No One Cares About Your College Degree Anymore
Thomas Friedman: Employers care only about whether you can add value
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Thomas Friedman makes the case today that employers don't much care anymore about what kind of degree a person has or where it's from. Online university? Ivy League? Self-taught? It doesn't matter, writes Friedman in the New York Times, as long as applicants can answer affirmatively the following question: "Can you add value?" And doing so in today's fast-changing labor market requires job candidates to be entrepreneurial and ever-evolving.

Friedman talks to the founders of a start-up company that acts as a kind of filtering service between clients looking to fill job openings and potential employees. “A degree document is no longer a proxy for the competency employers need," says one of the founders, because many of the “skills you need in the workplace today are not being taught by colleges.” More so than ever, it's up to individuals to understand that, writes Friedman. These days, a handsome diploma or resumé is far less important than "what you can do and what you can continuously reinvent yourself to do." Click for his full column.

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looking4seniors
May 31, 2013 2:40 AM CDT
When there are too many people unemployed, employers can make all kinds of demands and do. My advice to new graduates is to put up with the bull shit for now. Times will change. It is up to the employer to make value proposition to the customers. Just go along and bide your time for now.
quersty
May 30, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
In his article Friedman quotes from a "Harvard" professor. Not just any old professor mind you. And he sent his daughters to Yale and Williams. And he himself married into one of the richest families in the US. His family is an elite of the elite. I'd take his job advice with more a few grains of salt.
phlanx06
May 30, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
This author must be talking about business majors when he references not worrying about having a degree. Because there is no way in hell you can get a technical job such as an engineer or researcher without a degree....