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I had to laugh back in 2000 when my job was relocated to Texas and I opted for early retirement instead of moving: When they posted the job position opening on the company's "intranet" board, it said "Bachelor's Degree Required".

It was funny because out of those of us who were currently doing the job -- successfully -- only one had a degree. And hers was a Masters degree in Economics, which made her rather overqualified for what we did.

Thinking now that if I had to come out of retirement now, I'd never make it -- except maybe some sort of self-employment.

I know the degree thing is kind of crazy and silly.

I worked my way up the ranks, and I at the end had to laugh out loud at the meetings I would have with personnel toward the end. I would be forced every time to include degree required for positions I wanted to fill, because of the banded nature of our compensation system, after a certain point you could not be hired externally without a degree.

I would repeatedly have to find folks with degrees to do positions I had not only done, but passed through and left behind without a degree, silly stuff.

It got even worse in time. After a while certification became an issue. I had to demand a person who I have no doubt knew more than any of the instructors he had, take a class to get certified as a network engineer.

I hated getting to the point where I had to pass up qualified people because they did not have pieces of paper saying they had learned what I was going to interview them about because I didn't trust their pieces of paper anyway. I hate bureaucratic putzes(I know superfluous word there), on the upside my earlier hires were all stuck unless they wanted to hang a shingle because I had a prejudice for no degree in my earlier hiring, and most other companies had adopted the same absurd practices.
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