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Exp Hire Consultant, no degree but have consultancy exp.

 
#1 Exp Hire Consultant, no degree but have consultancy exp.
06/07/2011 19:57

danny251

Hi,

I have a quick question if anyone could help me out? I want to apply for Exp hire positions with MC's in Technology. I have 12 years in industry. 6 being in Army and 3 with my own company and 2 1/2 as a senior consultant for a M&E consultancy. About to be promoted next year. I write strategy reports and technical reports for IT Data networks and Comms systems.

The problem is after joining the Army at 16 I don't have a degree. I am actually part way through an Open Uni Degree in Computing & IT and Business, doing this in my own time for that bit of paper that says I have a degree.

Am I wasting my time applying for these jobs, specifically at Accenture? Will they turn me away as I do not have a degree?

Cheers

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#2 RE: Exp Hire Consultant, no degree but have consultancy exp.
07/07/2011 14:42

Bob to danny251 (#1)

Hi Danny,

Need to break this down into the two hurdles you need to get through:

1) the initial screening. Just read last night that ACN brought in 75 (net!) new hires every day last year (imagine the number of applications they need to go through to get to this number of hires). To do this efficiently while keeping costs as low as they can they have industrialised the whole recruitment acitivity: offshoring, standardisation, rules-based decision-making. This is the stuff they tell their clients to do and they do it very well themselves. So, if they have told their offhsore outsourcing supplier that a minimum criteria is a degree, then the person screening your CV will reject you. Not because you're not good enough, but because they're working by the law of averages.

So, action for you to call the HR helpline or check the website and confirm the minimum requirements. If they say you need a degree, there's not much you can do about it. If they allowed exceptions, then that would open the flood gates and the standardised and industrialised approach would fall apart.

This is just Accenture though, and may be different elsewhere.

2) the interview / assessment process. If you do get through the screening, then I would say the significance of your lack of degree will come down to a combination of the following:

- Their need for your specific skills

- The prejudices of those interviewing you

- Your ability to break through those prejudices through:

- Performance at interview

- Your skillset and how well you demonstrate that it meets what they need

- The strength of your business experience (and army)

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