Given the fact that many colleges put more importance on gender studies, white privilege classes and other such trivial matters, it is not surprising that a growing number of businesses are realizing that having a college degree really shouldn’t be a requirement for a good job.
What is more, the businesses that are now willing to offer good pay to employees without a degree include not just blue-collar companies, but even left-wing giants such as Google. The jobs that are now available to those who don’t have a college degree aren’t just blue-collar jobs that pay a minimum wage, but dream jobs that were previously unattainable for those who didn’t spend at least four years of their lives raking up a large student debt. Positions include product manager, software engineer, payroll operations analyst, auditor, engineer project manager, client solutions executive and financial blockchain engineer.
Companies ditching the college diploma requirement come from a variety of industries. Even so, they give similar reasons for changing employment requirements to include those who don’t have formal educational qualifications.
Google’s former senior vice president of People Operations recently noted that the strict requirement that job applicants have a degree is making it difficult for employers to reach great employees who are doing well in the real world, but haven’t gotten a degree for one reason or another. IBM has publicly stated that it now views hands-on experience as being more valuable than a college diploma. Ernst & Young has reported that there is no correlation between having a university degree and succeeding later on in life; however, it did note that a diploma (or lack of one) would be a factor considered. At the same time, the executive director of a United States-based boutique intelligence and due diligence firm with offices in countries around the world went one step further and bluntly noted that college degrees simply aren’t all they are made out to be.
Colleges will naturally balk at the fact that leading companies ranging from Apple to Bank of America are no longer putting a premium on academic qualifications. However, there are many who will likely rejoice over this. At the same time, it is important to realize that job applicants who want to find their dream job shouldn’t count on getting one without putting in a great deal of time and work. While many employers are now happy to consider applicants without a diploma, they do expect these applicants to be able to show a good reason for being hired. Having hands-on experience is a must, even if this experience is gained through gig jobs, volunteer work directly related to the job one is applying for or taking hands-on courses at a technical school. What is more, applicants will need to show they have not only the hard skills needed for the job, but also popular soft skills that employers look for. These include flexibility and adaptability, eagerness to learn new skills, a good work ethic and teamwork skills.
Honest experts have been stating for years that a college degree is not absolutely necessary to get a good job. Now large, multinational companies are backing up their assertions, making it clear that people who have the right skills can find profitable employment even if they don’t have a degree.
While having a degree can in some cases be beneficial, it is no longer seen as the end-all-be-all. Instead, employers are reaching out to those who have clearly shown they have the skills needed to succeed in the real world both now and in the future. As more employers follow in these companies’ lead, the popularity of getting into debt in order to attain a so-called “education” will hopefully drop, and colleges will be forced to offer quality training rather than endless indoctrination.
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