“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 achievements are still an important consideration when going in for a job but for something like tech and software development where people can build entire corporations out of their garages, it will no longer be an obstacle for growth and employment.
These companies realize that being book smart does not mean one has the qualification, work ethic or grit to get the job done. And as we’ve seen over the years, people with degrees in one field work in an entirely different field.
This only proves that while yes, a degree might get you in, it is your skills and determination that make you successful. This is not to say that a university’s education is useless or a waste of time. A university does not only teach you the knowledge of your subjects, but it puts you in situations where you have to interact with people, assess situations and make decisions.
People skills are an extremely important part of any job and you’ll learn people skills if you’re around them. A university offers an environment similar to that of the real world and the transition is easier to adjust to. Plus you’ll learn the importance of timing and execution of jobs.
But what you learn and what you end up learning is all up to you. The companies where you can apply and get selected without a college degree are: Google, Bank of America, Apple, IBM, Ernst and Young (EY), Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Hilton, Costco Wholesale, Penguin Random House, Publix, Starbucks, Lowe’s, and Chipotle