I actually meant licensed to operate. For an employer here it would be more important that that institute is registered in a database from the government, but not per se accredited by that government. They would need reassurance that the degree was not bought. But if it's a truly earned degree, they wouldn't disqualify it just because it was not subjected to a government check. They would want the school to have authorization from the government to operate, but if that school was accredited by a private agency (that is qualitative and known for its educational efforts) then they wouldn't struggle over the fact that that agency was not accredited by a government organ. Actually the criteria are : authorization to award degrees and having a reputable name. But accreditation in the formal sense is less important. Even with the bigger companies. The government will put a lot of emphasis on accreditation though. Getting a government job without that accreditation would be impossible. But private sector jobs are definitely not out of reach. For some jobs they would give priority to someone with only a high school diploma and lots of work experience, over someone with many degrees and no work experience. They also expect you to mention your hobbies and special distinctions that you received, to prove your '' soft skills ''. For example, volunteering for the homeless is really seen as a plus. Antroposophism actually plays a big role here in applying for jobs. If they think your philosophy doesn't match with their values, they will turn you down even when you have an admirable amount of degrees. At least half of the job interview will be dedicated to assessment of your social skills and communication skills in my experience. Language proficiency is also something they ask a lot of questions about.