It’s 2018 and there couldn’t be a greater disparity between the opportunities available to degree holders vs. non.
I don’t want to depress you, but this is important. And there is good news ahead, I promise.
There’s no question that a college education gives one an advantage in the eyes of many hiring companies. However, a degree is not necessarily an accurate indicator of success; a fact which doesn’t seem to bother the companies that require degrees in their recruiting strategies.
College costs continue to rise and two-thirds of the U.S. workforce doesn’t have a 4-year degree. It is becoming increasingly difficult to afford a college education, yet the antiquated “bachelor’s degree required” criterion persists.
This has posed problems in the tech industry.
Universities aren’t churning out enough grads to meet the needs of picky tech employers.
Sam Ladah, a vice president for human resources at IBM, explains “About half a million technology jobs go unfilled in the U.S., and it’s because employers can’t find what they’re looking for. Now, the country is only producing about 50,000 computer science grads each year” (Marketplace Business News)
So, there aren’t enough tech grads for all the tech companies that require them, leaving empty jobs. All the while, there are fully capable non-degree holding professionals struggling to find career positions.
Tech companies like IBM and Google are aware of and embrace the movement of hiring non-degreed workers to meet business needs and to enrich culture.
Many traditionally ‘college required’ tech jobs are now open to experienced employees without a formal education. IBM has coined these positions; New Collar jobs.
The Ladder comments on New Collar jobs explaining that
Instead of focusing on what’s on paper, companies like IBM are more concerned with what applicants can do.
Similarly, Google has also moved away from hiring based on college GPA’s and transcripts, having found that they are not a good indicator of skills or competence. Business Insider explains “Following these revelations, the company is hiring more and more people who never even went to college”.
This is good news (if you want to work in Tech) for 3 reasons:
One; it’s of the highest-paying industries in the United States.