The most talked about piece of paper is losing its value every day. From young our parents, friends, family, teachers, and just about any media source, all talk about getting this paper. Being as simple as a nicely printed paper with your name on it, the bachelor’s degree continues to be less important to businesses looking for new employees.

You can’t just walk into an interview with your only credential being a bachelor’s degree, it just won’t cut it anymore. Back in the day when it was less common, or more difficult to get one, you could get a nice paying job without any real experience. Fast forward to 2018 and it has become extremely competitive in almost every field you can go to school for. 

What higher learning institutions don’t teach you are the intangibles you need in the workplace. Of course, the hard and technical skills are needed, but we’re always told we’ll be “replaced” by robots. So what are we supposed to get out of an education system that only teaches us how to follow rules, guidelines, and tests our memory? Nothing really, that is why the bachelor’s degree is being looked at less each year, and your actual experiences are the real substance in your resume.

What does the business workforce actually want?

More than the typical education

A regular four-year college education isn’t attractive anymore. Imagine you needed to pick one person to be on your team (basketball, softball, hockey, etc.) and they all do the same amount of practice to make the team, some a little harder than others. The one that practiced and actually has actually played in a game will stand out the most.

A number of people graduating from college each year with no real-world experiences are flooding the job market. Employers would rather someone who has experience doing the job, or someone they see is committed to continuing to learn on the job.

Humbleness

Sometimes personality can be the deciding factor in employment. Nobody likes the cocky, know it all, that is hard to work with, am I right? Sometimes your personality can be the deciding factor in employment. Being an easily trainable employee who admits when they’re wrong, and asks questions may be exactly what an employer is looking for. You are more inclined to learn when you ask for help, be coachable.

Someone who pays attention

Being able to pay attention to detail is always a good skill to have. With the growth of technology, a lot of millennials have had a decrease in their abilities to focus with and without distractions.

On top of attention to detail, employers want to see your determination and how well you can follow through with a task. A proven track record of finished projects will help your case to a business owner.