Survey reveals employees value on-the-job opportunities

Through capable recruitment software, it is easy to judge someone's CV based solely on their university qualifications. However, a new survey has highlighted how employees value on-the-job skill training rather than university education.

While businesses and recruitment agencies are not expected to hire people without related work in the field, more emphasis could be placed on looking into previous experience and potential for internal growth.

The survey, conducted by US career company Glassdoor, looked into how employees value their education and how it can relate to recruitment and career pathways. Researchers found over seven in ten employees (72 per cent) believe on-the-job training is more valuable than a university degree.

The majority of employees (63 per cent) believe that training while in employment will give them a better chance to advance their career and earn a higher salary. Just 45 per cent said earning a degree would deliver these opportunities.

Respondents also listed looking for a new job (38 per cent), and networking with professionals (34 per cent) as possible avenues for opportunities.

Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, explained the recruitment process is changing. Those with work experience and a passion for learning could be useful for businesses looking for future leaders.

"The national conversation about the value of higher education and gainful employment is a topic alive within companies," he said.

"While education is still valued as one piece of the puzzle for a successful career, we're seeing a shift in the workplace in which most employees feel gaining the latest skills relevant to their job and industry is more valuable to help advance their careers, and they're feeling it's what employers are truly seeking to really help move business forward."

Enterprises looking to get the most out of their hiring process could invest in recruitment software that can streamline relevant information and ensure essential skills are entering your workforce.

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