BLUF - I have no business degree and am worried that I will get to a point in my career where experience and achievements are no longer enough for progression.
The longer version: I am 30, I have a degree in Ancient History (let's just say I became interested in business and management later in my 20's). I have been at my current company for 4.5 years and have progressed from being a front line seller to running a division with 60 staff and a budget of 20m+. I have grown in my company by delivering results; they know me, they trust me and I have delivered and so have progressed as a result. I have no plans to move companies in the near future.
I have a nagging fear that when it comes time for me to move on I may be overlooked based on the fact that I don't have any formal business qualifications. I am also worried that there will come a point in my career when it becomes *essential* to recruiters that I hold a business degree, regardless of experience and achievements.
Does anyone on the forums have an opinion this? How far can I go based on achievements alone before there will be an expectation that I hold *qualifications*?
[b]Clarification added:[/b] I think that last paragraph may sound a little too much like "How long is a piece of string". I guess what I am really asking is: Is there a seniority level where it becomes critical that a person holds qualifications, regardless of their past experience?