Are skills starting to trump diplomas?
My mother wanted me to become a lawyer. I did manage to complete a pre-law course but, my heart was set on tech and that’s where I landed my first job.
Attending agile management software training, I met a trainee who like me, didn’t have any tech qualification but was following a similar passion and working for a software company.
Another pal, a collegiate debater, went to law school then dropped out later because he wanted to design games. Now, he’s a successful product owner.
For all of us, despite family expectations about studying our way into a traditional industry, we just wanted to get involved in tech and were relentless in pursuing that passion, despite facing barriers because of a lack of qualifications..
So it’s great to see the big tech companies eschewing that traditional requirement for college degrees and focusing instead on skills, and character.
Article : It’s All About Skills Now – Google, IBM, Apple No Longer Require College Degree