Bachelor's Degree vs. High School Diploma

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Today’s Bachelor Degree is the High School Diploma of 30 Years Ago Today’s Bachelor Degree is the High School Diploma of 30 Years Ago A college degree is not just a nice-to-have but it is has become a necessity. Employers are not looking at the resumes with the minimum high school diploma but are moving straight to the candidates with college degrees. Thirty years ago it was not unusual to graduate from high school, find a job, get married, buy house, start a family and live happily ever after. The job market has changed so much that high school graduates are just able to make minimum wage. Technology has changed the way we work and demands skilled employees. Today the Bachelor Degree is at a minimum what a high school diploma was 30 years ago because technology has altered education requirements and made the job market more competitive. I know first hand the importance of a Bachelor’s Degree because I have worked in Human Resources for over 15 years. My first role in Human Resources as a Coordinator did not require that I have a bachelor’s degree. The Coordinator role is essentially administrative and I had experience working in an office. After working a number of years I wanted the opportunity for more responsibility and greater pay. I applied for a HR Partner role and was denied the position because I did not have the required degree. Shortly thereafter the economy took a turn for the worse, business declined and employees were let go. I was one of the lucky few able to retain my job but with much more responsibility and eventually I was grandfathered into a role as a Business Partner with the stipulation that I acquire a Bachelor’s Degree. The salary is good but the pay band is wide and my salary is at the lower quadrant because I lack a degree. Like so many other working adults being passed over for promotions I returned to college. As

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