B2B marketing and communications.

What have you published?

Yeah, two/four years is a long time to learn those topics, especially in today's world. However, couple an education (structure) with personal publishing projects (creative), and those individuals will have the skills and aptitude ready to tackle any real-world challenge.

What have you published?
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"I don’t think the college degree is necessary for marketing roles, period. We learn hard skills, critical-thinking skills, and soft skills on the job. We can learn how to present to clients on the job. We can learn how to carry ourselves in front of clients and act professionally, and write proper emails, on the job,” Silver told us. She added that she doesn’t know if universities can teach those things."


Let's see, a person 'who has both an MBA and a JD from Harvard' thinks a college education is important for a marketing role. Got it.

And a person who worked their 'way up the corporate ladder without a bachelor’s degree' doesn't think a college education is important for a marketing role. Check.

Feels like a fairly straightforward article.

However, where are the folks in the middle? What's their take on whether marketing roles require an education degree?

(The line about requiring 'a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience' in the job post seems a bit of cop out. If I haven't been to college, how do I know what that equivalent experience is?)

The middle.

Why don't we find folks who have a college education who don't believe it's necessary to land a marketing role?

And, if they are also hiring managers, ask them what does equivalency mean? What are they looking for to fill a marketing role?

While the perception is that marketers are responsible for 'making things pretty', that's only a sliver of the role's responsibilities.

  • Can you manage projects?
  • Do you have the confidence to hit the 'send' button on behalf of the entire organization?
  • Can you fix a mistake in real time, knowing 'the world' is watching?
  • Do you understand how data is structured?
  • Can you work with other departments?

Sound like any other role at an organization, with little quirks based on outcomes?

Yeah, fairly similar.

Do those other roles require a college education to be successful?

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Jamie Larson