“Why Google Doesn’t Care About College Degrees?” was originally published on Inc.com on 3/1/2019 by writer Bethany Roberts.
The article focuses on how the internet is changing the way society feels about college degrees and their value, as well as how this shift has lowered the perceived value of those with a degree now. The article also discusses externalities caused by this shift, such as high tuition rates and an increase in external pressure to perform academically well in order to gain employment opportunities after college graduation.
In the article, Bethany Roberts states that “In today’s world, certain companies—and even people—only take into account the fruits of a college degree as a means to an end”. This is because many people now see higher education as necessary for securing a well-paying career and stable career stability. Therefore, it stands to reason that companies would only hire those without degrees if they believe it is to their benefit. This leads Bethany Roberts to question: “Why do so many companies seem so eager to screen out applicants without diplomas?”
The link between college and profession has changed since the 1950s when the time was less heavily valued than it is now. With the growth of technology and globalization, industries are now requiring people to perform tasks that they previously did not require college degrees for. This has led people who hold degrees to believe that they are more valuable than those who do not because their skillsets are rarer. The need for members of society with certain skill sets is becoming less necessary as technology continues to evolve. As a result, many workers see college as an older system of social mobility that they no longer need in order to be able to gain employment opportunities after graduation.
The issue now is that college degrees are considered more important than ever before, although the value of the degree has decreased over time. This is because many of the jobs available require college degrees, but the value of these degrees is declining. With this decline of value, external forces come into play that can harm prospective employers. For example, higher education institutions are raising tuition prices every year, making it increasingly expensive for students to attend college after graduation. This means that many students do not go to college at all because of this price hike, which affects both our society and colleges alike.
The majority of employees interviewed for this article indicate that they look at the college degree as an indication that a person is educated and has attained certain skillsets. However, many employees do not believe that the specific job obtained, therefore, warrants a college degree as well. This is because many of the skillsets gained in college come from the student’s independent learning rather than from what is taught in class. This means that a person with a degree could have learned their skillsets on their own, and so the employer has no idea of whether or not they actually have these skillsets.
The article then goes on to discuss Google and Apple’s hiring practices and how they base most of their hiring decisions on an applicant’s work experience rather than that applicant’s academic qualifications. The article states that these companies do consider whether or not a person has a degree; however, they do not consider it to be as important as other industry leaders such as IBM and Apple.
The article concludes by talking about the external pressures that are caused by this shift in the value of college degrees. This pressure is coming from parents, students, and employers who are all placing a high value on an undergraduate degree. College tuition rates are also increasing every year, so graduating from college does not seem to be worth the cost to many families. Lastly, there are many external forces in society today who believe that people should have college degrees regardless of what they do for a living. Students are being pressured by external factors whether or not they will need a degree after graduation to succeed in their career path. This pressure is causing many people to overwork themselves in order to complete college, as well as grade themselves harshly on assignments if they do not have a degree.
The piece is well written and has a good flow. It provides a solid explanation of the complex issue of increasing tuition rates and increasing external pressure to have a degree after graduating from college. The writing style is simplistic without being boring, and it is straightforward without being one-sided. There are no grammatical errors throughout the article that I noticed, and the article progresses without any issues that I was able to identify. The article does however use the F-word once, which is not acceptable in most publications or articles. The article would benefit from having more than one instance of the F-word used in it.
The article is successful at providing many different examples to address its overarching thesis. It provides an excellent connection between how Google doesn’t hire people even though they have degrees and how college has caused everyone to overvalue degrees. The examples are very clear and concise, and they are easy for the reader to follow along regarding their relationship between Google’s hiring practices and college degrees. There are also many alumni included throughout the piece that provide examples of how their college degree has affected their career path.
The author has done a great job at making it clear to the reader what the article’s subject is about. The article provides a very valid question regarding the relationship between college education and employment that needs to be addressed. The article also provides an excellent comparison between regular jobs that require no college degree and college jobs, which have increased in value because of inflation in tuition prices. This provides a solid connection between how Google looks over accepted applicants even though they have degrees and how colleges are raising tuition rates by almost double every year. This article is primarily looking at how college education has become overvalued throughout the years, and this gives many different examples of why college degrees should not be as highly valued as they are today.
The author does an excellent job of thoroughly explaining the consequences of the shift in the value of college degrees. The author provides specific consequences that show how there are external pressures on people to continue their education after high school, even though it may not be necessary for their career path. Colleges are also raising tuition prices by double every year, making it harder for students to afford a college degree because they cannot pay off student loans quickly enough with their degree.