While 82% of college graduates believe having a degree has helped them in their career, notes the survey, and most employees believe a degree in important, a majority of employees (72%) consider specialized training to acquire specific skills is more valuable than a degree in the workplace.
Here are some highlights from the new survey by Glassdoor, which polled more than 2,000 employed adults:
- 72% of respondents believe that skills training is more important in the workplace than a degree.
- 63% say that learning new skills is more important for career advancement, compared to 45% who said degrees.
- 74% say that their employers value experience and skills over education.
- 48% of respondents with a college degree said that their specific degree is not very relevant to their job but 80% report that they have never been asked about their college GPA during a job interview.
- 53% of employees believe a graduate degree is no longer necessary to be offered a high-paying job, however, 56% also believe if they had a higher level of education, they would be more successful in their career.
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