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Welcome to Degree Free! It’s our job to share fundamentals we’ve discovered and the mistakes we’ve made while self educating, getting work, building businesses, and making money.

We’ll tell you how to make it happen, no degree needed!

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    • 4.8 • 45 Ratings

Welcome to Degree Free! It’s our job to share fundamentals we’ve discovered and the mistakes we’ve made while self educating, getting work, building businesses, and making money.

We’ll tell you how to make it happen, no degree needed!

    Massachusetts Joins the Degree Free Movement and Eliminates Degree Requirements (DF#136)

    Massachusetts Joins the Degree Free Movement and Eliminates Degree Requirements (DF#136)

    In this episode, we explore how degree requirements can hinder qualified applicants and the recent executive order in Massachusetts that aims to eliminate unnecessary degree requirements. 
    We emphasize the importance of skills-based hiring and how it can lead to more resilient and successful workforces. 
    Join us as we challenge the notion that a degree is always necessary and encourage listeners to consider their skills and qualifications when pursuing job opportunities.
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - Why degree requirements can discourage qualified applicants and the impact of a recent executive order in Massachusetts.- How skills are more predictive of successful job performance than educational credentials and why companies shouldn't solely rely on job descriptions when hiring.- The costs associated with training and hiring new employees, and the benefits of skills-based hiring practices.- The necessity for reeducation and awareness of bias in the hiring process to promote fair and equitable recruitment.- The significance of focusing on the right things and being in the right vehicle for success is illustrated through examples from music and career choices.- The concept of refining goals and actions applied to various aspects of life, such as cooking and learning.
    Join us as we delve into the importance of skills-based hiring, challenge the necessity of degrees, and explore strategies for achieving success in various aspects of life. 
    Don't miss out on insightful discussions and future episodes. 
    Thank you for tuning in!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 39 min
    Why Hard Work Doesn’t Matter and How to Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Success (DF#135)

    Why Hard Work Doesn’t Matter and How to Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Success (DF#135)

    In this episode, we explore the crucial distinction between working hard and being in the right opportunity. 
    We dive into personal stories and experiences to underscore the significance of aligning our actions with our goals. 
    Additionally, we discuss alternative ways to achieve objectives and the importance of intentional decision-making. 
    Tune in as we inspire you to think outside the box and make intentional choices to pursue your dreams.
    What You’ll Learn:
    - Learn the steps to retiring early, including making money, saving money, and investing wisely.- Discover the limitations of solely focusing on saving money and the importance of expanding income opportunities.- Find inspiration from real-life examples such as starting a taco cart business and focusing on one venture for outsized returns.- Reflect on the impact of being in the right career or business and working on the right things for long-term success.- Five essential questions to align your actions with your goals and explore new paths.
    We hope this episode has provided valuable insights and inspired you to seize opportunities that align with your dreams. 
    We encourage you to take action, set goals, and witness the transformation in your life. Share your thoughts and feedback on YouTube or Spotify. 
    We appreciate your reviews and value your support on this journey. 
    Join us again next week as we continue to deliver meaningful content catered to our incredible audience. Let's create a conversation together!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Picking A Bone with “Knowledge Worker” and the Framework to Learn New Skills (DF#134)

    Picking A Bone with “Knowledge Worker” and the Framework to Learn New Skills (DF#134)

    Got a question you want answered on the podcast? Ask us at ask.degreefree.co/question and get your question answered on the podcast!
    We’re diving deep into the false distinction between knowledge and labor in the workplace. 
    I've got some personal stories to share from my experiences as a firefighter and handyman, shedding light on how knowledge plays a crucial role in seemingly physical jobs.
    Let's kick things off by challenging the conventional idea of a 'knowledge worker.' 
    It's time to break down the barriers that devalue trade and labor. I want to hear from you, about your thoughts on this. 
    What You’ll Learn:
    - Exploring the concept of 'knowledge workers' and its impact on the devaluation of trades and labor.- Proposing alternative names for knowledge workers and seeking suggestions from listeners.- Introducing a three-component framework for learning new skills: self study, structured study, and supported study.- Highlighting the significance of continuous learning and applying the learning framework to personal and professional development.
    Join us as we delve into different approaches to learning like self-study and structured study. 
    The importance of curating learning materials and committing fully to one skill at a time will be emphasized. 
    Stay tuned for valuable insights on personal and professional growth. Make sure to subscribe and leave your feedback. See you soon!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 42 min
    Top Jobs People Are Leaving and How to Do Cold Outreach in 2024 (DF #133)

    Top Jobs People Are Leaving and How to Do Cold Outreach in 2024 (DF #133)

    We've got a jam-packed show that's all about breaking down barriers in the job market! 
    You won't want to miss our deep dive into the increasing demand for jobs and the hurdles that prevent them from being filled. 
    Discover why hiring managers can be too picky and why candidates should apply even if they don't meet all the qualifications. 
    I'll be sharing my own journey of not applying to jobs because I thought a college degree was a must-have, only to later realize it wasn't necessary for the positions I landed. Spoiler alert: I wish I'd known that sooner!
    What You'll Learn:
    - Explore the in-demand jobs with the fastest growing wages, including assistant manager customer service, hairdresser, master plumber, and automotive body repair, among others.- Discover why healthcare workers and tech industry professionals are seeking new opportunities.- Understand the importance of leaving a job for higher wages and career advancement.- Gain valuable advice on improving your job approach and highlighting your value as a potential employee.- Find inspiration from success stories of individuals who have achieved career advancements without a college degree.
    As always, we’d love your feedback, so drop those comments on YouTube or Spotify, and don't forget those reviews on Apple Podcasts. 
    Your support means the world to us, and we'll catch you next week with another empowering episode. 
    Stay tuned, stay fearless, and remember: degrees aren't the only path to success!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 34 min
    The Shift in Hiring Practices: What They Don’t Tell You About Jobs (DF#132)

