A college degree was a measure assurance to a company or employer that a potential employee had the skills they needed to get the job done. This why people who had the skills and experience but not the degrees were at a major disadvantage.
But nowadays, where Americans don’t have the time or money to acquire college tuition, companies are adapting to the cultural shift and hiring those with experience and skill.
Companies such as Google, Apple, IBM are now hiring people who don’t have a formal education but have the skills and experience to be considered for employment.
“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 fieldwork 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.
The positions offered are just small-time minimum wage, but the same jobs people with degrees are offered. Google is a massive corporation. It isn’t just a search engine. It’s Android, a browser, a backup cloud service, a satellite map service, a defense for independent journalism, YouTube and SO much more.
The same goes for the rest of the companies. These companies offer everyone equal opportunity and people who can’t afford rising tuition fees are no longer at an unfair disadvantage as companies look for skill, ethic, grit and a determination to work.