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Are you still wasting your time and money on getting a degree?

Once upon a time, when I was a young woman, ready to join the workforce, I decided I wanted to work in IT. Back then, the key to getting my foot in that door was to present potential employers with a relevant diploma. Knowing that I spent money, a lot of time and effort on getting a degree in computer science.

As I expected, having this piece of paper opened many doors for me.

However, the surprising thing was that even after working in the IT industry for quite a few years, developing my skills and gaining a lot of experience, having this degree was still a mandatory requirement to be recruited by different employers.

I always wondered about the logic behind it. As you are probably aware, for many degrees, what you learn in uni, is not preparing you for what you need to do in that industry. Therefore, having many years of experience in a particular field is much more valuable than being able to show a piece of paper.

Luckily, recent market forces have pushed many employers to realise that they can’t afford to request a degree if they want to stay in business. The workforce shortage meant that to find employees, there was a need to shift from degree-based hiring to skill-based.

Once made this switch, employers find that recruiting based on skills, and not a diploma, is proving to work to their advantage.

Moreover, many employers have noticed that degree-based hiring is becoming obsolete.

Here are a few reasons why skills-based hiring is so beneficial –

  1. Employers find great candidates who don’t have a piece of paper but have the right experience or could be trained for the role.

  2. Employers enjoy a more diverse workforce.

  3. Recruitment time is shorter.

Elon Musk has declared that Tesla doesn’t care if you finish high school. They only care about whether you have the needed skills.

In a world that is changing rapidly, where new jobs are popping up every day, a world where we must keep learning new skills as technology improves, we must change the learning environment we provide our children.

It is time to move away from passing down information and rote learning to providing a learning environment where our children develop their –

Problem-solving skills, creative thinking, empathy, collaboration, critical thinking, innovative mindset, resilience, and love for learning.

It is time to create a learning environment where students lead their learning and are empowered to drive change within their communities.

It is time to adopt Design Thinking as the teaching framework, so our children can thrive today and in the future.

If you want to learn more about Design Thinking and how you can adopt this powerful way of teaching, get in touch at #designthinking #thefutureofeducation #howtoteach21stcenturyskills #innovationineducation

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