Do you actually need a qualification to succeed?

An age old question that gets asked again and again is whether qualifications are the be all and end all of career success. Or whether other factors can sometimes be just as, or more, important than them.

Below, we’ve delved a little deeper into this question, so that you know what it takes to successfully, land the job of your dreams.

It depends on the job

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Whether or not qualifications impact how successful you are when applying for a particular role will depend on the role itself. There are some careers that don’t require qualifications. However,  having a degree is often seen as a bonus by employers. Roles in hospitality and administration, for instance, don’t tend to require qualifications. However, more niche jobs, such as medical roles, for instance, do require specific training. The best thing to do to determine whether a certain career requires you to undergo training is to Google it and see what the recommendations are. Say, for example; you dream of being a phlebotomist. You could learn more on phlebotomist job description sites about what qualifications you may need. The same goes for any job, regardless of what industry it’s in. The best way to understand what’s needed to be successful is to do your research.

Qualifications can make your CV stand out

Even when it comes to roles that don’t require qualifications, having them can help. The truth is that even roles that don’t need qualifications can be benefitted by them. You see, the most important thing when applying for a new job is ensuring that your CV stands out. Just think, the more your CV has on it, the more it will stand out, and the more likely that you’ll be asked to attend an interview. Employers are looking for the best person for the job, the person with the most skills and experience. So the more your resume has on it, the better.

The desired skills and experience can be just as important

Of course, while having qualifications can be important, often the right skills and experience are just as important. Many roles like to see that candidates have previous experience working in a similar role. This is because the more experience a candidate has, the more likely he or she is to be successful. As for skills, the same applies. The more skills a candidate has in a certain area, the more likely they are to be an asset to the company. Hence why some employers look more favorably at skills and experience, instead of qualifications.

While in some roles, skills and experience are seen as being more important than qualifications, in most jobs this isn’t the case. Most high paying roles require some level of qualifications, so it is definitely worth taking the time to get the training that you need. Just think, by doing so, you can increase your chances of landing a high-paying role. Plus, you’ll up your chances of landing the role of your dreams if you’ve got the right training.

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George Austin