Degrees have become the standard, an expectation for most companies. According to the US Census Bureau in 2006, 27.2% of US citizens had Bachelor’s Degrees and10% had Advanced Degrees like Masters and Doctorates. For myself, the degree is about the 4-5 year commitment a person makes towards a degree. In most cases unless absolutely specialized, it’s the journey that matters. Unfortunately, companies often overlook quality candidates who have 10 or 15 years of experience but no degree. How does one combat this?
- Apply for positions that ask for a degree or will accept relevant work experience.
- Network. Hiring Managers might overlook your lack of Bachelors based on a testimonial from a professional who is respected within the industry.
- Certifications. These are normally not a replacement for a degree but often provide the Hiring Manager evidence of your expertise.
- Show initiative. Start taking classes towards the completion of a Bachelors. List your expected graduation date on your resume or application. A little effort can go a long way.
Another alternative method that can help you to find some work is to enroll in an online degree program. These online degrees can enhance your education without you having to take the time out to attend classes. You will learn all of the skills that are necessary to thrive in your desired industry, but you can complete your coursework on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. This allows you to take control of your career without putting the rest of your life on hold while you go back to school.
A great example is the Master of Science in Nursing graduate degree, which is available through a few reputable online universities. The curriculum that these online schools have developed is in line with the standards that have been put out by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, so that you can move right into your new career after graduation.
The program that you enroll in also provides you with some choices regarding your eventual career, as you can choose to work towards becoming a nurse educator or a nurse administrator, depending on your goals. The healthcare industry is expanding rapidly and these courses give you the chance to get involved immediately.