Because of the lack of skilled workers, more companies are looking for workers without traditional 4-year college degrees. As some say, they are looking for potential rather than pedigree.
This is happening at Google, IBM, and LinkedIn. Apple has even developed a course to be implemented nationwide at six community college systems to teach students to code as well as develop critical job skills in software development.
Here are 3 recent examples:
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner had this to say to Inc. recently about looking for new hires with a great work ethic, perseverance, loyalty, and a growth mindset:
- These are qualities that you don’t necessarily pick up from a degree. There are qualities…that have a tendency to be completely overlooked when people are sifting through résumés or LinkedIn profiles. And yet, increasingly, we find that these are the kinds of people that make the biggest difference within our organization.
Lazlo Bock, former head of HR at Google, explained in a NY Times article why the proportion of Google employees without any college education had steadily increased through the years:
- After two or three years, your ability to perform…is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school, because the skills you required in college are very different.
Read on below for more on the curriculum Apple has developed for high school and community colleges to be implemented starting this fall.