In the US, a college degree will get most (and it is most, not all) a position in their select field, yet once a couple of years have passed it all becomes about the work record. A degree might be a "check the box" for some fields, but that will be it. To the extent the "other skills" mentioned in the blog post help contribute to a track record of successfully accomplishing challenging roles, projects, etc. and are indicative of future potential, they are critical. Whether this is the case in other areas of the world...this is what experts in those areas need to determine. Thanks!