Today, education is used as a bridge to the world of work. Everyone is competing for the highest level of academical degree with confidence that they can be delivered to the gates of roof-top companies with top positions.
In fact, not all companies require such degree to fill the positions offered, including technology giants in the United States.
“Our company, as you know, was founded by drop-out students,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “So, we never thought that a bachelor’s degree is something you must have. We always try to broaden our horizons,” he added.
The founder who referred to Cook was Steve Jobs, who left Reed College after one semester, to be able to enter the class which he thought was more interesting.
Cook even revealed that around half of Apple’s employees in the US last year also did not hold bachelor degrees. The reason is, not all universities teach skills that technology companies really need, such as coding skills.
Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens AS agrees that a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee career readiness. “Companies often offer a position by requiring a bachelor’s degree, even though there are no jobs that really need it.Humpton, summarized from Business Insider, Friday (04/12/2019).
Data that is not much different is also found LinkedIn. The professional networking platform reveals that many high-end companies today do not require a bachelor’s degree.
Positions offered without bachelor degree terms include electronic technicians, mechanical designers, and marketing representatives.
Bachelor’s Degree Income is Higher.
However, a college degree does not mean useless to the holder. According to a report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, workers who hold a bachelor’s degree earn on average more than 1,198 dollars per week.
This amount is higher than the average income of non-graduate employees of 802 US dollars (Rp. 11.3 million) a week. In the US, earning a bachelor’s degree is indeed quite difficult because it requires a large fee.
High school graduates often have to owe money by taking out loans to be able to study, or not going on to higher education. According to data from the US Department of Education, only 42 percent of high school students in the second year continue their education to get a diploma or bachelor’s degree.
In fact, even among scholars, not a few are struggling with jobs that really don’t need the degree.