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Is it fair for non-college/university students to have the same opportunities to succeed as college/university graduated students based on their work history in a specific field (construction field)?

I am asking this question just to emphasize that if someone strives in accomplishing his/her main goal, somehow he/she will succeed either through the long or short way. #construction #construction-management


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Zach’s Answer

This is a tricky question. I think that non-undergrad college students will be at a big disadvantage when working at accomplishing a masters program. This is due to non-undergrad students having limited exposure to institutionalized education and undergrad coursework. As a post grad you will be expected to know everything from the undergrad version of the degree.


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Curt’s Answer

I’m not sure that it’s a matter of fairness,
I know plenty of people with 4 year degrees that don’t make as much as I do as a Union Ironworker, but I also know many more that do. The construction unions all have apprenticeships that require a certain amount of hours of in class (book) learning each semester. These apprenticeships are usually 4-5 years in length and upon completion you have the skills to work your chosen craft. So you are receiving an education.
I make a good living with benefits, a retirement plan, insurance and I have skills, like welding, that are sought after by contractors so I’m rarely out of work.
The work I do, on some days, is extremely hard work, and dangerous,so if you ask my opinion, yes I think it is fair.
I hope this helps you, good luck!

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Harry’s Answer

The answer is yes, why not? As a non-college graduate, why should you be limited just because you did not complete a 4 year degree? There are many people who are not cut out for college but they deserve the same opportunity to make a living as a college educated person. The issue here is how hard are they willing to work to achieve the same goals in life. I have hired many people over my career and the ones that make it are the ones with a desire to learn, put in the time (work ethics) and have the right attitude. I would hire them over a college graduate because they can be taught and are not relying on the piece of paper they got at graduation. These traits are getting harder to find in people. I commend those who do get a degree but that does not define the person.

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Arnel’s Answer

Hi Juan, Either you're a College Graduate or Not , as long as you love what you are doing and eager to learn everyday with more dedication on your work on achieving your goal, pretty much you'll be successful someday, But of Couse, having a Bachelors Degree would be more flexible to become easily successful, Just show your dedication in all the things you want to be.

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Kenneth’s Answer

In my opinion, (and please keep in mind this only my opinion), it is fair, however, you must remember that the person without the college/university degree, will not find themselves in a position to advance, in the same time frame as the one with a college/university degree.
For the simple reason that they have had to acquire their knowledge through experience! And in my experience, this is a trial and error method, not only this but some positions just will not even consider them for advancement, without them obtaining some type of formal education, in their chosen field.

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