We prefer our team to all have degree's and it is listed as a minimum requirement on our job description.  Why?  We make our hiring decisions based on attitude and whether someone fits our culture.  If someone fits, most of what we do can be learnt, you can't teach attitude or force cultural fit.

I met with a aspiring digital marketer this week, who at 16 approached us to do a week work's experience.  I asked them what they wanted to do after college and they sat for several minutes justifying why they questioning whether to go to university.  It was sad to see, they might have to justify it to college, parents, friends but my advice to him:

Do what you feel is right for you.  If you want to get straight into work, find the right role, find a business that will enable you to continuously learn, a business committed to personal development.  As an employer, if someone has demonstrated their ability to continuously learn that would immediately make them stand out.  If you are interested in Inbound marketing, sit HubSpot's Inbound certification.    

Perhaps it is time for us to remove the mandatory degree requirement.