May 11, 2022

We’re Discontinuing Our Degree Requirements

Our company’s mission is to find the right career for everyone in the world. We recognize that to achieve this goal, we must look beyond longstanding requirements that have become a barrier to entry for many seeking a more sustainable career path. That’s why here at Eightfold, we focus on the skills and potential of each candidate. Although we hire people with advanced degrees from elite universities, we also hire people who do not have any degree, including for our leadership team. 

Now, we’re formalizing that policy. We will no longer list a college degree as a “must-have” requirement for most roles. Eightfold’s AI breaks down every candidate into their skills and potential, matching that to the skills the hiring manager and recruiter have calibrated for the role. The platform also infers skills, since, according to Accenture’s Future Skills Pilot Report, “most people can self-report an average of 11 skills, but AI can identify an average of 34.” 

We’re still impressed by people who’ve earned college degrees. That’s not changing. We’re under no illusions about how competitive and rigorous it is to graduate from MIT, Caltech, Stanford, and so on, or to earn a degree from a less-known school while working at the same time. 

We also want to ensure we’re creating career opportunities for untapped, unrecognized, and oftentimes, dismissed talent that have amassed skills over years of experience or have all the potential but couldn’t attend college for financial, personal, or family reasons. 

In fact, as you may know, we’re working closely with OneTen.org to “hire, upskill, reskill, and promote one million Black individuals without four-year degrees into family-sustaining careers over the next 10 years” as part of our mission.

Let’s match your potential with our open roles. We’re hiring.