Dec 12, 2019
There has been a lot of conversation in recent times about how tech companies are planning for the future: how they train employees; how they develop skills for remote working; what incentives they have for employees continuously up-skilling themselves...
Some companies are spending money on putting together training centres. Others like Microsoft, are funding initiatives that foster skills-oriented hiring, training and education. The general direction is clearly towards skilling people rather than educating them.
Although it seems impossible for a handful of skills-up initiatives to topple the academic qualification route, what seems to be clear is that to be hired for the tech industry, one only needs demonstrable skills.
Qualification matters very little if one can write a program that demonstrates their depth of understanding and skill.
When Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates, was asked how he searches for programmers, ''Producing great software isn't engineering, it's an art form,'' he said. He found musicians and philosophy students more suited to programming than graduates with programming degrees.
The shift to hiring people with a broad range of skills is also because high-demand jobs of yesterday are becoming obsolete as technology progresses.
As technology progresses, nearly everyone now agrees that broadening one's skill-set directly correlates to increased opportunities in the job market.
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