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Old 07-22-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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Hi All,

My husband & I (+ our 3 kids) are seriously thinking about moving to Raleigh very soon. I will be able to transfer, but my husband will need to find another job. I have read that many people say it is impossible to find work if you do not have a degree. Is this true? My husband & I have done very well for ourselves w/o the degree (here in Cali) but would hate to get out there only to find discrimination against the 'work-your-way-from-the-bottom' people (aka school of hard knocks).

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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In what field? Certainly there are jobs here that don't require degrees, just like everywhere else. Don't be mislead into thinking this area is that different from where you are.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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CHTransplant...thanks for the reply! My husband is a Sr. Paralegal who has 15+ years experience and I am an Executive Assistant.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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Try the local universities; ironically(they're in the degree business) they hire and pay a family-sustainable income for those w/out a degree.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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CHTransplant...thanks for the reply! My husband is a Sr. Paralegal who has 15+ years experience and I am an Executive Assistant.
Your husband should pursue the NC Paralegal Certification if he can:

Welcome to NC Paralegal Certification | The North Carolina State Bar
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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Citizen Matt & CHTransplant....thank you both for great info! I really appreciate it!
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't think you will be discriminated against per se. But typically degreed folks tend to get hired before non degreed folks but with lots of experience it may put either one of you over the top of the heap. Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I think having a degree might make it a little easier to find a job, but both my husband and I do well and neither have a degree.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:16 PM
 
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Keep in mind that several of the larger law firms here laid off associates and paralegals this spring. The paralegals in those firms generally have a bachelors degree + certification. Given that the other big firms aren't hiring right now, those (paralegal) folks are sometimes competing for the jobs that might otherwise go to those with associates or no degrees. Generally, those with a lesser or no degree will be looking at job opportunities working for (1) real estate closing attorneys, or (2) 1 or 2 man firms specializing in workers comp, disability, social security, or personal injury.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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I am an executive assistant and we just relocated here from NJ (I worked in Manhattan). I don't have a degree and it took me about a month and a half to find a job. Not too bad!

Good luck!
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