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Employers are willing to hire people without college degrees so long as they have...

As part of an independent study project during my graduate studies, I interviewed employers in 5 industrie: Clerical, Sales, Manufacturing, Health Care, and IT. I focused on these industries because the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 63% of the jobs with the highest growth between 2010-2020 will not require a college degree. Of these jobs, most of them are in the first 4 industries. I added IT because there is also great growth prospect and spans all industries. All of the employers I interviewed expressed that they would hire young people without degrees if they can validated that they had 3 things: basic technical knowledge, are fast learners, and are a good cultural fit for the organization. Good news? They are willing to hire.

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As we interviewed folks at Mass General Hospital, CVS Pharmacies, Simplified Financial Information, Aerohive, BOSE, and other employers in the New York City and Boston area, they all expressed a dissatisfaction with job boards and head hunters in finding great talent.  They said they valued character and work ethic over degrees and would take a candidate with some training and teach them the rest on the job if they were a good fit and fast learners.  They wanted a way to validate people's skillsets beyond a resume. 


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