Google is a search engine that is used to obtain information about (someone or something) on the World Wide Web. It is the best American Multinational Technology company which is considered as the best place to work for in many surveys. Well, you must be thinking, what if you wanted to join that company and need a degree from Harvard to get in the door of Google, right?
No, it’s not true. According to Laszlo Bock, Google’s chairman and head of People Operations at Google told how they scrutinize applications for hiring employees. They value expertise and experiences of the candidates rather than their college degrees because according to them degrees don’t unveil talent.
Back then, during the starting phase when their company was small, Google cared a lot about hiring the finest and foremost kids from Harvard and Stanford. Laszlo Bock said that they were “wrong” at that time with their hiring scheme. As for now, they think experience over the period of time has taught them, there are extraordinary kids at many other places such as locals and school pass outs.
Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of people operations, in a conversation with “The New York Times,” reveals their hiring strategies. “He said their hiring process is different now, and they accept the fact of hiring employees with college degrees is not really obligatory”. He has also given out some essential details on what Google Company is really looking for, in an applicant’s profile for Google. This episode reveals that Google is looking for people with skills and experiences. Their college degree does not tell them how much they are talented in their type.
You don’t need to have a college degree to be talented
“Whenever you look at people who do not go to school and make their ways in the world with best terms, those are symbolized as exceptional human beings”. One of the best epitomai is ‘Albert Einstein, he was one of the masters who never went to school for any educational degree but still regarded the greatest physicist.
In today’s context, many businesses around us do not really ‘require’ a college or university degree. At Google, the word ‘college degree’ isn’t even its official guide for hiring their employees. With the rise of plenty of self-paced college courses and vocational learning, there are many young talent-driven people who are already proficient in themselves for all necessary skills to work at the company.
Try to illustrate a skill, not an expertise
The college degree that you are trying so hard to complete is just a certificate of expertise. By that means, you can tell the world that you know something about your particular field only based on theoretical knowledge but you can gain practical knowledge from a person who has content knowledge even in absence of a degree.
For example, when you get a degree in journalism and it is meant to tell you that the world will see you as a journalist but you lack skills for telling stories and interviewing people for a news company. Thus, the degree without skills is just a paper with a stamp on it. It is your capability that defines your credibility.
Hereby, a piece of paper really doesn’t say what a graduate can do. Does your degree help to present your dilemma and opinion for ideas in front of the crowd? No, it does not. Do they build a website and make you use the basic software’s on the computer? Can a college degree help you to think instantly about the solutions about problems at work or anything? NO, the degree just can’t help you enough to pass tests or work like a pro.
Focus on logic and creative nature
Human beings are born creative it’s your determination to examine your creativity and then work for it. Human beings are by nature creative beings, but one can only be successful with both nature and logic. Those are the skills you need to learn. The creative and well-structured thinking people are one who can be the best workforce without a degree. According to Bock, for them to hire someone in Google, some of the skills that they must learn is to be creative.
Thinking logically may seem easy at some point, but it goes way beyond the programming For instance, back in the year 2010, Facebook had put up a blog post that claims political candidates who have more fans were more likely to win their elections. This simply implies that getting more Facebook fans would improve their chances to be better. In this situation, an uncertain argument emerged that states the fans never make you smart, it is the work you do which makes you stand out among the rest. Therefore, it is your logical creativity that will make you worthwhile.
According to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, he once said: “It looks like the thing that separates out the capable students from the really successful ones is not so much their knowledge but their perseverance at something”. There are certain things that separate out the skillful and qualified students among the non-qualified ones. For example, college is just really easy to some people. They can hang around, pick the glasses for a party, and enjoy their games whenever they want and still ace an exam the next day with no knowledge.
The worthiness only comes with discipline, so they search talents like goodness and worthiness, not the ones who just pass degree for the record. It’s the fortitude that shows the worthiness of really successful and knowledgeable people. The determination and utmost dedication at something is all that Google simply wants. Meaning, thereby, the person with empathy and grit rather than someone who’s just lazy high-achiever.
If you go to college, focus on skills
Lazlo Block said, “My belief is not that one shouldn’t go to college, but most of the people don’t put enough thought into why they’re going and what they really want out of it.”
If you go to college, focus on skills
Both Bock and Schmidt share a similar view that people should definitely go to college but the degree shouldn’t just mean to have a stamp of expertise in the form of degree. Hence for applying to Google, you don’t need to remember what was your major subject in college but you should have all the skills and experiences you need to do awesome things in the world and stand out amongst the crowd.
I am Richa Bhattarai, currently living in Kathmandu, pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I am interested in freelancing as a data entry clerk, article editing and writing, and any job that keeps me occupied in my leisure time.
My other interest includes photography, traveling and I am currently an active member of Rotaract Club of Newroad City.