Q. I have been working for 15 years in one profession but only have an associate’s degree. I was transferred to North Carolina for a job several years back and am trying to return to Massachusetts. Do you think employers would be willing to take my years of experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree?
A. You raise a common question in the world of career management: experience vs. education. Usually experience, and relevant experience, wins out. But some industries still have expectations, and even requirements, around degrees. In education and higher education, degrees matter, so a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or even higher may be required. Some industries, such as manufacturing, retail, and construction, prefer degrees, but related work experience often trumps the degree. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.