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CNBC published an article citing the renowned job search site of the United States of America Glassdoor, that Facebook, Google, IBM along with another top 12 tech product and services companies have ended the requirement of a university degree.

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It is not a move made out of the blue as there were several indicators over the years that these companies, especially in the tech industry like Facebook and Google, are gradually shunning the clause of “being a graduate” for their employees.

This particular development is very significant to predict the job market of the future. Hence the youth who wants to serve in the service sector and dreams to be employed in the leading companies of the world one day, needs to transform themselves on the requisite criteria which companies are now looking for.

 

Why Facebook and other companies not looking for university graduates only anymore?

It is a common perception, particularly in South Asia, that for a bright future one needs to have a university degree. There is a blind focus on part of society, parents and even sometimes students themselves that a university degree in Engineering or technical fields will land them in high paying jobs.

Keeping the same perception in mind, the students indulge themselves so much into the process that the basic aim of “learning the concept” is superseded by a piece of paper called a degree.

University degrees certainly increase the knowledge base for a particular field and it is true that there are certain fields which definitely need a degree or a certification for an individual to pursue that career i.e. medicine.

But in the case of the tech industry, the academic knowledge does not come in as handy as the practical know-how of the subject. Facebook wants you to be an efficient programmer, a thinker and a go-getter, something which universities, in Pakistan especially, do not teach.

One needs to have suitable emotional intelligence, command over the required skill sets instead of just theoretically knowing how stuff works.

 

Education and knowledge which was once clearly defined within the boundaries of disciplines and sub-disciplines are breaking the barriers now. A mechanical engineers job used to the design of robot and computer engineer would write the code for its working, but now there is continuous overlapping of knowledge where people are making themselves familiar with the broad base of knowledge.

 

Secondly, particularly in the case of the tech industry, the goal is to get the most efficient and smart product and service which has to do with the operational knowledge and implementation rather the academic one.

Not all the universities, in fact in Pakistan, only a few proceed with the aim of building the skill set of the students as required by the industry.

Resultantly when they graduate with a very high GPA, believing it to be the key factor in the job market, to their shock they are not the ones being pursued by the companies.

Profit maximization and innovation are the two most important goals for the companies like Facebook, Google, and IBM and it is ultimately the people who possess the sound skillset rather ones who have received a goal medal but their practical knowledge is very limited.

Does it mean that the university degree is worth nothing?

Not exactly. A person having an interest in technology when taught with the goal of enhancing what he already knows and polishing his abilities can lead to wonders.

But for that purpose, we need to have universities with the same goal and aspiration. The classic example, in this case, is the discovery of rocket fuel by the students of a world-renowned institute CalTech.

An aerodynamic student Frank Malina, a self-taught chemist Jack Parsons and a mechanic Ed Forman lit their dorm on fire while testing a rocket.

Resultantly, CalTech banished them into far-off mountains and asked them to carry on their tests which ultimately led to the formation of Jet Propulsion Lab, JPL.

Since its founding, JPL has either led or been involved with more than 125 NASA missions, many of which have explored the Solar System beyond Earth. When a university with all its resources couples with the talented and aspired young brains, then the sky is the limit.

And as stated earlier that there are certain professions which require a formal degree. Medicine practice is the most common and easily understandable example in this regard to grasping the concept.

Gradually more people are getting into things like programming and technology which is providing companies like Facebook and Google with a bigger idea pool to pick from.

But overall, is degree enough to lead to a bright future?

Unfortunately, no. Especially in the context of Pakistan which has a limited job market and certainly not flexible enough to cater to the influx of hundreds of thousands of graduates in a wide range of fields.

The quantity of university graduates is too large in number and random in number. There is no statistics about the people Pakistan as a country needs in the next decade or so.

Admissions into the universities are sought based on the general perception of the scope and size of the job market for that specific field. Resultantly there is a relative saturation in almost every existing field.

 

 One needs to have a competitive edge in his/her field of study to be tapped in by the viable employers and simple GPA and a university degree is too common a things these days. It can only happen if you are into a subject or a field which you are passionate about.

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Mohammed Akash

The writer is a student, and has interest in Global Politics, Culture, Strategic Security and Military doctrines.

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