15 companies that hire without a college degree

Google offices

In companies like Google or Apple it is no longer required to have a college degree to fill a vacancy. The future of recruitment is shaping up to search for candidates with specific skills and competences.

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Some companies value skills over university degrees. Glassdoor, the job search engine, published a list of companies that hire personnel without requiring a university degree.

Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door.
— Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent.

The companies listed below seek to fill positions without the need for a career. For example, Product Manager, Recruiter or Software Engineer in the case of Google; Hotel Manager or Sales Coordinator at Hilton; Design Verification Engineer or Engineering Project Manager at Apple.

  1. Google.
  2. Ernst & Young (United Kingdom).
  3. Penguin Random House.
  4. Costco Wholesale.
  5. Whole Foods.
  6. Hilton.
  7. Publix.
  8. Apple.
  9. Starbucks.
  10. Nordstrom.
  11. Home Depot.
  12. IBM.
  13. Bank of America.
  14. Chipotle.
  15. Lowe's.

For many, paying careers at private universities is impossible. Also, enrolling in public institutions is often complicated due to the shortage of places —especially in Latin American countries. However, the university degree is losing its weight in the eyes of recruiters.

Graduates or not, students will have to develop skills for specific jobs, in addition to adopting the culture of learning throughout life in courses that offer alternative credentials and digital badges.