You’ll no longer need a college degree to get a job in some of the top companies in America due to soaring college tuition fees, and this generation’s nonchalant attitude towards education in an internet world allowing them to learn certain skills online without the need of any classrooms. This should have an effect on African countries with some of these brands having branches on the continent filled with uneducated people due to high rates of poverty and poor educational systems. Africans have also turned to the internet for their education and with companies like IBM, Google & Apple that no longer require a college degree it opens up a new world of possibilities and jobs.
In 2017, IBM’s vice president of talent Joanna Daley told CNBC Make It that about 15 percent of her company’s U.S. hires don’t have a four-year degree. She said that instead of looking exclusively at candidates who went to college, IBM now looks at candidates who have hands-on experience via a coding boot camp or an industry-related vocational class, CNBC reports.
“When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock.
Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door, added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent.
Google and IBM are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit, and talent.