Nobody cares what school you went to after you're on your second job. IF YOU'RE A PERFORMER.
That's true, my friends. I just saw the new University of Phoenix commercial, and it motivated me to remember.
What motivation? It motivated me to remember that once someone strings together some career success, it doesn't matter where they went to school. It motivated me to remember that a working mom or any other adult with a million things going on that dug into a virtual degree program shouldn't be viewed as shady, it should be celebrated.
The biggest lie the devil ever told the world is that your tuition aid program should be a factor in whether they choose to work at your company or not. It's a lie not because they're isn't value in what you provide as a company, it's a lie because most people attracted to the benefit will never use the program. Life is complicated and hard, and going back to school why you have a job is difficult. Only true ballers get it done.
That doesn't mean the person in front of you is the best candidate just because they bootstrapped themselves to get a degree. It just means you probably ought to view their career on it's merits and what you get from them in the interview - not their pedigree - or lack thereof.
Here's to you, career professionals that got your virtual degree from a known entity in the virtual university space - while working full time.
You're smart enough, you're good enough, and hell - I like you.
(Click through if you don't see the new University of Phoenix commercial below)