What’s more important for career advancement: skills or degrees?


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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Valeriya Polevikova

Marketing Assistant at Unius Learning

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