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degrees are now less important to employers

Employers increasingly value passion for a job, positive work ethic and willingness to learn when recruiting for entry-level roles, with college degrees less likely to be considered important, study finds from Indeed.

As thousands of students await their A-level results this week (August 18), three in four employers say they are more open to hiring candidates without a degree than they were a decade ago.

This contrasts with a recent CIPD survey which found that more than half of employers still screen candidates for degrees and post-graduate qualifications, rather than skills and potential.

Indeed’s survey of over 500 employers found that 87% would value a positive attitude at work over qualifications when recruiting for an entry-level job, and 78% value a candidate’s passion for the job over a university degree.

A strong work ethic (62%) and reluctance to learn (63%) also rank high among employers’ priorities, while only 13% said they had a college degree and 11% rated A-level grades high.

However, this message does not seem to be getting across to A-level students, who still largely believe that employers want to hire college graduates for their entry-level positions (87%) and that a degree would give them more options. career (53%).

Seventy-four percent said they would be more likely to find a job directly after school if they knew a degree was not a necessity for their desired employer. The cost-of-living crisis was one reason many wanted to go straight to an entry-level job, with 32% saying college was too expensive.

Indeed’s head of talent intelligence for the UK and Ireland, Danny Stacy, says employers should consider taking a more flexible approach to candidate requirements when looking to fill vacancies. vacant.

“Young people can be the breath of fresh air needed by many struggling industries. What they lack in work experience, they make up for in a host of soft skills. Building a diverse workforce is conducive to performance – age diversification is no exception,” Stacy said.

“A-Level Results Day is an anxious and exciting time for students hoping to get the grades they need to get into college. But for hundreds of thousands of people who don’t plan on pursuing higher education, now is the time to assess what the future holds and to consider the jobs and careers available to them.

“The good news for those considering taking their first step up the ladder is that the job market seems to be in good shape and that also applies to entry-level positions, which are at their peak. high level for three years. Our research also suggests that employers are showing a greater willingness to look beyond academic credentials alone and consider general attitudes and skills.

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