BIG news in trends for 2016: University degrees are getting scrapped as job prerequisites by top dog employers.

You heard that right folks. Following major consulting firms Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers (that’s a mouthful), international publishing house Penguin Random House is dropping degree requirements for job applicants.

The shift is a major win for job seekers who have more practical experience in their corner than university credits. Many smaller employers have also jumped on the bandwagon, with some coming right out and stating that students are finishing uni without any real-world skills applicable to the workplace, or are simply being educated on the wrong things. Some employers also claim that many university grads haven’t developed the appropriate social skills to function in the workplace, with complaints of grads not turning up on time or just generally being impersonable.

In contrast, it’s the people who’ve been around the block and had experience in the workplace that are being perceived as the greater assets.

If, at this point, you’re worried you’re uni degree is actually going to hold you back, fear not! Obviously having a degree doesn’t automatically make you a poor employee – it’s all about the individual. Penguin publishing only wants remove the stigma against applicants without higher education from applying, not exclude degree holders altogether. According to a statement from the publisher:

“While graduates remain welcome to apply for jobs, not having been through higher education will no longer preclude anyone from joining.”

It’s a pretty nice thought for the vast number of us who didn’t get the marks we needed for the degree of our choice, or didn’t quite take to the whole university “thing” (guilty!). If the trend continues, we might actually see a significant fall in the number of employers seeking university graduates for their job vacancies, particularly since graduate employment in Australia has fallen dramatically in recent times. The last time graduate employment was this low was during the 1992-3 recession, which isn’t particularly good news for higher education institutes. It’s also not great for uni grads, considering the number of people completing degrees is consistently increasing, and graduate roles are dwindling.

Alas, whether you’re a graduate or not, if you’re looking for work, you need to have the right attitude for it. These employers aren’t out to discriminate between those who have degrees and those who don’t – they just want to see that you have the personality, work ethic, and understanding that a job is a commitment, and one that you should tackle with passion and oomph! So listen up folks, if you’re talented and think you’ve got what it takes, don’t let your education level stand in your way. Grab the bull by the horns and ride that bad boy into the career of your dreams. That sounded less dirty in my head.