Penguin No Longer Requires Degree for Employment

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In a move that the publishing company hopes will attract a more diverse workforce, Penguin Random House has announced candidates will no longer be required to hold a degree in order to attain employment, reports The Guardian.

Neil Morrison, the company’s human resources director, pointed out that evidence shows there is no real correlation between having a degree and reaching success in one’s career. He went on to state,

We want to attract the best people to help grow and shape the future of our company, regardless of their background—and that means that we need to think and act differently. Simply, if you’re talented and you have potential, we want to hear from you.

College graduates are still welcome to apply to Penguin Random House, although the university he or she attends will not affect the chance of success, and not having a degree won’t dismiss a candidate’s hiring potential.

What do you think of the growing trend of dropping a degree from workforce requirements?

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Jordan Kapellusch's picture
Jordan Kapellusch January 20, 2016 - 10:09am

As somebody who missed the opportunity for university, I find this move incredibly encouraging! I currently work for a small agency that took a chance on me and I have made a career out of it. I know chances, like the one I was given, are few and far between. 

While a university is probably the best way to receive an adequate education, it is not the only way.

Erika Abbott's picture
Erika Abbott January 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

i think by dropping the requirement of a college degree, you stand to have a lot more turnover in your company. 

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miles_oneal from El Paso, Texas and Mars is reading this page January 25, 2016 - 8:59pm

I think the demand for degrees is horribly inflated. And artifically at that. There are plenty of jobs that currently require a degree for no good reason. This is long ocverdue. At the same time I understand the pressure the system can bring to bear; I applaud Penguin for standing against that pressure and doing this.