In recent weeks, the world of HR was shaken by news published on Glassdoor. More than 15 companies - including Apple and Google - no longer hold the requirement of a college diploma or degree for job prospects. Does this make any difference to you and your business?
First of all, we must be clear that this change has been made in the US branches of these companies, which indicates a suggestive future for their affiliates here in the UK and the market as a whole. Nevertheless, it was not adopted locally.
Another point that we must make clear is the fact of not requiring a diploma does not mean that companies will no longer have demands on the knowledge of professionals, but quite the opposite.
“What companies are showing us is that it is not enough to just have a diploma or a certificate to prove your knowledge!”
Knowledge will be questioned and should be proven in practice, both in the stages of the selective process and day-to-day after the candidate is hired.
Moreover, these companies have already understood that in a world of constant transformation and multitudes of means for acquiring knowledge, the most important thing is not “where” or “in what way” the candidate has acquired their knowledge, but rather if they can harness this knowledge and put it into practice.
It is clear that these companies have become focused on one’s ability to realise what you need to learn for the job and their willingness to do this. This is known as learning agility, which is directly related to cognitive flexibility, one of the main skills needed by professionals of the future, according to the World Economic Forum. This suggests that what is becoming increasingly important for the future is if we can put knowledge into practice and perceive changes around us to then understand what we need to further learn to support our companies in staying up-to-date and competitive.
“In practice, this attitude refers to Darwin's theory of evolution, according to which is not the strongest or the smartest who survives, but the most adaptable.”
The real question is: Are you prepared to adapt to these changes?
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