As a career strategist, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had clients tell me they can’t have the career they want because they don’t have the right education.
They have talents. They have experience. They are creative and curious. Yet they have been led to believe that they chose the wrong educational path.
This month I’ve been blogging about the myths we hear pertaining to education. I’m here with two truths:
1. Your degree (or lack of it) doesn’t have to limit your career
If you think you’re unqualified for a new career path because you don’t have a degree in a specific subject, think again. Once you’re a few years removed from your degree, employers don’t really care all that much about your major any more.
What they’re really looking at is the fact that you earned it. That alone shows that you can stick with a long-term project, set big goals, complete assignments and communicate at a high level.
What if you don’t have a degree but you have work experience? It works in the same way. Your work experience becomes a substitute for formal education.
In this blog post, I share several practical ways that you can use your work experience, life experience and volunteer experience to position yourself for your next career move.
2. Your degree (or lack of it) isn't the end to your education
When I was finishing college, I found myself struggling with the pressure to go straight to grad school. “If you don’t go now, you’ll never go,” many well-meaning professors told me. I quickly came to believe that going to school was the only way I could learn.
The good news is that formal education is just one way to learn. You might be surprised at how much you already know if you can just take the time to identify the countless formational moments in your life. In this blog post, I show you how to do that.