Skills, Not Degrees: Is This The Answer To The Shortage Of Qualified Workers?



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.

Apple launches app development curriculum for high school and community college students

  • Starting this fall, six community college systems around the country, serving nearly 500,000 students, will offer Apple’s new full-year engineer-designed course.
  • Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.
  • Local businesses will also offer students mentoring and internships in conjunction with the course.
  • The curriculum will be offered by the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District, among others.
  • Houston Community College is even opening an iOS Coding and Design School that will teach Apple’s new curriculum.
  • Select high schools across the country will also be teaching the App Development with Swift curriculum starting this fall.


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