Had a very short phone interview this afternoon. She called, we exchanged pleasantries. She asked if I had my degree (not sure why she didn’t ask that in email last week). I said not yet. She said they don’t consider anyone without a degree or diploma (corporate policy). I said thanks for letting me know. The end.
It’s been a while since I’ve come across that. KW is pretty tech-centric, and there’s a dearth of good tech folks, so it’s rarer and rarer for companies to have that policy. Granted, insurance tends to be in the last century.
I tend to wonder, when I hear of that, what the company’s workforce is actually like. Some of the most brilliant people I know and have worked with are no more formally educated than I am. And it makes me wonder if places like that possess any rockstars at all. (As Robyn also noted, it implies a corporate-wide inflexibility in thinking, too.)
Of course, I also know many, many people whose jobs have nothing to do with their degrees. At my last job, one of the managers had a degree in English/Anthropology, from Trent, no less. He worked in IT managing AS/400 applications development. Good thing he had that degree…
I’d like to finish my degree. I enjoy studying English. I imagine it would feel good as an accomplishment. And when life stops demanding as much of my time, energy, and money as I can spare, I have every intention of finishing up.
But let’s face it, everything on my resume that makes me valuable came from working. Seeing, doing, asking, learning in ways that don’t necessarily have anything to do with a book and a classroom full of 18-year-olds. And, of course, there are already jobs for which there were no curricula when I was in school, and I’m sure there are more and more coming down the pipe.