“Class of 2013: Your Degree Doesn’t Mean Squat” is the message Ilya Pozin, Founder of Ciplex, is professing in a LinkedIn article. He is not saying that earning a degree isn’t commendable. It is what a person does with the knowledge they’ve garnered from said degree that makes them worthwhile to a company.
If you think about it, a great number of people graduating from high schools these days are college-minded and college-bound. According to a 2009 Time article by Kristi Oloffson, a 2008 study found nearly 70% of high school graduates went on to college. The numbers have most likely incrementally risen in the past five years.
The article also seems to support what Pozin is saying in his article. Author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Daniel Pink was interviewed for the Time piece revealing:
Left-brain abilities that used to guarantee jobs have become easy to automate, while right-brain abilities are harder to find — “design, seeing the big picture, connecting the dots,” Pink says. He cites cognitive skills and self-direction as the types of things companies look for in job candidates.
Pozin seems to agree.
Simply having a college degree will not get you hired. We need to break away from this idea. In all reality, most employers could care less about your GPA or where you went to school.
Today, getting hired in entry-level positions requires experience and fine-tuned skills, not a 4.0 GPA. This probably isn’t what most new grads want to hear, but it’s the truth.
Many new college graduates enter their job search with a why-wouldn’t-someone-hire-me mindset. But most employers aren’t going to take on an entry-level hire unless they’re certain they’ll positively impact the company.
So the real question for new graduates to consider is this: What can you bring to the table that makes you worth hiring?
Read Pozin’s full article here. It provides five good tips for recent or future college grads who will be entering the job market.