This is why skills are more important than diplomas
Are skills more important than diplomas?
Recently, I was challenged by an indoctrinated person on Facebook, who, after attacking me because of my way of thinking, damanded that I showed her diplomas that, in her mind would make me fit for expressing an opinion on social media.
She said: “When you are such a little thing that you try to be like a “I think I know something” in the social networks, what have you done? Have you invented something? Do you have any theory at least? Titles? Something?…”
Traditionally, people have been taught that it is necessary to have two, three or more university diplomas to be competitive, because governments said so and because companies have covered their needs guided by the number of degrees, certificates and diplomas expressed in each candidate’s curriculum vitae.
These pieces of paper have been for years proof of effort, preparation and training for entry into the world of work.
Having a university degree was considered, for decades, more than enough support to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to work in the area in which you have studied.
However, due largely to the pace of the digital revolution, the world of work evolves more quickly than the agendas of schools and business schools, and titles sometimes cease to be synonymous with being to the day of what the market demands. In fact, most university programs are completely obsolete.
The most advanced technology companies in Silicon Valley realized, when they began to submit their candidates to practical tests to demonstrate what they knew on how to cope with a real problem, that sitting them before a computer instead of rereading their résumés was more effective to learn about their true abilities and thei capacity to solve problems and perform at a high level.
Little by little, this mentality has been perceptible in the human resources departments of the companies, which begin to relativize the importance of the degrees and to put more the radar in the skills, the talent and the aptitudes.
This does not mean, far from it, that you do not have to train, but quite the opposite: we should never stop doing it.
We have been very alarmed seeing in the news that a large percentage of graduates have had to emigrate to find work or have been in need of jobs for those who are overqualified, without stopping to really think about what these figures want tell us
We can have ten titles, but what will really make the difference will be our value, the ability to be self-taught, to learn constantly throughout life in an effective way to be updated and respond to the demands of the labor market.
Despite this reality, society has much to do here. More than 70 percent of people asked about the importance of having a university degree, believes that it is essential that their children get a university degree.
It is admirable to do it, of course, but any doctorate, career, master or a simple course should always focus on the acquisition of practical skills for real life and not so much to pass exams that allow us to add some lines in the curriculum and frame a paper.
The competitiveness in the world of work is increasingly high and even the smallest detail will make the difference: either dominate the latest computer graphic design software or control the most advanced programming languages.
The life position with an office will no longer be waiting for us when we leave the university. The versatility and ability to train every day, even when we are self-taught, will be the key to the job we aspire to.
Someday, job interviews will stop starting with the listing of titles and start thinking about how they can add value to the company with their skills or how they will react to a real problem.