Posted by: careeradvisor | March 26, 2009

Life Experience degrees

By Career Advisor


I have been looking for a new job.  I am looking for a
position in management and I have 30 years of experience with 3
different companies.  The problem I have is that I don’t get past the
screening process because I do not have a college degree.  I have
considered buying one of the life degrees on line to give myself the
degree.  This seems to be a major issue with a job search as most
companies use a screening process before they even look at your
resume.  Is this dishonest or just a way of playing the game.  I find
it hard to believe that a 4 year degree cannot be offset by a 30 year
career. I know that this is an issue as I have spoken with several HR
managers and been told point blank that I was not considered because
of the lack of degree. What to do?


Answer: I’m sure that there is a job opening out there that does not require a college degree. Maybe not one that you want, but they are there.

Unfortunately, in a bad job market, companies are able to get candidates that do have a degree. Faced with choosing someone that has comparable experience to you that has a degree, companies are going to pick the candidate with the degree 99% of the time. I’m sure you already know that.

My view point on Life Experience Degrees.

Life experience degrees or work experience degree are degrees that individuals can obtain through their past experiences in a related field. These degrees are specially designed for adults and professionals who have an ample amount of experience in their respective fields but due to various reasons could not get a professional degree.

It’s for those career-oriented individuals who need to switch their jobs but don’t have a degree to support their change. It’s for those students who leave their educational path mid-way to pursue jobs and want to enhance their career with a degree.

The concept of ‘Degrees on the basis of Life Experience or Work Experience’ originated in 1987 and was evolved from the philosophy of getting some course credits on the basis of experience as offered by the top schools of United States of America.

Problems with Life Experience Degrees:


Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. Should standards be met, accredited status is granted by the agency.

In most countries in the world, the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a ministry of education. In the United States, however, the quality assurance process is independent of government and performed by private membership associations.

Many of these programs say that they are accredited but are not accredited by the right agency. Many times these colleges will create their own accreditation organizations in order to give themselves false legitimacy. Here is a List of unrecognized accreditation associations of higher learning:

An ongoing problem within higher education accreditation is the existence of diploma mills and accreditation mills. These organizations exist to grant apparent degrees without academic course work to give a willing buyer a degree for money. Sometimes both the buyer and seller know this or a potential student is not aware of the fraud. In some cases a diploma mills and/or its “accreditor” is unrecognized and exists only at a post office box or website owned by the proprietor of the school.

The use of unaccredited degree titles is legally restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions. Jurisdictions that have restricted or made illegal the use of credentials from unaccredited schools include Oregon, Michigan, Maine, North Dakota, New Jersey,Washington, Nevada, Illinois,Indiana,and Texas. Many other states are also considering restrictions on unaccredited degree use in order to help prevent fraud.


Legal considerations

In the United States, unaccredited degrees may not be acceptable for financial aid, civil service or other employment. Criminal penalties sometimes apply should such a degree be presented in lieu of one from an accredited school. The use of such degrees are restricted in Oregon, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, North Dakota, Nevada and Washington where improper usage can result in misdemeanor charges punishable by fines. For instance, the state of Washington passed a bill in March 2006 “prohibiting false or misleading college degrees.” The state senate “unanimously amended and approved a bill that would make issuing or using a false degree a class C felony, a crime of fraud that could warrant five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.” Oregon has a procedure in which unaccredited schools can apply for authorization from the state, which maintains a list of approved and exempt unaccredited schools which are permitted there. An Oregonian wishing to use an unaccredited degree not approved by the state must make it clear that the school is not accredited.

Some state laws allow authorities to shut down large illegal operations of unaccredited schools or diploma mills. In November 2005, a group of operators in Seattle was caught running several diploma mills. The group was indicted after a Secret Service investigation.



  1. Great article, excellent history and the information is ok.

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