Internet Fulfillment, Seasonal Customer Service Associate, Delivery Puller, Installed Sales Manager, and plumbing associate.