Degree Or No Degree? That Is The Question…

According to a report on the Recruiter website sixty percent of senior managers across a range of UK business are not interested in whether a candidate has a degree or not. With the cost of gaining a degree rising drastically might we reach the point where the number of people looking to attending university starts to decline again?

With some establishments charging nearly £9000 per year and companies starting not to pay attention to a candidate’s education we really must ask ourselves what is the point? You can now do a degree in Golf Turf Management, Menswear Design and the ever popular Media Studies is there any wonder employers are starting to lose interest?

So what impact is this going to have on your CV? If you combine this with another home truth that the average recruiter / hiring manager spends 30 seconds looking at a CV just how big an impact can you make and does your education play a part of it?

There are a number of theories relating to the best layout for a CV and they all have their own merits and some are more suited to particular industries or career paths but as a rule of thumb I have discovered from talking to a number of hiring managers and recruiters that looking at a person’s education is very far down the list. Indeed the first page of your CV should have a short profile paragraph followed by details of your career history with education coming after this. If you are trying to gain your first employment then this obviously doesn’t work for you but you still need to look at ways of putting forward what skills you can bring to a job and how you have experience and knowledge that can be of help. What I would not recommend is putting on a list of minor irrelevant achievements that a lot of people can fall into the trap of including one candidate who proudly listed that he had fully mastered the use of Lego at the age of seven and learned the difference between verbs and nouns at 12!

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