Education is extremely important for any nation that wants to play in the knowledge economy, and I believe that Nigeria is not investing enough in education. Be that as it may, being a player in technology ecosystem, I think of being educated differently because, while I agree that education is important, I think the medium of delivery is changing rapidly.
The news that top technology companies would no longer require a college degree to decide on who to employ finally put to rest what I have always predicted, particularly, in some technology-related fields. Let me make this clear, the technology companies are not saying that they would employ people who are not knowledgeable, but are simply saying that they wouldn’t use college degree as a criterion. Isn’t this a rather disruptive mindset for some of the most advanced companies in the world?
The Chief Executive Officer of IBM, Ginni Rometty, in a USA Today column, shares her thoughts, stating that not all technology gigs would require a university degree. Here is an excerpt: “As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills – which in turn require new approaches to education, training and recruiting. And the surprising thing is that not all these positions require advanced education. Certainly, some do – such as in quantum computing and artificial intelligence. But in many other cases, new collar jobs may not require a traditional college degree. In fact, at a number of IBM’s locations in the United States, as many as one-third of employees don’t have a four-year degree. What matters most is that these employees – with jobs, such as cloud computing technicians and services delivery specialists – have relevant skills, often obtained through vocational training.”
It beats my imagination why developing countries like Nigeria place a lot of importance on paper qualification, neglecting vocational training completely. What makes matters worse is that it is impossible for every single Nigerian to pass through the four walls of a university.
A few years ago, a global accounting company, Ernst & Young, announced that it was scrapping having a degree from its entry requirements because it found no link between outstanding university results and success in life. That announcement came as a shock to the corporate world, considering the pedigree of EY.
It is clear to any discerning mind that a lot of things have changed and technology is changing the way people learn and access information. The rising trend is that — Finish Reading on the Punch