Degreed or not degreed

There is no doubt in this blogger’s mind that a degree from a college or university adds value for the graduate. It enhances critical thinking, analytical ability, and in many cases is valuable in “getting your foot in the door” for employment opportunities.

Taking a look back over 34 years in human resources, domestic and international work and locations, the performance graph for degreed employees is not a straight line relationship with having a college degree. That is, a degree is no guarantee of competitive, professional success. If anything I would suggest that looking at a meaningful universe of degreed professionals, the relationship of success and earnings to degrees may be closer to a bell shaped curve.

And in balance, there are definitely earnings opportunities that come with other than a university degree, when one chooses a skilled trade or technical school degree or certification.

Thoughts for this blog entry come from an interesting article from CNN Business, “Perspectives”. https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/13/perspectives/college-degrees-careers-roslansky-auguste/index.html

The perspective for the CNN article is driven by the changing employment environment employers have and are facing in recent years.

Of course I would have to cite my opinion on the value of behavioral competencies related to professional success. No matter the type or level of education, absent competencies like integrity, hard work, intellectual rigor, team work, professional presence, analytical ability humor, good judgment, kindness, and others, there is not much chance of building a successful career or business.

***** S&E *****

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