    The Shift in Hiring Practices: What They Don’t Tell You About Jobs (DF#132)

    Join us as we delve into the misconception that college graduates have about job opportunities. 
    We discuss that colleges have given graduates a false sense of security, and address the criticism of the podcast focusing too much on tech careers. 
    We highlight that Degree Free individuals have a wide range of options and explore the myth that degrees are necessary for most jobs.
    What you’ll learn: 
    - The realization is that college graduates are competing with Degree Free individuals for the same job opportunities.- Exploring a variety of career paths beyond trades for Degree Free individuals.- The importance of acquiring necessary skills or certifications for job success.- The shift in hiring practices towards prioritizing skills and experience over college degrees.- The benefits of hiring Degree Free individuals for companies.- The trend of reducing or eliminating college degree requirements for job positions.- The need to focus on acquiring skills rather than pursuing traditional degrees in the changing job landscape.
    Join us as we navigate the evolving job market and the opportunities available to Degree Free individuals. 
    We appreciate your feedback, so please leave us a 5-star review and share your thoughts!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 50 min
    Your Permission to Start Now! And How to Help Your Teen Be Degree Free in 2024 (DF#131)

    Your Permission to Start Now! And How to Help Your Teen Be Degree Free in 2024 (DF#131)

    Are high school students stressing over classes that don't contribute to their future life skills? In this episode, we explore the frustration of wasting energy on meaningless pursuits and the importance of parents' guidance. We also delve into the value of branded tech certifications, career opportunities in software tools, and the relevance of subjects in school. Join us for an eye-opening conversation!
    What you’ll learn:
    - Discover how SAS and similar companies create certification programs to educate and enable talent to maintain their systems.- Learn how gaining experience, developing a portfolio, and applying for jobs are crucial even with certifications.- Explore how parents can set their children up to be degree-free in 2024 by researching their skills, focusing on practical skills at school, and emphasizing financial literacy and job-seeking skills.- Examine the importance of viewing education as a lifelong process of self-study and discovery, with the idea of graduating high school with a resume to enter the workforce or pursue chosen careers.- Understand the significance of practical experience, building a resume, and taking initiative for teenagers aiming to enter the workforce without a degree.
    Don't miss this enlightening episode as we challenge the college system, embrace practical skills, and empower high school students to create their own paths. Tune in for valuable insights and inspiration on how to make yourself more appealing to employers. Let's redefine success together!
    To keep up with everything Degree Free check out our website: degreefree.co
    Join the Degree Free Network and get the support you need to get hired, get that promotion, and achieve your career goals! You’ll get access to our free resources such as the 5 Degree Free Pathways and 7 Day Get Hired Challenge Course: degreefree.co/network
    Learn job hunting skills and learn how to land your dream job in 7 days: degreefree.co/gethired/
    Starting your degree free journey but don't know where to start? Check out our free ‘5 Degree Free Pathways’ Course:  degreefree.co/pathways

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

WhoPlayDat ,

Legit

They aren’t trying to sell you anything. At least not from any of the episodes I’ve listened to so far. I get so tired of listening to podcasts with one goal, to sell you something. But honestly if they were selling something, I’d probably buy it because they are so authentic. They talk candidly about their experiences in different businesses they’ve tried, what has worked, what hasn’t, and give a lot of valuable advice. It’s priceless. Highly recommend. The only change I would make, is that at times Ryan seems to behave as though he’s superior to Hannah, he kind of overrides her sentences or subtly dismisses her input at times.

ozbirn ,

My only podcast

I Found Ryan and Hannah on tik tok and became curious so I started searching for them on social media and found the podcast. As of 1/25/2024 this is the only show I’m listening to.
My reason, at 38 years old I am looking for a career change and have been looking at going back to school but the more I looked at going back to school the more discouraged I became. I listened to a lot of podcast about different things but personally did not find much helpful information on my personal needs/ wants, and When I found you guys on here it gave me a new breath on how to look for career change. I could go on forever but highly recommend this podcast.
Thank you guys so much.

Vicbphoto ,

I have a bachelors in my field, this is still helpful.

I’m a 33 year old millenial mom. I work in my field. I did go into a high end studio in photography out of university, HOWEVER, 12 years into my career, and I have to say, this podcast helps a lot. It gives me options so, should anything happen, I can pivot and change, as I am looking to do this year. This podcast is helpful in interviews, job searching, being seen, weighing your options, changing fields if for some reason you need to move location and leave your job, and it’s saving some people from crippling debt. This show is SO RELEVANT! AAAAAALSO, these guys listen to their audience. I’ve sent my younger Gen Z sister a handful of episodes from this show. She kept thinking she needs a degree, and now a days, I can’t advocate for it for a lot of things. There’s a lot in this show that can help her have the confidence she should have from the work she HAS ALREADY BEEN DOING for the past 8 years. Gah! Additionally, I’m setting up my daughter’s brokerage accounts for when she is older with maybe buying a house in mind over going to university, should she choose not to go. I’m working with my financial advisor on it soon. All that aside. These guys help with getting careers started and empower especially young and mid-career people in having the confidence to advocate for their futures! This helps my family, and informs a portion of things I do for myself. I have no regrets for myself, but I wish there were resources like this when I was younger. Thank you guys for the great work. Aloha, a millenial.

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