Formal qualifications vs on-the-job experience – what matters more?
In the 2019/20 academic year, the UK saw a total of 2.5m students enrolled in higher education, as both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Five years earlier there were 2.3m, nearly 200k fewer, therefore, evidence shows us there has been a dramatic rise in people studying toward a higher education qualification. The question is, are they doing it for the right reasons or do they believe it is a necessity to have a degree in 2021?
Of course, if you want to become a doctor, judge, or teacher, you need a degree, and there is no way around this. Future data analysts, statisticians, or astrophysicists, for example, learn not only in-depth fundamentals and specialisations for their future careers, but also specific competencies over many many years of study in mathematics. Everything from analytical skills to a structured approach to complex problems will give them the qualifications needed in their future careers. These are aspects that are important in some careers – but not all. For many other professions, a classic apprenticeship is more than enough to break into the field, for example; mechanics, plumbers or carers.
However, another option is to learn and earn, which combines the theory and practical in one. For work in the public relations sector or marketing industry this can be seen as the smartest route. There is a combination of learning the necessary skills and putting them into practice in real-world situations.
In general, when applying for roles in the communications industry, people often find that in order to meet job requirements they need to have a degree under their belt. At TEAM LEWIS this is simply not the case. We are breaking down the barriers to enable diverse talent to enter the industry and build your career. At TEAM LEWIS, our RISE Academy focuses on fast-tracking non-degree holders and career-switchers into a career in marketing and PR.
No degree? No problem.
At TEAM LEWIS, we value individuality and encourage creativity. Diversity of thought breeds creativity. As career changers, we appreciate the many skills people have which are applicable to this industry, so it’s simply a case of putting them to good use. For those just starting out in the world of work, we look for individuals that showcase their skills, personality and passion to progress. As a company, we value commitment, team work and originality much more than a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
If you’ve got the right attitude, personality and flair for the creative, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the current opportunities at TEAM LEWIS, find your ‘ER‘ or contact us for more information.