Would you hire someone that didn't graduate from college?
If you are going to hire someone, and he has all the skills and qualifications that you need... BUT he didn't graduate from any college:
1- I'll hire him
2- I'll hire him (less salary)
3- I'll look for someone else (less skills)
Either 1 or 2, depending on other things around who s/he is.
There are a LOT of valuable self-starters and continuous learners out there who never had the opportunity to go to college for one reason or another. That doesn't mean they're not worth their weight in gold as employees, however.
Self-starters and continuous learners who overcome barriers to getting a higher education EVEN WITHOUT FORMAL CERTIFICATION are some of the best kinds of employees to have in your workforce if you're prepared to deal with them accordingly.
I'll definitely hire him/her because there's a slightly higher chance that because he has no college degree he/she will work harder than someone who has a college degree.
There is also a chance that the person in self taught and I do respect such people because I perceive them as go-getters.
What's the issue then. If someone can deliver results as per my expectations I will hire him and pay him what he deserves. You come to my office, you will meet similar talents.
If the job requires a degree, but the candidate has equivalent experience, I may hire the person (depending on fit); I would probably continue looking for a better qualified candidate. If the degree is just considered nice to have, then certainly, especially if the candidate has transferrable or "equivalent" experience.
The scenario is to be dealt with on an individual basis.
I know of a person that has experience. . . (over 40 years), consulted with, and worked with multiple CEO’s and entire teams of Fortune 50 companies. Worked in the following Industries, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Appliance, Auto, Aviation, Banking, Branding, Biotechnology, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Construction, Education, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Food, Agriculture, and Frozen, Gov't. & Nonprofit, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Hospitality & Leisure, Insurance, Internet, Laser, Marine, Marketing, Media, Medical Instrumentation, MFG Durable, MFG Nondurable, Pharmaceuticals, Retail & Wholesale, Retailing, Shipping, Software & Networking, Telecom, Transportation, Warehousing.
2 colleges offered positions for him to teach. But interestingly enough. . . he never graduated from college.
The person is Me. . . .
Education does not guarantee you anything from a candidate except they went to school and sat through courses and passed, it does not show you that they are able to apply what they learned or that they have any experience.
I myself have a university degree in Psychology & Computer Science - but have been in sales and marketing throughout my career until such time we started our own consulting & coaching business. My degree has little to nothing to do what I ended up doing as a career, so why would you not hire someone who had experience in the field with all the qualifications and skills over someone that had a degree in something that was not meaningful to the position. It might help you in ranking but it should not disqualify someone.
As someone who taught at a post-secondary institution, I had students that were there as a body in a seat only and were not able to sting a sentence together while others were engaged, excellent students and grasped the concepts. I would hate to think that one of them that scraped by to get a degree as most anyone can "JUST SCRAPE BY" and graduate versus someone who had 10 years experience and great references and all of the skills needed as they were learned and applied lost a job to one of those with a diploma.
You can teach people new skills but you cannot teach people work ethic and attitude. If the candidates has the right attitude to work, comes with good references, and you feel comfortable with his ability to learn new skills, then go ahead and hire him/her.
College (University in our neck of the woods!) does not guarantee success or in fact ability to execute their duties. It just means they have learned the theory but does not mean they can put it into practice. I can fly a jetliner in a simulator and on my PC, it does not make me a pilot!
I hope this helps.
Someone with a college degree is not necessarily smarter then someone without a degree. The person with the degree just took more classes and if they are like most of us they forget about 90% of what they learn in school.
Some of the most successful people in the world did not have a college degree. Henry Ford dropped out of school in the 8th grade but was smart enough to change the world of manufacturing. Many of the most successful people in tech don't have a college degree. Those include Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerburg, and Steve Jobs who dropped out after one semester.
A college degree doesn't make anyone smarter it just makes them more educated.
I will definetly hire the person because somewhere someone need one chance atleast to proove himself right..