I've been having this conversation with a few people this week and alas! An article about the same topic pops up on my LinkedIn. Besides feeling like my computer has ears and I'm a victim of rather clever algorithms, I somewhat feel like I agree with the 'most people get a job unrelated to their degree' narrative.
Take my degree for example - English Literature with Cultural Studies and French. I may be a Shakespeare Ninja and can dissect a piece of poetry faster than you can say 'Carol Ann Duffy' but in my previous role as a Primary School Teacher, I was required to teach all subjects - often I had no idea what I was delivering and had to teach it to myself before hand.
What exactly did my degree give me in that situation? A bit of experience with deadlines, efficient note-taking (blah), speed-reading (especially when you have to read 4 novels a week for 4 different modules in one semester!) and how to look intrigued in what a lecturer is saying, whilst simultaneously tweeting and painting my nails at the back of the lecture hall? I joke. I enjoyed University but do question sometimes what practical, real experience it gave me that can be applied into the real world...
Successful recruiters have backgrounds in every subject under the sun. Degrees in business studies, psychology and marketing can help initially. Also, if you are working with senior lawyers or computer scientists, an in depth understanding of the industry and tools through study can offer creditability. As the industry continues to change, and degrees become more and more expensive, the likelihood is that we’ll continue to see more junior recruiters, and without degrees. How do you feel this will change the industry?