Survey: Employees Value Work Skills More Than Education

A new survey by Glasssdoor finds employees believe the skills they acquire at work are more valuable than a college education.
A new survey by Glasssdoor finds employees believe the skills they acquire at work are more valuable than a college education.
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It’s never too late to learn something new to advance your career. But will employees gain their most valuable skills in the classroom or at the office? According to a new report, most employees believe it’s the latter.

A new survey released by career company Glassdoor found a vast majority of employees (72 percent) believe specialized training to gain certain skills is more valuable than a college degree in the workplace.

According to the survey, most employees believe skills acquired on the job can help them take home a bigger salary compared to earning a degree. More than three in five (63 percent) respondents believe learning new skills or getting special training will help them get a bigger paycheck compared to getting a college or graduate degree (45 percent), switching careers or looking for a new job (38 percent), and networking with professionals (34 percent).

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Here are some more highlights from Glassdoor’s report:

• Nearly three quarters, 74 percent, believe their employers value work experience and related skills more than education when evaluating job candidates

• Almost half, 48 percent, of employees with a college degree believe their specific degree is not relevant to their current position

• Four in five, 80 percent, report they have never been asked about their GPA in a job interview

• As far as graduate degrees, 53 percent believe a grad degree is no longer necessary to find a high-paying job

But despite the findings, more than half of the respondents (56 percent) also believe they would be “more successful in their career” if they had a higher level of education.

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