Today, in the era of 4th industrial revolution, almost everybody is talking about skills over a college degree for some specific domains. Employers are looking for experience and right skills for the job.
Candidates with “hands down” experience of a particular task with the right skill sets are preferred over those candidates who have a college degree but do not have the required tools to fit in.
Interestingly, 2 years back, when I started raising this issue here on social media that our education system growing too old to stand tall on its own feet. I emphasized people should focus on learning new skills. Sadly, I got a huge flag from many old school versions, mostly moms, who believed I am “misleading the youth“.
Now the time is proving, this is what the model of the education looks like in the near future.
A degree could well be a thing for specialized “niches” only.
For tech, in particular, people with skills certificates and experience would probably be better off than those with 4 years college degree. There are many highest paying jobs without a degree requirement.
Earlier this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook said you don’t need a college degree to be successful. He was referring to Apple preferring people with the right skill sets and experience than those who have a college degree but do not have an appropriate skill set for the job.
Open the Internet, learn a skill or two. Start practicing it, master it, learn how to sell yourself, learn few soft skills such as business development, the art of public speaking, persuasion precisely and…
Even for starting your own business, you don’t need a degree or money – You need GRIT, GUTS, and BALLS.
Learn skills and earn!