Updated: Jul 22, 2022
Many businesses need a college degree; at Google, the word college isn't even its official guide to hiring!
With the rise of self-paced college programs and vocational learning, people can teach themselves all the needed skills to work at businesses.
Express a skill, not an expertise
College degrees are, almost by meaning, a certificate of expertise.
But a degree doesn't demonstrate what a graduate can do.
Can they perform an idea in front of a crowd?
Can they create a website?
Can they think about problems creatively?
For some people, college is just elementary. They can drink 10 rounds of beer until 4 a.m. and still ace a difficult exam the next day while their roommate is up till morning and get a B.
A college degree can't tell Google whether a candidate is naturally intelligent or is a hard worker, and Google would instead form someone with grit rather than someone who is a lazy high-achiever.
If you go to college, focus on skills.
If you want a job at Google, don't focus on your field, and make sure you graduate with all the skills and expertise you need to do amazing things in the world.
Digital Marketing Specialist