College Degrees No Longer Needed for Jobs

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    The piece says, “This is a significant change.”

    I think it’s huge. An acknowledgment that either the universities are not turning out what the big companies need or they don’t need what they’ve required in the past.

    The Washington Examiner reports:

    Big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM are no longer requiring applicants to hold a college degree.

    This is a significant change. Historically, employers have required a college degree whether or not it was necessary to do the job.

    Is this because colleges are no longer teaching the needed skills, or because there are so many job openings to fill that standards are dropping? Could it be that vocational training and self-taught skills are enough for certain jobs in the modern-day economy?

    IBM is now looking at candidates with experience in non-traditional education, such as coding boot camps or industry-related vocational classes.

    Glassdoor compiled an August list of 15 big companies that no longer require a degree to apply:

    Google

    Ernst & Young

    Penguin Random House

    Costco Wholesale

    Whole Foods

    Hilton

    Publix

    Apple

    Starbucks

    Nordstrom

    Home Depot

    IBM

    Bank of America

    Chipotle

    Lowe’s
     
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    Most people who end up in these jobs will be people with degrees. You get some people who can manage to gain the skills without going to a university. Hackers, for example.

    This doesn't diminish a college degree.
     
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    It could have more to do with, outside of basic skills, companies would rather shape their employees from the ground up, instead of having to reshape them into something more useful or productive with less baggage than they are getting from college. It's always easier to train someone in the skills, focus and direction you require, than it is to retrain them because they happen to think their job includes crap it doesn't require.
     
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    You are correct that is huge.

    I hope it is a growing trend.
     
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    I have a six figure income and very little college. But I do have a PhD in the best school out there....Liberals on the other hand, waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on degrees that can only get them in HATE FILLED PROPAGANDA MACHINES, and never learn about the "pursuit of happiness"....

    always learning, never graduate, but the learning is very enlightening.

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    Well, this list is a little biased.

    Most of these companies do not require large numbers of well trained people. Costco, Whole Foods, Starbucks, HomeDepot, Chipotle, Lowe's? VERY few jobs in these stores are what you would call 'sophisticated'.


    I have long thought university is a waste of money unless you go for a degree in an area that requires one (like a doctor. lawyer, engineer, etc.).

    I got a BS in Business. But what I learned in university taught me next to nothing for the real world of business.
    Just look at the Federal Reserve? Loaded with people with THE best degrees you can find...and they still completely missed the housing crash until it was too late.

    Fed missed warning signs in 2007 as crisis gained steam
     
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    Companies are starting to wave the degree requirements because the labor market is getting extremely tight.
     
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    Probably part of it. I certainly hope so.


    And that is a good thing.


    Even better if they realize that they never needed to have those requirements in the first place.


    And others learn from it.
     
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    From the OP's article; "...looking at candidates with experience in non-traditional education, such as coding boot camps or industry-related vocational classes." If you have these skills, go for it.
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    That won't last for long. As soon as the economy goes south and they aren't putting signs up looking for talent, they will go back to demanding college degrees.
     

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