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"All employers care about is a degree"

Most people put almost no effort into finding out how success works in their field, so you can outdo the majority by doing a little research.

One misconception is that employers only care about a degree. While degrees are not useless, many hiring managers are very interested in hiring someone who is aggressively self-educated.

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You don't know what it takes to be successful

Many people think that firms never make exceptions on degree requirements, and that they want new hires to have mastered the particular technologies they use.

Software companies often prize overall programming ability more than skills with a particular language.

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Use the interview method to squash faulty assumptions

Our assumptions about what employers care about or what will make a product sell can easily be cleared up by using the interview method.

  • Identify five people who are moderately successful in your field.
  • Ask them if you can buy them lunch.
  • Meet with them and get them to share their thoughts.
  • Instead of directly asking for advice, ask them to share their story.

Not everyone will accept, but contacting a dozen or so people will yield some interviews and give you a roadmap of how success works.

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Why This Method Allows for Easy Wins

Knowing how success works in your field is vital even if none of the people you interview offers concrete help.

In reaching out to people to learn from them, you often form relationships that become valuable later on.

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